Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 30

1927 1st student protest in Iraq held over firing of teachers Organized by Communists
(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)
1928 Sheikh Dhari who led revolt against British in Upper Euphrates/Anbar sentenced to death Was
commuted to life in prison
1941 Regent of Iraq fled Baghdad for Diwaniya fearing retaliation by PM Gaylani
1941 British were hoping to use Regent fleeing to spread unrest in Iraq to remove PM Gaylani from
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1984 State Dept memo said that US considered discouraging military exports to Iraq
1985 Iraq attacked Said Saad
(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 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 ordered Op Samarra hit and run air attacks on Coalition air force
1991 400 US Special Forces were sent into western Iraq to try to find SCUD missiles
2001 1st NSC meeting of Bush admin talked about how Iraq destabilizing Middle East CIA Dir Tenet
provided intel Iraq working on WMD at factory Treasury Sec O’Neil asked about WMD intel Tenet admitted no confirmation that Iraq producing WMD Sec of State Powell argued for smart sanctions
2001 Sec of Def Rumsfeld wrote memo noting Iraq and others trying to buy advanced military
2002 Rice said Axis of Evil countries had to be dealt with diplomatically but at same time said they
couldn’t be negotiated with
2002 CIA unclassified report to Congress Said Iraq trying to rebuild its nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 Bush told Italian Premier Berlusconi that Iraq would be disarmed and Saddam removed
2003 UN Amb Negroponte told Senate aluminum tubes Iraq bought were not right for rockets in
response to IAEA findings Same hearing Dep Sec of State Armitage said there were differences in US about the tubes
2003 White House spokesman said Bush stood by claim that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were
for nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 UK Att Gen Goldsmith wrote Blair telling him UN Res 1441 didn’t authorize use of force
against Iraq
2003 Aid group warned that breakdown of law and order likely right after Iraq invasion unless US
immediately established control
2003 Powell’s chief of staff Wilkerson began going through intel on Iraq with CIA for Powell’s Feb
03 UN speech
2004 CIA and Congressional inquiries no evidence White House pressured US intel on Iraq’s WMD
and ties with Al Qaeda
2004 Congressional committee found CIA relied too much on circumstantial outdated and satellite
and intercept intel on Iraq WMD
2005 Elections held for parliament to draft new Iraqi constitution Sunnis boycotted vote Also voted
for provincial councils
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2007 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon report US struggling to increase capacity of Iraqi ministries US
turned over projects and Iraqis couldn’t maintain them One problem 3 Iraqi govts in short period of time New govt purged previous bureacrats from ministries Parties hired people based upon nepotism and patronage rather than competence US didn’t have single group in charge of capacity building Meant no unified effort
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)
2012 Maliki warned Salahaddin governor that he would be removed if he pushed provincial
2014 8 gunmen stormed Human Rights Min office in Baghdad and took hostages Were killed

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