Sunday, September 15, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 15

1950 Nuri al-Said became premier 6th time
(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Said with PM Maliki)
(Musings On Iraq book review of ‘Independent Iraq’ The Monarchy & British Influence, 1941-1958 on Said govt)
1980 Iran accused Iraq of attempting to shoot down helicopter with Iranian Pres Bani Sadr and Premier
Rajai on it
1980 Iranian F-14 Tomcat shot down an Iraqi MiG
1981 Reagan administration discussed covert arms deal with Iraq to get a Russian T-72 tank in return Iraq
rejected idea
1987 Saddam told UN delegation he would accept ceasefire if UN punished Iran
(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)
1989 Iraq arrested UK Observer reporter Bazoft for reporting on missile program Led to condemnation in
UK media
1992 PUK and KDP agreed to merge their Peshmerga under command of Kurdish parliament
1995 PUK and KDP broke off peacetalks brokered by US to end civil war
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 Bush held meeting at Camp David to determine response to 9/11 Iraq brought up several times
Pentagon paper for Camp David said 3 priorities in war on terror Al Qaeda Taliban Iraq Joint Chiefs head Gen Shelton went over Afghanistan war plans and Iraq ones if necessary Natl Sec Adv Rice said US military should think about action in other places in case Afghanistan went bad Opened up opportunity to bring up Iraq Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz was afraid Afghanistan would be a quagmire Said Iraq would be easy in comparison and 10-50% chance Iraq behind 9/11 Said US should go after Iraq if serious about war on terror Sec State Powell said Wolfowitz had no proof Iraq involved in 9/11 and just using it for his Iraq agenda During break Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again with Bush After break Rumsfeld asked if it was time to attack Iraq Powell objected saying it would cost international support Powell said US had to do Afghanistan first and would make Iraq easier if wanted to deal with it later Bush didn’t want to do more than one war at a time Later Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again Before lunch Bush said he’d heard enough about Iraq After lunch Bush asked each adviser for their ideas Powell said if US wanted to go after other states they would still be there after Afghanistan Powell said he was against attacking Iraq because US would lose coalition and confuse war on terror Rumsfeld said if hitting Iraq would cost coalition US needed a new coalition Chief of Staff Card said US should build up troops in Persian Gulf that could be used vs Iraq but then said case against Iraq had not been made Cheney said if US attacked Iraq would lose its good guy image in war on terror Did say Iraq would be dealt with later on CIA Director Tenet said Afghanistan should be focus Voted on issue with 4-0 against going after Iraq with Rumsfeld abstaining
(Musings On Iraq review Bush At War)
2001 Bush said he thought Iraq involved in 9/11 but told Rice it would be dealt with later
(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)
(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
2001 UK Embassy in US warned that 9/11 would mean those in Bush admin that wanted regime change
would push their agenda more
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Sec 3.1 Development of UK Strategy and Options on Iraq, 9/11 to Early January 2002)
2004 Around 1000 protested in Najaf demanding that Sadr and his aides leave the city
2004 Gen Chiarelli said that US would clear militias from Sadr City Didn’t happen
2006 US and Maliki govt announced new plan to cut weapons and bombs entering Baghdad with
checkpoints at entrances and trench around city
2006 Bush speech Said he was listening to his generals who said things were working in Iraq Privately Bush
had decided Iraq strategy not working and wanted new one
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Report US Army battalion expelled Special Forces unit working with Albu Nimr tribe in Hit Anbar
because felt Special Forces were not sharing information on their activities Shut down tribal outreach and recruitment into ISF
2006 Last 5 days 142 bodies found executed
2006 Report Sept 02 Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri told CIA Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda Info was not given to
White House Sabri said that Iraq was working on nuclear and WMD programs and that was given to White House
2007 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi announced Ramadan offensive named after Zarqawi
2007 Sadrists withdrew from United Iraqi Alliance Claimed shut out of decision making and Maliki govt
didn’t investigate Mahdi Army-Badr clash in Karbala in Aug 07
2007 GAO said Iraq met 3 partially met 4 not met 11 of 18 total benchmarks set by Congress for progress
during Surge
2015 Cabinet voted on law to cancel Vice Presidents
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2018 Parliament elected Mohammed al-Halbusi former Anbar governor Speaker His al-Hal party was
accused of cheating in May elections and were reports he used bribes to attain the position
(Musings On Iraq article on election of Halbusi to speakership)
2018 Pro-Iran Hashd held demonstration in Basra City

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