Monday, January 27, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 27


1925 League of Nations Commission on Mosul arrived in province to protests Was to
determine who would get Mosul Iraq or Turkey Commission interviewed hundreds of locals and mapped economy land trade routes ethnicities
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
1948 Communists called for more protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty to topple govt
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1948 Mass demonstration against Anglo-Iraq treaty led to clashes with police in Baghdad 77 killed
Hundreds wounded
1969 14 hung in Baghdad after show trial over alleged Israeli spy ring uncovered by Saddam 9 were Jews
Bakr govt declared execution day a national holiday and bused in people from around the country to watch After executions Bakr and other Baath leaders gave speeches to crowd against Zionist threat
1981 In response to demands from Iraq that it had lost air superiority to Iran at start of Iran-Iraq War
France started shipping first Mirage fighters secretly using plane painted in Jordanian colors
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1983 Saddam rejected offer by Iran to discuss 7 disputed areas but said was ready to talk about
ceasefire in war
1985 Iraq launched 1st large offensive in 2 yrs to try to take back Majnoon Islands Deployed 2
corps Iraq gained bridgehead on island but Iranian reinforcements defeated operation
(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)
1998 Head UN inspector Butler quoted in NYTimes saying Iraq had enough biological weapons
and missiles to “blow away” Tel Aviv
1998 UN chief Annan demanded head UN inspector Butler apologize for NYTimes interview
which he did
2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on latest war plan Said Iraqi military degraded by sanctions
Wanted info campaign vs Iraq to start Franks claimed the more the US got involved against Saddam the less Iraqi people would support regime Franks had cut war plan to 150 days down from 7 months and 245,000 troops Franks wanted to cut timeline for war down to even less time
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Head UN inspector Blix told Security Council that Iraq cooperating with inspections but had
not accepted disarmament Blix asked what undeclared WMD items did Iraq have Asked did it illegally produce anything after 98 Blix said Iraq’s Dec WMD declaration had provided no new info and not answered questions Said were questions about Iraq’s production of anthrax VX gas and WMD bombs from Iran-Iraq War
(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 IAEA head El Baradei told Security Council IAEA had found no evidence of an active nuclear
program in Iraq Said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for rockets not nukes
(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)
2003 Sec State Powell said Iraq was hiding its WMD
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 US intelligence said Blix would back off next declaration to UN on inspections because didn't
want to start war
2003 Some in White House believed Blix lying about inspections and could not be trusted
2003 Bush believed US stuck in inspection process and pushed him towards war
2003 CIA report said Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger in 1999 Said was uranium in warehouse
in Benin but was going to France not Iraq
2003 CIA Dir Tenet given copy of Bush’s State of the Union address that included claim that Iraq
tried to buy uranium from Niger Tenet didn’t read speech
(Musings On Iraq article on Ira-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
2003 CIA Berlin chief said that Iraqi defector CURVEBALL was considered a problem by Germans
and they hadn’t confirmed any of his stories of mobile WMD labs
(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)
(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)
(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)
2003 ORHA began contracting for supplies and personnel for post-war Iraq 2 months before invasion
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 William Safire in NYTimes said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan to Ansar al-
Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link
(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)
2004 Ex-IraqSurveyGroup head Kay Iraq told UN in 1995 it had destroyed WMD and nuke
program but no one believed them
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2006 Report shifting US reconstruction money to security meant 60% of water and 125 electricity
projects would not be finished
2007 Report more than 800 had volunteered for Anbar police due to Awakening in Dec 2006 Fmr
Anbar Gov Gaood MP Salah al-Mutlaq both said they opposed Awakening
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2008 Of roughly 100,000 Sahwa 9,000 were signed and screened to join the ISF Was far below what govt
promised
2012 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

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