Monday, February 4, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 4

1917 British defeated Ottoman forces at Hai River
1925 League of Nations Mosul commission final report said Mosul should go to British Iraq
Mandate with Kurds getting concessions Said British Mandate in Iraq should continue to ensure stability
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
1963 Gen Qasim arrested 1 opponent as Communists warned of an impending coup
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1979 Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr began Islam Guides to Life series that outlied his ideas on an Islamic
political system
1981 Iraq received around 100 tanks from Eastern Europe
(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)
1996 UK intel team arrived in Wash DC to get CIA equipment to tap into Iraqi communications to
help UN inspectors
1998 UK intel report said UN inspectors had destroyed majority of Iraq’s WMD programs
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Blair govt talked about how dangerous Saddam was due to his WMD capabilities
2003 US gave documents on alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal to IAEA
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 UN inspectors looked at two alleged mobile WMD labs and found nothing
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2003 CIA analyst emailed Dep Chief Iraq Task Force against using Curveball story that Iraq had mobile
WMD labs Dept Chief told analyst war coming so didn’t matter if there were questions about Curveball and his mobile WMD labs story
2003 CIA Dir Tenet warned by European chief Drumheller that there were problems with Curveball’s story
that Iraq had mobile WMD labs Tenet said don’t worry
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
2003 Blair said plan was to get UN to show Iraq not cooperating on WMD and then have Arab
countries make Saddam step down
2003 Powell and Turkey’s Foreign Min Yakis met to talk about US aid in return for using Turkey in
Iraq invasion
2004 UK intel officer said intel heads ignored warnings that Iraqi WMD could not be confirmed
before invasion
2004 Future IS leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi arrested by Americans and sent to Camp Bucca
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)
2005 Early election results had United Iraqi Alliance 44% Kurds 18% Iraqiya 12% of vote
2007 Report was debate within Bush admin over whether to back PM Maliki or replace him with VP Adel
Abdul Mahdi Decided to support Maliki
2008 Sadr renewed Mahdi Army ceasefire after 6 months 

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