Friday, January 31, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 31

1941 PM Gaylani stepped down fearing civil war due to his reaching out to Axis that had
split govt and angered British 
1941 UK Foreign Office decided to give money to Regent to help him return to power
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
1983 Iran officially rejected ceasefire talks by Iraq Khomeini was open to talks but Rafsanjani and
Khamenei rejected offer
1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 made last attack upon Iraqi defensive lines in Basra and stopped
(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)
1991 US and Saudis pushed Iraqi forces out of Saudi city of Khafji after 2 days of fighting
1993 Iraqi forces attacked Irbil
1999 Soviet paper claimed hundreds of Afghan Arabs were being trained in terrorism in south Iraq to
fight US
2003 PM Blair’s advisers told him had to prioritize pushing Bush on postwar planning for Iraq but Blair
failed to do so
2003 Bush and PM Blair said that invasion would start Mar 10 2003
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)
2003 PM Blair told Bush he needed a 2nd UN resolution for use of force against Iraq for domestic politics
Bush agreed
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 Bush and PM Blair said a 2nd UN resolution would be good against Iraq but not necessary to go to
2003 Bush said fighting between Iraqi factions would be unlikely after invasion
2003 Bush and PM Blair talked about provoking Iraq to help justify war including getting US spy plane
fired upon
2004 Gen Taguba started investigation of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison
2004 Car Bomb at Mosul police station killed 9 wounded 45
2005 Assyrians in Ninewa’s Bashiqa and Bartella told couldn’t vote after promised they could when
ballots ran out on Jan 30
2005 Assyrians demonstrated in Ninewa Plains over not being allowed to vote Broken up by Kurdish
security forces
2006 US Emb-military report situation in 6 of Iraq’s 18 provinces serious 1 critical Said militias
infiltrating security forces in Basra Lots of gangs smuggling assassinations
2007 PM Maliki told CNN Iraq only needed a few more US troops not Surge Bush called for
2007 Bush in interview said he’d authorized US forces in Iraq to treat Iranian agents as combatants
2007 Fmr Rep Hamilton and Fmr Attn Gen Meese testified to Congress that US hired contractors to
train Iraqi police that weren’t competent and didn’t have personnel for job Said Justice Dept should have led effort and police should have taken over training not military
(Musings On Iraq interview with Col Ted Spain on how US struggled to establish law and order in post-invasion Iraq)  
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how US failed to develop the Iraqi police)
2007 Special Insp Gen for Iraq Recon report said some Iraqi ministries spent as little as 15% of their
budgets because couldn’t find companies to work in dangerous areas lack of skilled contracting officers ant-corruption rules hindered spending Said electricity production in 4th qtr of 2006 was below pre-war levels State Dept so embarrassed eliminated pre-war power production from a report to try to hide dip in output Said US lost $300 bil due to waste and corruption State Dept contracted DynCorp to build police camp in Baghdad Not used Spent $4.2 mil for VIP trailers and Olympic sized pool ordered by Interior Min and not authorized by US Spent another $36.4 mil on armored vehicles body armor communications that never showed up
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)
2008 Report US military blamed Bassima al-Jadiri on National Reconciliation Comm for blocking
integration of Sunnis into ISF Accused her of being sectarian US general in charge of police training said Jadiri should be removed Iraqi general submitted list of army recruits Jadiri rejected all the Sunnis US general sent list of 3,000 Sahwa to be integrated into police Jadiri only accepted Shiites
2009 Provincial elections held Saw heavy Sunni turnout
(Musings On Iraq article on 2009 provincial elections)
(Musings On Iraq article on details on Iraq’s voting system)

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