Monday, January 28, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 28

1920 Turkish National Pact said Turkey gave up rights to all Ottoman provinces with Arab
majorities including Basra and Baghdad Did not include Mosul province which Turkey claimed had Turkish majority Kurds called Turks
1920 British also claimed Mosul province which it occupied after armistice with Ottomans in 1918
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
1941 Regent appointed 2 new ministers to try to unseat PM Gaylani leading Gaylani to plot
against Regent
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1954 PM Jamali ended martial law imposed Nov 1952
1979 Saddam visited Syria for Higher Political Committee meeting to unify 2 countries Agreed to
meet in Baghdad to discuss constitutional changes to allow merger
1985 Iran attacked Qasr e-Shirin central Iran across from Diyala attempting to take mountains
outside Sumer
1985 Iraq attacked taking back most of South Majnoon Island from Iranians
1987 Iraq air strike on Larak Island for 2nd time was new Iranian loading port for tankers farther
south Thought to be out of range of Iraqi jets
1987 Iraqi counterattack pushed Iranians out of beachhead west of Fish Lake defensive line in
Basra during Iran Op Karbala 5
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1991 Saddam told CNN Iraq would be admired for its fighting spirit Iraq could use WMD but
hoped it wouldn’t go that far Said Iraq would win war
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1998 UK discussed using force against Iraq to ensure continued UN weapons inspections
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1999 Clinton’s Natl Sec Adv Berger OpEd in Wash Post said sanctions and Oil for Food program
positives because made Iraq spend money on its people
2003 Bush’s State of Union said Iraq wasn’t disarming and hiding its programs from weapons
inspections Bush said Iraq had 25,000 liters of anthrax enough to make 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin Making sarin and VX gas Had mobile WMD labs Bush asked what 9/11 hijackers could’ve done if given WMD by Iraq Said British learned Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for its nuke program Said Saddam was harboring Al Qaeda members
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 UK For Sec Straw told For Office legal adv Wood that he didn’t think 2nd UN resolution was
necessary for action vs Iraq
2003 ORHA head Garner met with NSC’s Zalimay who said goal of postwar Iraq should be getting
Iraqis to govern as soon as possible
2003 Cheney chief of staff Libby gave copy of his briefing on Iraq WMD and ties to Al Qaeda to
Powell to be used as basis for his UN speech
2004 Ex-IraqSurveyGroup’s Kay told Congress everyone wrong about Iraq having stocks of WMD
but did have programs Kay told Congress an investigation was needed on intel failure over Iraq’s WMD
2004 White House said that Iraq Survey Group needed more time to make conclusions about
whether Iraq had WMD or not
2004 Hutton Inquiry said Sep 02 dossier on Iraq’s WMD had not been influenced by political
pressure from Blair govt
2004 UN Sec Gen Annan said UN delegation would go to Iraq to look into elections
2004 CPA Order 55 created Integrity Commission to investigate corruption
(Musings On Iraq article on creation and problems with Integrity Commission)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 
(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)
2006 Aglus Sunnah wal Jammah joined Mujahadeen Shura Council
2007 Soldiers of Heaven started revolt in Najaf leaving almost 300 dead
2007 Baquba mayor fired for charges of working with insurgents 1500 police fired by new provincial
police chief for deserting posts in Nov 2006
2007 Iran’s Amb to Iraq offered counter to Surge Said Iran would open banks fund major
reconstruction projects provide electricity and fuel train equip advise Iraqi forces
2007 Sec State Rice sent letter to Senate Armed Service Comm saying that White House told Maliki
govt US backing was not open ended and expected Baghdad to pass certain laws Sametime said Maliki govt had not passed provincial election, oil or deBaathification law
2009 Early voting in provincial elections
(Musings On Iraq article on 2009 provincial elections)
(Musings On Iraq article on details on Iraq’s voting system)
2011 Protest in Mosul demanded govt release of prisoners
2016 PM Abadi met with Pres Masum Speaker Jabouri to talk about technocratic govt and reforms
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2018 Report General Dynaics pulled out most of its maintenance crews for Iraqi army’s Abrams
tanks because some were in Hashd hands
(Musings On Iraq article on Abrams tanks with Hashd) 

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