Monday, October 7, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 7


1959 Baathists made failed assassination attempt on Pres Qasim wounding him Saddam fled to Syria
and Egypt as a result
1973 Iraq nationalized shares of US oil company and Shell in retaliation for west support for Israel in 1973
Arab-Israeli War
1980 2nd day Iranian air force sunk ships to block Shatt al-Arab waterway to Persian Gulf
1983 France secretly flew 6 Super Etendard jets to Iraq Iran threatened France about the planes
1983 US report Iran turning tide in Iran-Iraq War and US already starting to tilt towards 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)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1991 Peshmerga executed 60 Iraqi soldiers captured in Sulaymaniya 50 people killed in fighting in
Kurdistan
1991 Kurdish Front consisting of main Kurdish parties said it would combat the PKK
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1998 Congress passed Iraq Liberation Act saying policy was to remove Saddam Opened up money to Iraq
opposition Under Iraq Liberation Act Clinton admin was to certify 7 opposition groups to receive funds Certified Iraqi National Congress Iraqi National Accord KDP PUK SCIRI Islamic Movement of Iraqi Kurdistan Movement for Constitutional Monarchy
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
(Musings On Iraq short history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)
1998 Ex-Gen Downing and ex-CIA officer Clarridge drew up plan for Iraqi opposition trained by Special
Forces to seize territory in western and southern Iraq When Saddam attacked Iraqi opposition would lead to U.S. intervention and overthrow of govt
2001 Saddam condemned US invasion of Afghanistan saying it would only lead to more instability in world
2001 Bin Laden video said he was fighting for Iraqis who had suffered under sanctions White House would
claim this was evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda connection
2002 Bush speech in Cincinnati outlined Iraq’s WMD and nuke threat to lobby for passage of Congressional
use of force resolution Said US tried containment sanctions inspections and Iraq still had WMD If Iraq didn't disarm Iraq would do it Said Iraq great threat because of WMD and its history of aggression Said if Iraq got enriched uranium it could have a nuclear bomb in less than a year Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for nuke program Claimed Al Qaeda and Iraq united in hatred for U.S. Had high level contacts for a decade Claimed Iraq had trained Al Qaeda in bomb making and poisons and Saddam celebrated 9/11
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2002 CIA blocked Bush talking about Iraq trying to buy uranium from Africa in speech
2002 Italian contacted journalist about providing her with Iraq-Niger uranium deal papers that turned out to
be fakes
(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)
2002 CIA Director Tenet sent letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Said Iraq wouldn’t conduct terrorist
or WMD attacks upon US unless regime was threatened Wrote that there were high level Iraq-Al Qaeda ties going back a decade Iraq offered safe haven and non-aggression Iraq provided poison gas training to Al Qaeda Said Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq
2002 Intel officials complained to press saying White House claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties exaggerated
2002 Pentagon drafted 2 memos on postwar Iraq 1st said military would assume control of Iraqi govt
maintain security so rebuilding could begin and govt could restart 2nd memo said a military governor would run Iraq and appoint US specialists to run each ministry Didn’t say who would do this as invasion plan was to withdraw quickly Gen Franks said he would not run Iraq after invasion
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld said he knew nothing of NatSecAdv Rice creating Iraq Stabilization Group
at NSC Rumsfeld was told about NSC group but wanted to personally be in control of all Iraq decisions so opposed Rice’s move
2003 Australian Senate censured PM Howard for not proving his claims Iraq had WMD to
            justify sending troops to Iraq
2003 Turkish parliament okayed PM Erdogan sending Turkish troops to Iraq Governing Council opposed
idea
2003 Major demonstration in Basra city when rumor spread not enough money to pay former soldiers
Protesters burned records to make payments British troops shot and killed a man
2004 Sec State Powell said Iraq Survey Group initial report proved Iraq wanted WMD and that
            it was a threat
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 Blair claimed Iraq Survey Group report proved that Saddam wanted WMD
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2004 Sadr offered to disarm Mahdi Army as part of peace deal with Allawi govt Wasn’t serious
2007 Gen Petraeus said Iran causing violence in Iraq by arming militias Said Iranian ambassador to Iraq
member of Iranian Revolutionary Guard
(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)
2017 Clash between Hashd and Peshmerga in Kharabaroot Kirkuk as a result of independence referendum
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

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