Tuesday, September 10, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 10


1921 1st Iraqi cabinet formed under newly coroneted King Faisal
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
1922 King Faisal returned to office after appendices removed Thanked UK Iraq High Comm Cox for
silencing opposition
1958 Arif dismissed as Deputy Commander in Chief of Armed forces because of his opposition to
Gen Qasim
1960 Gen Qasim convened meeting in Baghdad of Iran Kuwait Saudi Arabia Venezuela to raise oil prices
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1980 Iraq took Saif Saad and 6 border posts in Iran along with 240 sq km of Iranian territory that it claimed
was Iraqi under Algiers Treaty Next 2 wks were 15 border incidents
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1980 Iranian F-14 Tomcat shot down an Iraqi Su-22
1990 Iran and Iraq renewed relations as Saddam attempted to secure his eastern border before Gulf War
1996 70,000-75,000 Kurds fled towards Iran to escape KDP-Iraqi offensive against PUK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 Time reported Bush administration discussed overthrowing Saddam
2001 US and UK planes hit three Iraqi air defense systems in largest strikes since Feb 01
2002 PM Blair speech said Iraq not an imminent threat but had to be dealt with before it became one
2002 Draft of UK dossier on Iraq’s WMD included claim Iraq could deploy battlefield WMD in 45 minutes
Came from Iyad Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord Said it had bought large amounts of uranium Had mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
2002 NSC meeting on Bush’s UN speech Def Sec Rumsfeld and VP Cheney argued against going to UN
Draft of speech didn't call for UN action on Iraq
2002 US Intel officers told Wash Post not strong link between Iraq and Al Qaeda
2002 European Commission President Romano Prodi warned that a US unilateral war in Iraq would
undermine US foreign policy and its anti-terrorism coalition
2002 Iraq took journalists to Tuwaitha site that US claimed was a nuclear facility Were shown three empty
and broken down buildings
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 UK Joint Intelligence Committee report on Iran’s Iraq policy Said Iran wanted large influence over
Iraqi govt backed various Shiite groups saw itself as competitor to U.S. Coalition
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2006 Report US delinked Shiite death squads from political parties they came from to not confront Iraqi
govt
2006 SCIRI renewed calls for law to allow southern province region Opposed by Sadr Fadhila Iraqiya Iraqi
Accordance Front
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2007 Gen Petraeus and Amb Crocker began 2 days of testimony to Congress on progress under Surge
Petareus said sectarian violence down and achieving military goals Crocker said political change slow and Iraq may never meet 18 benchmarks set by Congress
2007 Gen Petraeus said sectarian violence went from 2200 deaths in Dec 06 to 1000 in Aug 07 Iraqi
ministries reported deaths went from 2,075 in Dec 06 to 1773 in Aug only 15% decrease raising questions about what US was and wasn’t counting
2007 Report Mahdi Army didn’t sign ceasefire in Basra after British withdrawal Claimed it drove British
out and Basra city now theirs Mahdi Army in Baghdad seen with US rifles Raised questions ISF gave militia weapons
2007 Report by former State Dept official from Baghdad embassy US only counting sectarian violence
missing 35-65% of attacks
2007 Report Iraqi police helped Mahdi Army in Baghdad’s Amil Sunnis only holding on to sliver of
neighborhood Constant fighting in Sunni area Shiite area has businesses open US trying to protect Sunni enclave US official said decline in deaths in Baghdad due to Mahdi Army winning civil war and forcing Sunnis out Fewer areas now contested meant fewer deaths
2014 US authorized $25 mil in immediate military aid to Iraq
2014 Obama announced a new coalition to fight IS
2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit Maysan Basra Diyala
demanding reform
2018 Ayatollah Sistani statement said new premier should not come from anyone that had been in power
before
2018 Protest in Basra city restarted after few days break Activists said they had been kidnapped received
threats from Hashd groups and information campaign to discredit them

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