Sunday, October 6, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 6

1958 Mustafa Barzani returned to Iraq from exile in Soviet Union for talks with new Qasim govt
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1980 Iraqi army surrounded Khorramshahr Iran Street fighting began Iraq bombed Esfahan and Qom in Iran
1980 Iranian air force sunk ships to block Shatt al-Arab waterway to Persian Gulf
1982 Iranians withdrew outside Mandali Diyala Ended Op Muslim ibn Aqil Iran lost 6,000 dead 15,000
wounded Iraq lost 2,000 dead Iran only gained 1.8 mil strip of Iraqi territory in Diyala
1986 Iraq air strike on Kharg Island Iran oil terminal Only did minimal damage
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1990 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Schwarzkopf given first draft of Kuwait war plan He was unhappy with it and
asked for more options
1991 Clashes between Kurds and Iraqi army in Kalar
1994 Iraq put troops on Kuwait border and threatened to stop working with UN weapons inspectors Was
meant to pressure UN to end sanctions
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1997 UN inspectors report Some progress on chemical and missile programs but nothing with biological
weapons Iraqis had also banned inspections at presidential sites
(Musings On Iraq article Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
1997 IAEA provided last report on inspections Said if any info was left on Iraq’s nuclear program was a
political decision
1998 Inspectors report to UN Iraq had blocked disarmament and was now attempting to block monitoring
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
2002 Bush said Iraq could have a nuclear weapon in a year if got enriched uranium
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2002 Dep Nat Sec Adv Hadley asked CIA Dir Tenet if story of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger could
be put back in Bush speech Tenet said no
2002 CIA told NSC to drop mentioning Iraq-Africa uranium story in draft of Bush speech for 2nd time
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
2003 1st battalion of Mahdi Army graduated in Basra
2003 Iraq produced 4,518 megawatts of electricity exceeding CPA target by 118 megawatts
2004 Iraq Survey Group report said Iraq’s WMD destroyed in 1991 Said no plans to revive programs when
US invaded in 03 Said Saddam wanted to restart WMD programs after sanctions ended Iraq tried to tell west it didn’t have WMD while also hinting that it still did to deter Iran WMD was aimed at Iran Iraq issued 1300 oil vouchers under Oil For Food Program that netted $11 bil in illegal funds 1990-03 Russian oil companies Lukoil Gazprom Zarbuezhneft Sibneft Rosneft Tatneft got 30 % of oil vouchers
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 Bush said Iraq didn’t have WMD stocks US intel thought but invasion still right because Saddam
wanted them
2004 Fallujah leaders offered to create joint security force for city made up of Iraqi National Guardsmen and
local US and Allawi govt rejected offer
2005 PM Blair said new explosive devices being used in Iraq that pointed to Hezbollah or Iranian
involvement Was talking about EFPs
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
2005 Bush said there was no peace in Iraq without victory and that US would win At time US had no
strategy to win war
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)
2006 Bush told PM Maliki had to ignore news coming out of US because domestic politics Maliki said he
couldn’t ignore US news like talk about dividing Iraq or immediate withdrawal Maliki told Bush he was going to push reconciliation fighting terrorism and militias
2006 US Amb Khalilzad said US had acted arrogantly rebuilding Iraq Ignored Iraqis
2007 Sadr and Hakim announced truce after months of fighting between Mahdi Army and Badr topped off
by Aug battle in Karbala that left 250 casualties
2010 Obama adm review of Iraq policy VP Biden said wanted Maliki to stay as PM and Obama agreed
2015 Badr’s Amiri criticized Abadi’s reforms as full of mistakes and disorganized
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2015 Teachers in Sulaymaniya and Halabja struck over unpaid wages

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