Monday, October 28, 2019

This Day in Iraqi History - Oct 28

1913 Secret Ahd Association of Ottoman officers formed Included many Iraqis that would
become leaders and prime ministers under monarchy such as Nuri al-Said Yasin Hashemi Jamil Midfai and others Called for Arab autonomy
1980 Major fighting ended in Khorrmahshahr with Iraqis in control Iraq lost 2,000 dead 6,000 wounded Iran
lost 1,500 dead Heavy losses meant Iraq gave up assault on Abadan to secure eastern shore of Shatt al-Arab and decided to surround city instead
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1980 Iranian navy made raids on Fao oil facilities in Basra
1987 Soviet diplomat Vorontsov made another trip to Iran and Iraq to try to negotiate end to 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)
2003 Bush speech said Iraq frontline of war on terror and would take time to win
2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen Pace said US had to return sovereignty as
soon as possible and get Iraqis to run things
2003 Sec State Powell said security number one priority in postwar Iraq otherwise nothing else would
2005 Bush speech said Iraq central front in war on terror against Al Qaeda and US would have
complete victory US strategy was for withdrawal not winning
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2005 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby indicted on obstruction perjury false statements for retaliating vs
FmrAmb Wilson over Iraq-Niger deal
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2006 PM Maliki-Bush talked 50 min to overcome rift after Maliki objected to Amb Khalilzad’s
benchmarks for Maliki govt Agreed to create committee to speed up training of ISF and turning over security to Iraqis
2006 ISI launched first chlorine bomb
2006 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon report US hadn’t trained enough Def and Interior Min personnel
to handle logistics Didn’t think ISF would be ready to handle own logistics by Jan 08 deadline it set
2007 Report Interior Min refused to train senior officers at Habaniya Police Center aimed at incorporating
Anbar Awakening into ISF US pushed govt to hire 6,000 Diyala Sahwa into ISF but Interior Min refused Interior Min did hire 548 that were mostly Shiites Interior Min sent 663 Shiite police to Tal Afar Ninewa police chief said that disrupted effort to have more balanced provincial police force Anbar proposed 9,000 Awakening be hired into police Interior Min okayed 5,000
2007 US commander northern Iraq Gen Mixon complained PM Maliki agreed to hire 6,000 Diyala Sahwa
into police in April 07 but never happened
2008 Report PM Maliki tried to set up Tribal Support Council in Khanaqin Diyala Maliki tried to assert
federal control over district run by Kurds for months Maliki also just said he was closing all councils
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki and Khanaqin District)
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2015 Report Up to $500 bil ½ of Iraq’s revenue from 2006-14 went missing under PM Maliki Fmr Def
Min Shalan Fmr Trade Min Sudani Fmr Electricity Min Samarrie all charged with corruption
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2016 KRG PM Barzani replaced 4 Gorran ministers with 4 KDP politicians in dispute over Pres
Barzani’s term

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