Wednesday, January 20, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 20


1943 Fmr PM Gaylani in exile in Germany made radio broadcast claiming Iraq still in state

of war with England

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

1948 March by railway workers and students against Anglo-Iraq treaty fired upon by police killing

some Organized by Communists

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq 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)

1970 failed military coup against Pres Bakr led by ex-Gen Rawi and Col Samarraie backed by Iran

1970 Iran expelled Iraq’s ambassador military attache and four embassy staff over failed coup

1970 Shah of Iran opposed to Baathism’s Pan-Arabism and socialism Moved troops to border after

coup leading to war scare

1988 Iraqi air raid on Lavan oil refinery led to fuel shortages in Iran Trapped majority of Iranian

Revolutionary Guard units in north and couldn’t move for rest of war

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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)

1991 Saddam said Iraq’s army hadn’t started fighting but when it did Coalition would suffer heavy

casualties and leave

1992 Report UN inspectors found equipment to build 2,000 centrifuges German and Austria companies

sold parts for program Iraqi scientists said Saddam wanted nuclear bomb to compete with Israel

(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)

2003 Bush and VP Cheney met with Joint Chiefs Bush asked if anyone had any concerns about the

invasion No objections made

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


2003 Military Industrialization Commission ordered its director generals to come forward with any

info on WMD

2003 White House gave report to Congress on Iraq’s noncompliance with UN inspectors Included

Iraq not mentioning trying to buy uranium from Africa

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

(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)

2003 National Security Presidential Directive 24 gave Pentagon control of postwar Iraq

Pentagon would dismiss previous NSC planning and kick out State Department officials

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

2003 Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) created to run post-war Iraq

2 months before invasion

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq and Back, Inside The War To Win The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

(Musings On Iraq Only 3 of 13 Reconstruction Contracts Were Signed Before War)

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

2003 UK announced it deployed ground forces for Iraq War

2003 France’s For Min deVillepin said there was no justification for war against Iraq

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

2003 Sec State Powell furious at French statement because took threat of war off table at UN and

strengthened Saddam

2004 Bush’s State of the Union said US was committed to spreading democracy to Iraq Said Iraq

Survey Group found Iraq’s WMD programs and if US hadn’t invaded Iraq would still have them

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2004 CENTCOM emailed dir Joint Chiefs Adm Keating Def Sec Rumsfeld’s military aide Gen Craddock

US Iraq Cmdr Gen Sanchez that abuse happened at Abu Ghraib and were photos of it

2006 Dec 05 election results announced United Iraqi Alliance 128 seats Kurds 53 Accordance Front 44

Iraqiya 25 National Dialogue Front 11

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq said Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi had become emir of new Mujahedeen

Shura Council

2006 Amb Khalizad met with Iyad Allawi and Fadhila head Jabiri Jabiri promised PM spot if he

broke with United Iraqi Alliance and backed Allawi Sunnis and Kurds

2006 Iyad Allawi told his followers he would get Fadhila head Jabiri to back him as PM after he

broke with United Iraqi Alliance

2007 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in an Iranian Revolutionary Guard planned op attacked Karbala Center and

kidnapped and killed 5 US soldiers Was retaliation for US arrests of Iranian operatives in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2008 US general said number of EFP attacks down but Iran showed no sign of ending supplies and

training to militias

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

2009 Iraq Election Comm announced autonomy plan in Basra failed to gain enough signatures to

hold referendum on issue

(Musings On Iraq Basra Federal Region Plan Fails)

2009 VP Abdul Mahdi said PM Maliki was trying to be an autocrat Accused him of blocking

developing in south Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2009 Pres Barzani attacked PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils again Said any Kurd that joined

one was a traitor Said council would not be allowed in KRG Compared Maliki to Saddam

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 New poll of Iraqis 73% said they would vote in 09 provincial elections 42% said would vote

for secularists 31% said supported religious parties

2009 Report All the major Awakening heads Abu Risha Hayes etc were running in 09 provincial

elections against each other

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2015 IS suicide car bomb and assault on Nikhaib Suicide truck bomb in Albu Ghanim Suicide car

bomb and assault upon Abu Risha 7 suicide car bombs in Ramadi

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Insurgents Pick Up Attacks In New Year)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2015 60 members of the ISF were executed in Mosul by IS

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