Thursday, January 14, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 14


1951 Grenade thrown at Baghdad synagogue 4 killed 10 wounded 4th of 7 such attacks on

Jews 1950-51

1959 Govt suspended Popular Resistance Force in Kurdistan Was controlled by Barzanis who used

it against local sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

1968 After Barzani sent letter to Paris protesting against proposed French-Iraq arms deal

French parliament said it wouldn’t sell weapons to Iraq out of fear they would be used against Kurds

1991 Saddam called on Iraqis to fight to the death to hold Kuwait

1991 Intel chief Gen Samarrie told Saddam Iraq would be hard pressed in war Had bad defensive

positions and forces exposed

1991 Saddam said Iraq could take casualties and U.S. could not

(Musings On Iraq review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)

1991 Report Iraq got uranium from France Russia Portugal Nigeria Argentina Brazil Italy for its bomb

program Needed enrichment plant for weapon Germany UK US sold it equipment for program Set up front companies and invested in others to get equipment Didn’t have enough centrifuges Didn’t have workable plan to build bomb light enough for missile

1992 Iraq admitted to UN inspectors that it was trying to enrich uranium to build a nuclear bomb

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1992 Kurds attacked Baath offices in Baghdad killing 36

1999 Tariq Aziz questioned legitimacy of Iraq-Kuwait border Was condemned by UN

1999 ABC reported on Dec 98 meeting with Iraqi intelligence officer and bin Laden False story

2002 UK Def Min analysis said weaknesses of INC outweighed its strengths

2003 Bush told press time running out for Saddam

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 Bush met Polish Pres Kwasniewski Said he would support US in war but asked about consequences

2003 UK Attn Gen Goldsmith told PM Blair that 2nd UN resolution was needed to have legal

justification for war with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

(Musings On Iraq Section 3.7 Development of UK Strategy and Options, 1 February to 7 March 2003)

2004 Gen Sanchez ordered investigation of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison

2004 US troops killed 2 civilians at anti-American protest in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2007 Dep PM Salah said that insurgents were stealing around $1 bil a year from the Baiji refinery

2007 UK Gen Lamb said PM Maliki picked Gen Qanbar to head Baghdad Ops Command That he was a

professional respected and non-sectarian US questioned Aboud as being an unknown

2008 PM Maliki met with Presidency Council They told him he needed to reform govt consult with

them more get rid of some ministers and replace them with technocrats Warned there would be no confidence vote to remove him if didn’t act

2008 Defense Minister Qadir said that Iraq couldn’t take responsibility for internal security until 2012

and wouldn’t be able to defend its borders until at least 2018

2008 KDP said it opposed forming Sahwa units in disputed territories Said Peshmerga and Asayesh were


2008 Report US began vocational training for Sahwa because so few of them would be hired by govt

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2009 Report New Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Danafar was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards

            Quds Force

(Musings On Iraq New Iranian Ambassador To Iraq Confirmed As Revolutionary Guards Member)

2010 Election Comm approved Accountability and Justice Comm banning of 500 candidates

before March parliamentary vote

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Election Commission Okays Ban On Mutlaq And Others From 2010 Vote)

(Musings On Iraq The Continuing Saga Of The Candidate Banning In Iraq)

2010 Joint U.S.-Iraqi-Peshmerga patrols announced for Mosul to increase cooperation between

Baghdad and Irbil on security

(Musings On Iraq Joint Iraq-Peshmerga-U.S. Patrols Begin In Disputed Territories)

2011 12 ISI members escaped from prison in Basra Prisoners had help from prison and intelligence


(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Suspected In Escape Of Al Qaeda Officials Form Basra Prison)

2012 Bombings of Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen left 190 casualties

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2012 Turkey’s Foreign Min Sinirlioglu visited Pres Barzani in Irbil without going to Baghdad

2013 PM Maliki released 300 prisoners in concession to Sunni protests

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