Friday, December 28, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 28

1929 Fmr Iraq High Comm Dobbs said if Iraq moved forward in its own dysfunctional way
and was better off than it was under Ottomans England would have succeeded
1998 U.S. began attacks upon Iraqi air defense system in north as part of no fly zones
1998 Italian paper claimed Saddam and bin Laden made pact to act against US and Iraq offered
Saddam safe haven False story
2001 Gen Franks presented Bush with latest version of Iraq war plan Included 7 lines of operation
that could be used independently or in conjunction and 9 parts of Iraq that could be targeted Franks wanted to start building up US forces in Gulf and information campaigns immediately Franks said that US would be ready for war with Iraq by April to June 2002 Franks also wanted US to start working with Iraqi opposition inside Iraq
2001 CIA Dir Tenet said Iraqi opposition wouldn't work with US without seeing strong commitment
from Washington
2001 Bush asked Franks if plan good enough to win Franks said yes with some work
2001 Bush ordered State and Defense Depts to start building up support amongst regional countries
for Iraq invasion
2001 Richard Perle of Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board OpEd in NY Times said US had to attack
2002 Report NSC Sr Dir Near East Abrams drafted plan for US to seize control of Iraq’s southern oil
2003 Iraqi Governing Council wrote letter to UN about CPA’s plans to hold caucuses instead of
elections for new Iraq parliament
2004 Bin Laden online statement praised Zarqawi giving him allegiance
(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)
2005 UN endorsed December elections for a permanent Iraqi parliament
2006 Report Mahdi Army moving block by block across Ghaziliya Baghdad forcing out Sunnis Many
displaced Sunnis moved to center of district where sheikh set up militia to protect them from Mahdi Army
2006 NSC agreed that Petraeus would be new Iraq commander for Surge
2010 PM Maliki said no changes would be made to the SOFA agreement with the US and all its
troops would leave Iraq
2010 Sadrist Dway became governor of Maysan in return for Sadr’s support for Maliki’s 2nd term
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr-Maliki quid pro quo Maysan governorship for 2nd term for Maliki)
2012 Protests spread from Fallujah to Diyala Ninewa and Salahaddin in response to Maliki issuing
warrant for Fin Min Issawi
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s moves against Fin Min Issawi)
2013 Maliki ordered arrest of MP Alwani for taking part in protests Gun battle ensued killing
Alwani’s brother and some of his bodyguards
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki crackdown on Anbar protests)
2013 Speaker Nujafi said arrest of PM Alwani illegal due to parliamentary immunity Called for
2013 Speaker Nujafi’s parliamentary investigative group into arrest of PM Alwani blocked from
entering Anbar by ISF
2013 Curfew imposed in Ramadi
2014 Iran announced Iranian Rev Guard Gen Taqavi died in Salahaddin fighting IS 5th IRGC
member killed in Iraq during war
(Musings On Iraq article on death of IRGC general)
2015 Iraqi forces freed Ramadi
2016 Last bridge crossing Tigris in Mosul destroyed by Coalition airstrike to prevent IS retreating
from eastern to western section of city
2017 KRG PM Barzani said that pM Abadi was punishing the Kurds and unwilling to compromise
while Maliki was offering reconciliation Came afer Maliki gave interview to Rudaw saying that Baghdad-Irbil relations needed to be improved
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki-KDP reconciliation) 

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