Sunday, September 22, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 22


1980 Iraq attacked Iran’s air force starting Iran-Iraq War Attacked 10 air bases but did little damage
and only destroyed 4 planes and lost 5 of its own Were not trained for low level bombings Didn’t have munitions to penetrated bunkers and missed most runways
(Musings On Iraq Inauspicious Start To Iran-Iraq War)
1980 Invasion plan was to seize Kermansha Dezful Ahwaz Abadan along border in less than 10 days
Deployed 2nd Corps in Diyala to protect route to Baghdad 3rd Corps would invade Khuzistan province to take Dezful Ahwaz Khorramshahr
1980 Iraqi invasion of Iran began with divisions leaving Diyala towards Qasr e-Shirin in center to protect
route to Baghdad Also attacked Panjwin to protect Sulaymaniya and Kirkuk in north
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1980 Iraq Attacked Iranian naval base at Khosrowabad at mouth of Shatt al-Arab
1980 Iraq declared Khuzistan a new Iraqi province
1980 UK Defense Committee discussed how to start selling weapons to Iraq during war
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)
1981 Iran began Operation Samen ol Aemeh to break siege of Abadan Iran’s 2nd largest city
1987 Iranian speech at UN rejected UN ceasefire talks
1988 Pres Khomeini addressed UN condemning it for not doing anything about Iraq’s aggression during
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)
1990 Iraq said if sanctions started to hurt it would attack Saudi Arabia and Israel
2001 Telegraph story claiming Iraq was funding Al Qaeda Quoted CIA and Israeli sources
2002 Natl SecAdv Rice said UN sanctions were failing and Iraq using illegal revenues to develop WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 Zarqawi bombed Canal Hotel Baghdad 2 dead 19 wounded
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2003 Bombing of UN compound led to unanimous decision to evacuate UN staff from Iraq
2003 Bremer testified to Congress asked for approval of $87 bil in aid for Iraq
2003 Report Iraqi Governing Council members were going to tell Congress US reconstruction money being
wasted
2004 US civilian Jack Hensley beheaded by Zarqawi Body dumped in Baghdad 
2004 2 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 21 wounded 150
2004 Gun battle in Samarra led US forces to seal off city
2005 Bush said with upcoming elections for parliament and constitution Iraq would face more violence Said
if US withdrew from Iraq it could become a terrorist safe haven
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraq could be breaking up
2005 Report Shiite cleansing of Baghdad by insurgents increased especially in Dora Amiriyah Ghaziliya
Sadiya
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2005 UK official said Sadr wanted to talk about southern Iraq UK said it wouldn’t negotiate because
Mahdi Army working with Iran and Hezbollah to attack British troops in Basra Sadr said still interested London recommended talks
2006 Ret Gen Keane told Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace he was failing and his only priority should be winning
in Iraq Gen Pace agreed to set up staff to go over Iraq strategy afterward Keane suggested Gen Petraeus should be new US Iraq Cmdr to Gen Pace
2006 US military said militias in Baghdad earning up to $1 mil/day via kidnapping extortion black market
blackmail running Petrol stations
2006 3000 demonstrated in Tikrit calling for Saddam to return to power
2008 Wasit council headed by SIIC refused to set up Tribal Support Councils because seen as tool of PM
Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s patronage system including Tribal Support Councils)
(Musings On Iraq article Disputes over PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils)
2016 Parliament dismissed Finance Minister Zebari on corruption charges led by Maliki and Reform Front

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