Tuesday, January 29, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 29

1917 British captured Ottoman fort at Khadairi Bend in campaign to recapture Kut
1948 PM Jabr forced to resign over protests over Anglo-Iraq treaty organized by Communists
Regent also against Jabr
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1948 Sayid Mohammed al-Sadr replaced Jabr as PM
1953 Jamil al-Midfai became PM for 5th time
1982 King Hussein said Jordanian troops would be sent to Iraq to help in Iran-Iraq War
1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 crossed Jassim Canal in Basra with 3 days of human wave attacks
 (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 Iraq launched probing attack upon Saudi city of Khafji occupying it
2002 Bush State of Union called Iraq part of Axis of Evil Said it still had WMD programs Iran and
North Korea added to Axis of Evil speech because Bush admin didn’t want to be seen as focusing upon Iraq
2003 UN Amb Negroponte said Iraq bought aluminum tubes for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Rumsfeld said Iraq had a nuke weapons program and tried to buy uranium from Africa
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Powell Chief of Staff Wilkerson went over info to be used in Powell speech to UN at CIA HQ
2003 State’s Wilkerson rejected using Cheney Chief of Staff’s briefing as basis for Powell’s UN
speech CIA Dir Tenet said NIE on Iraq should be used instead
2003 Aid groups warned that if Pentagon ran postwar Iraq many international donors would be
reluctant to give relief
2004 NatlSecAdv Rice said what US predicted about Iraq WMD before war not what found
afterward Rice said Saddam deceived US and world about his WMD
2004 State Dept said failure to find out about Iraq’s WMD was not US failure but international
2004 Ex-Iraq Survey Group head Kay told Bush Saddam wanted Iraqis to believe country had
WMD when it didn't Kay said he thought Saddam destroyed his WMD stocks because too easy to find Bush asked Kay why Saddam didn’t admit he had  no WMD Kay said Saddam wanted fear to stop revolts by Shiites and Kurds
2005 RAND Corp Iraq became center for jihadist cause and cause of terrorism in rest of world
2005 Human Rights Watch US Abu Ghraib prison scandal became recruitment tool for terrorists
2006 Al Qaeda sent 2nd letter to Ansar al-Sunnah saying it sent representative to Iraq to work out
issues with Al Qaeda in Iraq
2006 Sharia Committee for the Army of the Followers of the Sunnah and the Collective joined
Mujahedeen Shura Council Emir of group was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s group
2006 Report after US made deal with sheikhs in Ramadi against Al Qaeda in Iraq in mid-Jan 3
sheikhs assassinated leading tribes to retaliate against AQI
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2006 Report 3 Islamist insurgent groups once aligned with Al Qaeda in Iraq in Ramadi broke with
2006 National Security Adviser Rubaie said Al Qaeda in Iraq feuding with Islamic Army and
Mujahedeen Army
(Musings On Iraq article on splits within insurgency)
2007 Report US officials skeptical whether Maliki would back Surge and go after Sadr US didn't tell
Maliki about raids on Sadrists because he would try to stop them Maliki got US to release arrested Sadrists US intelligence tapped Maliki’s conversation and confirmed he was telling his advisers he would back Surge
2010 Blair testified to Chilcot Inquiry that Saddam was a threat to the world that had to be dealt
with That if Iraq wasn’t invaded in 2003 world would have to deal with Saddam later and could have been more difficult Said 9/11 changed perceptions of Iraq in both US and England
2018 Parliament voted to end sanctions on banks doing business in Kurdistan and sent $210 mil in
salaries for KRG’s Health and Education Ministry workers
(Musings On Iraq article on Baghdad-Irbil reconciliation moves)

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