Sunday, July 7, 2019

This Day in Iraqi History - Jul 7

1921 American consul in Baghdad wrote that Faisal would become King of Iraq even though he was
unpopular in the country
1921 Gertrude Bell noted that Iraqi notables couldn’t wait for election to appoint Feisal King because would
take 2 months and that was too long
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1973 Police Chief Kazzar and 20 other coup plotters found guilty and given death sentence
1973 Baath Regional Congress expanded membership to accommodate Saddam supporters
1984 Iraqi govt uncovered plot to assassinate Saddam Executed some 50 army officers as a result
1987 UN Resolution 598 called for ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War
(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 Iraq Foreign Min Hussein told UN that it would make a declaration of its nuclear program Said Iraq
had not violated Non-Proliferation Treaty or IAEA safeguards
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1991 Iraq’s concealment committee met Decided to reveal details about nuke program after inspectors
found site Decided to secretly destroy WMD programs and materials to hide them from inspectors Would prove long term problem because Iraq could never fully prove what it destroyed and what it was hiding to inspectors
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1997 Turkey withdrew its forces from Kurdistan after killing over 2,000 PKK fighters
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2003 CPA suspended Iraq’s old banking laws as part of reform program
2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Senate US didn't go to war with Iraq because it had dramatic new
            evidence of its WMD programs
2003 White House admitted Bush’s State of Union claim Iraq tried to buy uranium
            from Africa Shouldn't have been used
2003 VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told White House spokesman Fleischer fmr Amb Wilson’s wife sent
him to Niger to investigate Iraq-Niger uranium deal Was attempt to discredit Wilson
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 SCIRI dropped objection to joining Iraqi Governing Council after lobbying by UN
2003 UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs comm report on UK dossier on Iraq’s WMD said was not sexed up by
Blair govt
2003 UK Foreign Affairs comm report said Blair govt didn’t mislead parliament but misstated some of the
intel on Iraq’s WMD
2003 UK Foreign Affairs comm report said claim Iraq could use WMD in 45 min should not have been so
prominent in dossier
2003 UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs comm report said UK dossier on Iraq WMD should’ve been more
qualified on story Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 State Dept intel agency sent memo to DepSec State Armitage originally from June that said Iraq-Niger
docs were fakes
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey told Bush 70% of Fallujah Brigade had joined insurgency
2004 Sen Intel Comm found major judgements in Oct 02 Natl Intel Est on Iraq’s WMD and nuke program
were overstated and generally not supported
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2004 Sen Intel Comm found US intel claims Iraq had WMD and programs larger than before Gulf War were
2004 Sen Intel Comm found US had evidence Iraq buying dual use equipment Uncertain Iraq had destroyed
its WMD stocks after Gulf War
2004 Sen Intel Comm found US intel didn’t have much good info on Iraq’s WMD and nuke programs after
UN inspections ended in 1998
2004 Sen Intel Comm found US intel suffered from group think Assumed Iraq had WMD Assumed
everything it did was to expand those programs
2004 Senate Intel Comm report on pre-war intel found that all of CIA’s claims about Iraq renewed nuke
program were wrong and weak to begin with
2004 Sen Intel Comm found CIA justified to claim Iraq-Al Qaeda might have cooperated based upon pre-
war intel
2005 Iraq and Iran’s Defense Ministries signed military cooperation agreement
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2005 Report Human Rights Min said Iraqi forces carried out random arrests not using
            warrants torturing and abusing prisoners
2005 Report Human Rights Min official said Iraqi forces conducting extrajudicial
            killings and govt not doing anything about it
2005 Report $8.8 bil went missing in Iraqi ministries during CPA period 03-05
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2006 Bush said Americans were wondering if US could win Iraq war Said US was winning
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey given investigative report on Marines killing Iraqi civilians in Haditha
2006 Integrity Commission head Radi said weak institutions and lack of punishment led
            to uncontrolled corruption
2008 PM Maliki said he wanted a memo of understanding on withdrawal of US forces
            instead of a Status of Forces Agreement which was stalled
(Musings On Iraq article on negotiations over SOFA)
2008 Female suicide bomber hit market in Baquba 23rd female suicide bombing of the year
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2008 Report 94% decline in attacks by ISI 25 in Nov 07 vs 334 Nov 06
2013 KRG Pres Barzani visited Baghdad to try to resolve problems with PM Maliki
2017 Protesters seized power plant in Babil due to electricity shortages
2018 Protest in Imam Sadiq Basra blocked main road over electricity shortages
(Musings On Iraq article on summer protests)

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