Wednesday, June 19, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 19


1914 Germany and Britain asked Ottomans for oil concessions in Mosul and Baghdad provinces
1935 UK Ambassador to Iraq said King Ghazi was a playboy who was completely absorbed by his hobbies
and neglected his country
1937 Pan-Arab military officers withdrew their support for head of army Gen Bakr Sidqi
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1981 UN Resolution 487 condemned Israel’s destruction of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor
1985 Iran attacked Qasr e-Shirin central Iran across form Diyala Diversionary attack before Op Al Quds 2
1988 Iraq captured Mehran Iran then handed it over to Mujahedeen e-Khalq’s National Liberation Army
(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 UN and Iraq began talks on allowing UN inspectors access to sensitive sites
1996 Dep PM Aziz told UN inspectors they got most of their intel from US and UK that were trying to
remove Saddam and that inspectors were making sensitive visits to provoke a crisis on US-UK’s behalf
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
1996 CIA was hoping to cause a crisis between Iraq and UN inspectors to justify military action against
Saddam that would start coup CA working with ex-Gen Shawani and his sons in Republican Guard
1996 Iraqi intelligence had captured an Iraqi operative involved in CIA coup and rounded up everyone in
plot
(Musings On Iraq article on how US used UN inspectors in coup plot)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
1998 UN Res 1175 increased Iraq’s oil export quota to $5.3 bil under Oil For Food program Allowed
importation of equipment to maintain oil industry
2002 US told UK that it was ready for its input on military planning against Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2002 Gen Franks briefed Bush on war plans
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld said that US only fighting small groups of dead enders in Iraq Tried to
compare insurgency in Baghdad to murder rate in Wash DC to say it wasn’t bad
2003 Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz told Congress insurgents were “last remains of a dying cause”
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2003 US forces found an old buried centrifuge Claimed proof that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 US denied that captured Iraqi trailers were anything but mobile weapons labs Inspections showed
they werent
2003 White House acknowledged that State Dep intel questioned whether captured trailers were WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2003 Report on Iraq-Niger uranium deal Said VP Cheney got docs on deal from UK Asked for more info
leading to Fmr Amb Wilson’s trip to Niger Article used Wilson as unnamed source who said White House knew Niger story was a lie
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2006 Bodies of 2 US soldiers kidnapped by Mujahedeen Shura Council in Baghdad found
2007 Iraq ranked No 2 on failed states list by Fund for Peace/Foreign Policy due to civil war Was No 4 in
2006
2008 ISF launched Op Promise of Peace against Sadrists in Maysan
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Promise of Peace)
(Musings On Iraq article on Sadr’s strategy)
2009 Speaker of KRG parliament said KDP and PUK taking $30 mil of KRG budget for themselves
2009 2 British guards kidnapped and killed by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq returned to British embassy In return
AAH members released from prison
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2010 Protest in Basra over power shortages 1 demonstrator killed by police
2010 Sahwa leader in Diyala warned that ISI using carrot and stick against sahwa members in attempted
comeback in province
2011 Def Sec Gates blamed Iran for giving weapons to Special Groups who were attacking US forces
before withdrawal
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2011 1st Iraqi army unit received artillery from US
2011 PM Maliki govt accused Communist party and civil groups for protests in Baghdad
(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)
2011 2 killed in electricity protests in Basra
2012 Report Iran trying to stop no confidence vote against PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
2012 PM Maliki said Exxon deal with KRG could lead to break up of Iraq Baghdad asked US for help to
stop deal
2012 PM Maliki’s media adv said Baghdad would stop any KRG-Exxon oil deal that involved disputed
areas
2013 Pres Barzani sent draft constitution back to KRG parliament for discussion and passage
2013 Iraqi army claimed it was responsible for split between ISIS and Al Nusra in Syria because it
controlled Iraq-Syria border
2013 Iraqiya Diyala-Sadr list formed new govt in Diyala shutting out State of Law State of Law held
protests against new govt in Diyala Militias blocked roads around Baquba
2013 State of Law and local lists alliance formed new govt in Karbala Sadrists and SIIC shut out
2013 State of Law won head of council in Karbala Sadrists boycotted session
2013 All 12 provinces that had elections formed new govts
2014 PM Maliki ordered govt to pay salaries and benefits to Hashd
2014 State Dept’s McGurk denied US was pushing for removal of PM Maliki
2014 ISIS set up 8 courts in Mosul to run city Was pushing out other insurgent groups that helped take city
2014 Sadr offices announced taking volunteers for new Peace Brigades to fight insurgency
(Musings On Iraq Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq’s Militia Mobilization)
2014 Fighting in Saqlawiya Anbar after it was declared freed Ishaqi Salahaddin declared freed 2nd time
but fighting continued
(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Shows Battle Against Insurgents Will Be Long And Often Futile)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Western Front Is Anbar Next To Fall?)
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Northern Front Stalemate In Salahaddin)

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