Wednesday, January 22, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 22


1921 Gertrude Bell wrote that British officers in Mosul province thought they could
convince Kurds to vote for Feisal as king in referendum They didn’t
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1970 3 coup plotters executed by Pres Bakr govt
1970 Iraq expelled Iranian ambassador accusing Tehran of backing 1970 failed coup
1991 Iraqi SCUD missile and 2 U.S. Patriot missiles landed on Israeli city of Ramat Gan
1991 Iraqi forces set fire to 700 Kuwaiti oil wells
2002 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz memo to Undersec Def Feith that Pentagon was not finding intel on Iraq-Al
Qaeda links and said Sec Def Rumsfeld should get some analysis on issue
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 2nd meeting of US UK Australia on postwar Iraq Little came of meeting
2003 CIA sent its report on Iraq WMD to White House to help make case for war
2003 CIA analyst told IAEA aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges IAEA said they
were for rockets IAEA proved right
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2004 VP Cheney said Iraq had mobile labs and WMD programs Inspections found no mobile labs
(Musings On Iraq article on mobile labs story)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 VP Cheney said overwhelming evidence Saddam linked to Al Qaeda Said Iraq behind 1993 World
Trade Center bombing Based upon Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theories
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2005 Report $300 mil for arms deal for Iraqi army went missing after put on plane for Lebanon
(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)
2005 INC’s Chalabi accused Defense Min Shaalan of stealing the $300 mil Shaalan threatened to
arrest Chalabi for the charge
2006 Report 34,131 attacks in 2005 up from 26,496 in 2004 Car bombs went from 420 in 2004 to
873 in 2005 IEDs went from 5,607 in 2004 to 10,953 in 2005
2007 PM Maliki announced he would no longer protect the Mahdi Army from US raids Didn’t happen
(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)
2007 Mayor of Sadr City Daraji had 2nd of 2 meetings with UK Gen Lamb on working out
understanding with militias to prevent confrontations in district Militias were afraid of major US operation in Sadr City as part of Surge Sadrists backed Daraji’s effort
2008 Mahdi Army tried to kidnap PM Maliki’s national security adviser Mowafaq Rubaie in Baghdad
2008 Oil Min blacklisted companies that signed oil deals with Kurdistan
2011 Kirkuk made deal with Electricity Min that province would get larger power quota Would
still not meet demand Governor had cut off power line to Baghdad and kept electricity for province
(Musings On Iraq article on Kirkuk-Electricity Min deal)
(Musings On Iraq article on power problems in Kirkuk)
2012 Iraq voted in Arab League for a transition of power in Syria away from Assad
2015 Coalition air strike killed Abu Ans Samarraie IS’s governor for Anbar He was responsible for
            executing hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe
(Musings On Iraq article on death of IS leaders)

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