Friday, February 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 8

1922 UK Sec of War Evans wrote cabinet Iraqi army weak British military presence small Iraq
vulnerable to Turkey tribal unrest so UK should withdraw from Mosul
1963 Baath-military coup against Gen Qasim Started with assassination of Air Force chief Radio station at
Abu Ghraib seized
1963 Defense Ministry where Qasim was bombed during coup Communists took to streets and fought army
in Baghdad
1963 National Council of the Revolutionary Command created to run new govt
1963 CIA allegedly supported 1963 coup because Qasim’s Communist support Gave Baath lists of
Communists to eliminate
(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)
1980 Saddam proposed pan-Arab charter of non-aligned Arab states to oppose superpowers in region and to
unite against Iran
1992 Report Bush authorized $30 mil CIA program to overthrow Saddam
2003 Bush said Iraq tried to buy equipment for WMD Saddam authorized his commanders to use chemical
2003 Iraq turned over new documents about its WMD programs to UN inspectors that was called
2003 UN inspectors went to site CURVEBALL defector claimed was secret WMD facility and found
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2004 After Iraq Survey Group said it found no stockpiles of WMD Bush said they could still be found and
Saddam was still dangerous
2004 Report British intel spied on UN Security Council in 2003 during deliberations on 2nd resolution to
authorize force vs Iraq
2004 Japanese troops arrived in Iraq for first overseas deployment since WWII
2006 Senate Foreign Relations Comm told oil electricity water sewage all below pre-war levels in Iraq
2007 ISI told new Baiji refinery director general that only Sunnis were to be hired at the facility
2007 US-Iraqi raid arrested Dep Health Min Zamili Accused of hiring Mahdi Army members into Health
Ministry Embezzled money from ministry Used ministry for kidnappings and murders Used ambulances to ferry weapons and militiamen across Baghdad
2007 Report US soldiers unsure of ISF units they worked with in Baghdad during Surge Iraqi officers sold
their soldiers uniforms ISF beat suspects at checkpoints Took bribes from suspects to be released Executed suspects
2007 Report CPA financial adv Adm Oliver said he didn’t know if the $8.8 bil given to Iraqi ministries in
03-04 was spent or not Said he didn’t care Said it was Iraqi money
2008 Sahwa in Diyala went on strike demanding provincial police chief be replaced accused of running
death squads and torturing prisoners
2011 Parliament human rights comm opened investigation of Camp Honor secret prison in Baghdad run by
Maliki Nothing came of it
(Musings On Iraq article on Camp Honor prison)
2014 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant factions
2015 Peshmerga destroyed villages in 5 districts in southern Kirkuk

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