Monday, December 14, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 14


1927 Agreement made over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Wasn’t signed due to Iraqi complaints

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1983 State Dept memo said that major setback for Iraq would be strategic defeat for West

(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 review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1998 UN chief Annan said once Security Council decided Iraq had met its disarmament

obligations sanctions would end

1998 WashPost report US went over multiple drafts with head UN inspector Butler before he

submitted report to Security Council

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

2001 Sheikh on Iraqi state TV read poem to Saddam praising 9/11 attack

2001 DIA report Iraq had 100 tons of WMD agents and munitions Could produce WMD Didn’t

know if happening but could be on small scale

2002 Iraqi opposition meeting in London Came up with 65 member committee but marked by

general disunity

2002 CENTCOM briefed Joint Chiefs on postwar Iraq Warned that US could win the war and lose the peace

Warned there would be no Iraqi govt after invasion so there would be chaos in country Said that US was only planning for war and not postwar Iraq Said Iraq’s economy was a wreck, and that US should not dismiss military or carry out extensive deBaathification because could fracture Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction’s “Hard Lessons” – Part I: Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)

(Musings On Iraq review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2002 CENTCOM briefing on postwar Iraq led Joint Chiefs to set up its own postwar planning cell Was not

coordinated with CENTCOM

2003 Bremer announced US had captured Saddam

2004 Bush gave fmr CIA Dir Tenet fmr CPA head Bremer and fmr CENTCOM cmdr Gen Franks

Presidential Medal of Freedom

2005 Bush admitted that US used faulty intelligence on Iraq but said war still justified to remove


2005 Kurdistan Islamic Union candidate said KDP was attacking party for withdrawing from

Kurdish list

2005 UK intel report said insurgency entrenched in Sunni communities Longterm attacks going up in Iraq

Sunni Arab nationalism driving force If new Iraqi govt could deal with Sunni alienation could help isolate rejectionist jihadists

2006 Iraq think tank public opinion poll 95% believed security in Iraq worse than 2003 66% said

violence would decline if US forces left 38% were not confident in PM Maliki to improve Iraq Almost 90% said govt did poor job in fulfilling promises

2006 Report US military said Kadhimiya Qadisiya Amiriya Ghaziliya most violent in Baghdad due to

sectarian fighting between militais and insurgents US military said Shiites being evicted from Ghaziliya and Adil Sunnis from Adhamiya and Fadhil National Security Adv Rubaie accused Islamic Party and Muslim Scholars Association of working with 1920 Revolution Brigade

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2006 Frederick Kagan of American Enterprise Inst issued another paper arguing for troop surge in

Iraq to focus upon security Iraqi civilians in Baghdad Would help author surge plan for Bush

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

2007 UN Survey of Iraqi refugees in Syria 78% came from Baghdad 35% fled Jul-Oct 07 during Surge

30% fled in 06 More than 50% said threatened or survived bombs 54% had dead or missing relatives Most were highly educated and said they would not leave Syria

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

2008 Bush and Maliki signed Status of Forces Agreement 

2008 During signing ceremony for SOFA in Baghdad reporter threw his shoes at Bush and Maliki

2009 Fmr head UN weapons inspector Hans Blix replied to Tony Blair interview where he said he

would have invaded Iraq without WMD because Saddam was a threat Blix said UK was more interesting in invading Iraq than disarming it

(Musings On Iraq Hangs Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

2018 Security forces fired tear gas and live bullets to break up demonstration in Basra city

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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