Thursday, August 1, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 1


1921 Gertrude Bell wrote US diplomat that England carried King Faisal on its shoulders into power
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1979 22 coup plotters sentenced to death 33 others given prison time
1982 Iran made final attack in Basra as part of Op Ramadan Failed
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1982 Dawa bombed Planning Ministry in Baghdad
1990 Iraq walked out on talks with Kuwait held in Saudi Arabia Kuwait offered to cancel Iraq’s oil debts
worth $14-$15 bil and lease Werba Island Kuwait and Saudis offered to pay $10 bil to Iraq for ending dispute Iraq said no and demanded $27 bil
1990 Revolutionary Command Council and Regional Command met to hear about meeting with Kuwait No
progress Invasion order given
1990 US intelligence found Iraq moved divisions within 3 miles of Kuwait border
1990 Chief DIA analyst for Middle East believed Iraq would invade Kuwait CIA thought invasion imminent
1990 Pentagon meeting included SecDef Cheney and Joint Chiefs head Gen Powell Agreed Iraq would   not invade Kuwait
1990 NSC Deputies Committee decided Iraq was going to invade Kuwait after artillery units detected
Committee said Bush should send Saddam warning not to invade Kuwait
1990 NSC’s Haas convinced Natl Sec Adv Scowcroft to talk to Bush about warning Saddam not to invade
Kuwait
1990 NSC’s Haas and NatlSecAdv Scowcroft convinced Bush to call Saddam to warn him about invading
Kuwait Then got news of invasion
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
2001 Paper on increasing pressure on Saddam and supporting Iraqi opposition presented to NSC
2002 Senate Foreign Relations Committee began hearings on possible postwar Iraq scenarios Senator Biden
warned that unless US gained international support it could spend $70-$80 bil rebuilding Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 Iraq invited Chief UN Inspector Blix to Baghdad for talks about new inspection regime
(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)
2002 CIA made 1st paper explaining assessment of aluminum tubes Said they were for nuclear program Said
high specifications showed they were for centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2002 Clinton’s National Security Adviser Sandy Berger OpEd in Washington Post said just because US
could overthrow Iraq didn't mean it should do it Berger said power did not mean legitimacy
2003 CIA Iraq station chief showed Bremer document from Saddam’s secret police calling for
sabotage looting ambushes Suggested Saddam planned insurgency Later proven false Was for guerrilla tactics against invasion
(Musings On Iraq article Did Saddam Plan the Insurgency?)
2003 New US training program to rebuild Iraq’s army began
2003 After trip to Iraq DepDefSec Wolfowitz said most Iraqis glad US liberated them from Saddam
Said US commanders rejected more troops to help secure Iraq Said Iraq could pay for its own reconstruction using oil and frozen assets Said invading Iraq was crucial to fight international terrorism Said invasion of Iraq and creating democracy could be start of transforming entire Middle East
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed 6 churches in Baghdad and Mosul 12 killed 71 wounded
2005 Battle of Haditha began
2005 Oil Minister Uloom announced gas cooking gas and kerosene rationing to ease to help with shortages
2005 Constitution commission said it was deadlocked because didn’t have authority to make major
decisions
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
2005 Ex-CIA officer claimed spring 01 received intelligence that Iraq had ended its uranium enrichment
program years ago
2007 Iraqi Accordance Front withdrew 6 ministers from cabinet claiming PM Maliki was excluding them
from govt that PM was sectarian and no reconciliation
(Musings On Iraq article on Accordance Front boycott)
2007 US intel report Iraq polarized State and ISF weak Increased extremism US needed to increase ISF loyal
to govt Sectarian politics likely to continue Iraqi elite unlikely to agree upon reconciliation Shiites insecure about holding power Leads to mistrust and lack of reconciliation Many Sunnis don’t accept minority status Sunnis think Shiites Iranian tools ISF short on equipment and couldn’t handle security
2007 US Govt Accountability Office found Pentagon couldn’t account for $19.2 bil worth of equipment it
gave to ISF Pentagon also said it only delivered 1/3 of equipment meant for Iraqi army and less than half of equipment for police
2008 Kurdish parties in Kirkuk asked for KRG to annex province as symbolic protest of provincial election
law that included power sharing in Kirkuk
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurdish protests over election law)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2012 Russia’s Gazprom signed deal for 2 oil blocks in KRG
2012 KRG said it would restart oil exports for Baghdad to try to get a new revenue deal with the central
govt
2015 Protests in Basra and Karbala over lack of electricity and services
2018 Protests in Dhi Qar Basra Muthanna Najaf 4th day of sit in protest in Muthanna

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