Friday, September 20, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 20

1959 Gen Qasim executed several leaders of Mosul coup attempt
1980 Iran called up its military reserves that barely existed due to revolution
1980 Iraq’s Def Min Khairallah went to Iran-Iraq border to give commanders orders for Iran invasion
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)
1983 Iran threatened to close Persian Gulf if West and Gulf States continued to aid Iraq
(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)
1990 Saddam dismissed army chief of staff Gen Khazraji for saying Iraq would lose any war with US
(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)
1990 UK intel report said lots of unknowns about Iraq’s ballistic missile program
1998 UK intel report said Iraq probably still had biological weapons program
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
2001 During meeting on war on terror PM Blair asked Bush about Iraq who said it was not an immediate
problem Blair told Bush they should take time to build up case against Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Sec 3.1 Development of UK Strategy and Options on Iraq, 9/11 to Early January 2002)
2001 Undersec of Def Feith told Def Sec Rumsfeld war on terror should be broad and Iraq should be
included Feith complained about lack of good targets in Afghanistan and suggested bombing Iraq for 9/11
2001 NY Times report DepDefSec Wolfowitz and VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby were advocating regime
            change in Iraq
2001 Project for a New American Century in letter to Bush said Iraq might have supported 9/11 and
Saddam had to be targeted in war on terror
(Musings On Iraq book review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)
2001 US intel officials told press they were looking into Iraq’s connections to 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
(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 Tragedy)
2001 Israeli intelligence said they thought Iraq connected to 9/11 Claimed Al Qaeda funded by Iraqi Intel
2001 US and UK jets bombed missile batteries in southern Iraq as part of No Fly Zones
2002 Pentagon set up planning group to deal with rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry after invasion
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective)
2002 UK Def Min said it could provide forces for military action against Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2002 Time article White House using unsubstantiated stories to make case of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties
2002 Sec State Powell testified to House International Relations Comm to lobby for Congressional use of
force resolution vs Iraq Powell said there was debate about Iraq’s intent on buying aluminum tubes but Saddam trying to get nuke technology
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Ansar al-Sunnah formed
2003 Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi shot outside her home in Baghdad Would die 3 days later
2003 Funeral for SCIRI head Ayatollah Baqir al-Hakim turned into anti-US occupation demonstration in
2004 Zarqawi aired video of beheading American Eugene Armstrong kidnapped in Baghdad
2004 Sadr faction released 15 Iraqi National Guardsmen it kidnapped
2004 US and Iraqi forces raided Sadr’s office in Najaf arresting two aides
2006 US commander in Iraq Gen Casey gave his support to Anbar Awakening
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar tribes turning on Al Qaeda in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2006 Chief judge in Saddam’s trial removed by cabinet for saying Saddam was not a dictator
2006 Intel report to Def Sec Rumsfeld Iraq breaking up more Iraqi politicians stuck in ethnosectarian camps
2006 Head of Iraqi police training mission Gen Peterson said Iraqi govt Interior Min nor Badr Brigade
involved in running death squads in Baghdad Said Mahdi Army behind most death squads Interior Min and Badr were running death squads since took over ministry in 2006 Part of US policy not to blame Maliki govt
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2006 Report Pentagon public opinion poll found 75% of Sunnis supported insurgency Up from 14% in 2003
2006 Report PM Maliki attempting political deal with Sadr to deal with Mahdi Army Same time objecting
to any US raids on militia
2007 US arrested member of Iranian trade delegation to Sulaymaniya claiming he was member of Iranian
Rev Guard smuggling weapons and training militias Kurds objected
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2007 2 Ayatollah Sistani aides assassinated in Basra and Diwaniya 4 other aides killed in Najaf from June
            to August Other followers threatened and went into hiding
2015 Human Rights Watch report on Hashd and Jabouri tribe destroying buildings in Dour Albu Ajeel
Alam Ali and part of Tikrit after Tikrit freed 400-600 buildings destroyed in Dour 75 in Albu Ajeel 45 in Alam 28 in Ali over 200 in Tikrit’s Qadisiyah
2017 Ana in west Anbar attacked by Iraqi forces
2017 Former Salahaddin Governor Jabouri released under Amnesty Law Was convicted of stealing public
2017 2 former Diyala governors were found guilty of manipulating contracts and stealing funds in absentia

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