Friday, December 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 13


1916 New British offensive launched up Tigris River to retake Kut from Ottomans
1920 Churchill argued at cabinet meeting that British should withdraw to Basra
            province to save money in Mesopotamia
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia/Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
1994 KDP and PUK went back to war ending shortlived ceasefire over argument over tax collection
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1998 Head UN inspector Butler went over draft of his report to UN to White House so that it could
be revised Clinton wanted report harsher on Iraq
(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)
1998 Clinton went over strike plans for Operation Desert Fox with Natl Sec Adv Berger
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Desert Fox)
2002 UK intel report said US invasion and occupation of Iraq could help motivate Islamists for
next 5 years
2002 Bush said military would have small pox vaccinations Was actually protection against possible
Iraq WMD attack during invasion
2003 US forces captured Saddam outside Tikrit in Adwar
2003 Fmr Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in 2001
2003 RPGs fired at US forces during protest in Fallujah US fired into crowd 3 Iraqis killed
(Musings On Iraq book review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)
2004 PM Allawi blamed CPA disbanding military for rise in violence in Iraq
2004 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in 2001 Proved false
2005 NSC drafted 10 guidelines for putting together new permanent Iraqi govt Included competent
ministers not connected to Iran or Syria
2005 Border police seized Iranian tanker truck full of fake ballots for Dec election Driver claimed
other trucks had come across from Iran with ballots
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2005 US negotiated ceasefire started with insurgents before Dec 15 parliamentary elections
2006 Bush met with Joint Chiefs Said Iraq War not going well Join Chiefs objected to surge idea
saying troops needed for other threats like NKorea Bush told Joint Chiefs he was going to have a troop surge despite their objections
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
2006 Bush said that he would push PM Maliki to reach out to Sunnis
2006 VP Hashemi in US said he talked to Bush about new Iraq strategy and backed surge idea Said
US wanted to help create new coalition behind PM Maliki
2006 Speaker Mashadani responded to PM Maliki’s plan to have Iraqi forces take over security of
Baghdad Said it would only give militias control of city
2006 Report Saudi King Abdullah told VP Cheney at end of Nov 06 that Saudis would back Sunnis
            vs Shiites if US withdrew
(Musings On Iraq article on Saudi role in insurgency)
2007 Report on returning refugees in Baghdad Sunnis complained govt only helping Shiites Many found
homes destroyed Neighborhoods changed with sectarian cleansing
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2013 Sheikh Shorka house hit by two bombs in Jazeera in spate of violence against Anbar notables
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar violence)

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