Thursday, January 2, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 2

1915 Suleiman Bey took over Iraq Command for Ottomans Called on Arab sheikhs to join
war against British and planned on retaking Basra
1980 Iranian Op Mohammed Rasoolallah attacked Iraqi forces in Zagros Mtns Kurdistan Pushed
back by Iraqi counterattacks
(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
2003 UN inspector told Irish Times no active WMD or nuclear programs found in 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)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2004 Bremer met with Barzani and Talabani in Irbil to discuss Kurdish demands in new
2004 Bremer asked Kurds to disband Peshmerga abandon claims to Kirkuk oil accept authority of
central govt Kurds said no
2006 Iraq’s Dec 2005 export average of 1.1 million barrels a day was lowest since 2003 invasion
2006 USAID report on development projects outlined civil war Said tribes were turning in rivals as
insurgents to govt Report said south Iraq controlled by militias and religious groups curtailing people’s freedoms imposing dress codes bombing liquor stores etc Said Iraqi govt had no real control of country Police ineffective Criminals had free reign and working with militias and insurgents
2007 Iraqi govt reported 16,273 deaths in 2006 14,298 civilians, 1,348 police, 627 soldiers
2007 Report US pre-Surge Iraq strategy failed US planned to withdraw and have Iraqis take over security
Problem was violence increased ISF was not up to task of securing country and many units were full of militiamen making situation worse Bush still talked about victory when plan was a withdrawal As early as 2005 State Dept and NSC officials wanted to review Iraq strategy but went nowhere Wasn’t until fall 06 Bush finally agreed that things were not working
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2008 Female suicide bomber killed Sahwa leader in Baquba
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2014 ISIS fighters attacked Ramadi and helped take Fallujah with other insurgents
2014 Meeting of sheikhs clerics and notables to work out plan to retake Fallujah
2014 Mutihadun said wanted govt to release MP Alwani and police to restore security in Anbar
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki crackdown on Anbar protests)
2019 PM Abdul Mahdi announced new Supreme Anti-Corruption Council to combat the problem
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 
(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

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