Sunday, December 30, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 30

2002 For Sec Straw and Sec of State Powell thought UN inspections would not provide
smoking gun against Iraq so alternatives needed
2002 UN inspectors said they had gone to all major suspected WMD sites and found nothing
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2002 Report Reagan admin and its Middle East envoy Rumsfeld did nothing while Iraq used WMD
in Iran-Iraq War
2002 NYTimes article said CIA looking into Iraq buying smallpox from a Russian scientist
2003 White House meeting on what to do about Governing Council going to UN to ask them with
help to transition to sovereignty White House decided they would try to block any UN plans for Iraq because wanted to keep control of process Meeting then turned to security Cheney said he wanted to eliminate Sadr
2005 Oil Min Uloom put on leave after opposing govt plan to increase prices on gas and cooking oil
Replaced by Dep PM Chalabi
2005 South Korea’s parliament okayed plan to withdraw 1/3 of its forces from Iraq Korea had 3rd
largest Coalition force in Iraq
2006 Iraqi govt hanged Saddam Hussein while Sadrists taped it and chanted Moqtada
2006 Naqshibandi insurgent group formed
2009 British hostage Peter Moore released by Asib Ahl Al-Haq in return for release of leader Qais
Khazali Moore and 4 bodyguards kidnapped from Fin Min building Baghdad in 2007 Op planned by Iran’s Rev Guard Brits were held in Iran for most of 2 year captivity
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s role in kidnapping Brits)
2009 2 suicide bombers hit provincial council building in Ramadi killing 27 and injuring 100
including Gov Fahadawi
2013 Anbar sheikhs gave govt 12 hour ultimatum to release MP Alwani arrested by PM Maliki
2013 PM Maliki used death of army’s 7th Div cmdr to order Ramadi and Fallujah protest camps to be
closed Led to call to arms in Fallujah Closure helped insurgency to return
2013 Gunmen appeared in Fallujah after protest site there closed setting up checkpoints
            and fighting with ISF
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki crackdown on Anbar protests) 

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