Friday, November 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 8

1914 British troops after landing at Fao Peninsula captured Ottoman Fao Fort
1980 Saddam said Iraq was ready to withdraw from Iran if Tehran recognized Iraq’s rights to Shatt
al-Arab Iran refused
(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 Bush asked if he would use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait Wouldn’t answer the question Did
say there would be enough US forces for offensive action
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)
1996 Report Baghdad was selling weapons to KDP in its conflict with the PUK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 NY Times talked with 2 Iraqi defectors provided by INC One was Quairy Claimed Mukhabarat
trained Islamists and produced WMD to attack US Story coincided with INC defectors appearing in PBS’ Frontline Abu Zeinab later turned out to be a fake coached by INC
2001 Frontline aired “Gunning for Saddam” Was full of conspiracies about Iraq being behind 9/11
and that it should be attacked Interviewed with Ex Iraq nuke scientist Khidhir Hamza who said Iraq behind 9/11 Richard Perle said Saddam most dangerous man in world because he could use WMD against US Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey said Iraq probably behind Al Qaeda and 1993 World Trade Center bombing Laurie Mylroie Said Iraq behind Al Qaeda INC defector Khodada Claimed he saw jihadists training with Iraqis in Salman Pak including taking airliners Said this was connected to 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2002 UN Resolution 1441 said Iraq was in violation of previous resolutions and authorized new
weapons inspections anywhere in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Hangs Blix Replies To Tony Blair)
2002 UN Res 1441 was immediately interpreted in different ways France said it meant a 2nd resolution
was necessary to go to war UK said it was last chance for Iraq or it would suffer the consequences
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2003 Red Cross withdrew most of its staff after Zarqawi bombing
2004 2 Marine regiments started attack in 2nd Battle of Fallujah clearing northern section of city
Zarqawi believed to have fled Fallujah during 2nd battle for city
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 Sadr issued statement calling on Iraqi forces to not take part in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah
Association of Muslim Scholars also condemned the battle
2004 Battle of Mosul began
2004 Rumsfeld said most of Iraq stable with violence only in 4 of 18 provinces
2005 Another one of Saddam’s lawyers was killed in an ambush
2006 NatlSecAdv Hadley memo to Bush Said Maliki had good intentions Said Maliki either didn’t
know what was going on in Iraq was lying about it or didn’t have power to do what he wanted Asked whether Maliki was able to rise above sectarian politics Talked about ethnosectarian cooperation but was moving to consolidate Shiite control of state Asked if US and Maliki wanted same thing Said Maliki wanted to be a good leader but didn’t seem like he knew how Was stopped raids against militias and encouraging raids on insurgents Removed good ISF commanders based upon sect Only listened to small group of advisers
2006 Bush announced Rumsfeld out as Secretary of Defense in large part because of Iraq
2007 Basra education director from ISCI escaped IED as Shiite factions vied for control of province
2007 ISCI controlled Karbala police chief accused Mahdi Army of 668 murders from 2004-07 including 62
police along with dozens of robberies and kidnappings Part of on going struggle between ISCI and Sadrists for control of south
2009 Parliamentary election law passed expanding number of seats to 325
(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Finally Does Its Job – Passes Election Law)
2012 US Treasury Dept designated Kataib Hezbollah a terrorist organization
2016 Peshmerga freed Bashiqa Ninewa
2018 Protest in northern Basra over jobs and services
(Musings On Iraq article on renewed Basra protests)

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