Sunday, January 24, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 24


1969 Former MP Bajari during spy trial claimed opposition leaders were trying to

overthrow Pres Bakr’s govt

1970 42 more sentenced to death for coup plot against Pres Bakr

1970 Bakr govt said it supported Arif govt’s 12 point program for Kurds Said willing to

grant Kurdish rebels amnesty

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

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

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

1991 Iraq tried to bomb Saudi oil refinery but planes shot down by Saudis

1999 US leaked story to Sunday Times that it would back small groups of Iraqis to infiltrate into

Iraq and carry out sabotage in the hopes of starting a revolt

2003 Gen Franks presented final war plan to Sec Def Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs head Gen Myers

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military

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


2003 PM Blair sent note to Bush suggesting delaying Iraq invasion for a month to allow more time for

postwar planning

2003 UK Foreign Office legal adv Sir Wood told Foreign Sec Straw that Britain could not go to

war with Iraq without a 2nd UN resolution

(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)

2003 IAEA told Wash Post aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were wrong for nuke program

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2003 Archaeologists and scholars briefed Pentagon about historical sites in Iraq that should be

spared from bombing

2003 DIA report repeated CIA reporting on Iraq-Niger uranium deal and Navy reported uranium

was in a warehouse in Benin Said Iraq could have gotten uranium

(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)

2003 2nd NYTimes article on Iraqi defector Haideri provided by INC Said that he’d led to dozens of

DIA reports on Iraq’s WMD DIA labeled him a fabricator May 02 story continued to be used

2003 Defense Policy Board’s Richard Perle accused CIA of being biased against INC so it wouldn’t

interview people like Iraqi defector Haideri on WMD

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

2004 Iraq Survey Group took INC provided defector Haideri to sites he claimed were WMD and

found nothing May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA but story continued to be used

2004 7,000 Kurds marched for a new federal Iraq

2006 Report Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction found disputes lack of staff and set rules caused

huge delays completing projects

2007 Amb Khalizad asked British to stop troop withdrawal plans UK Foreign Sec Beckett said

drawdown would continue

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

2007 UK intel report Mahdi Army and Badr behind most attacks upon Sunnis Were powerful groups

with positions in govt and influence in security forces PM Maliki wanted Sadr to rein in Mahdi Army so US didn’t go after militia Maliki opposed any major US ops vs Mahdi Army in Baghdad Maliki wanted to maintain his Shiite base which meant keeping ties to Sadr Maliki govt seen as linked to militias which hindered reconciliation with Sunnis

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2008 Report 200 Sahwa killed and 500 wounded Jun-Dec 2007 by ISI 100 were killed just in Jan in

Baghdad and Diyala Increased after Dec 29 message by bin Laden against Awakening/Sahwa

2008 Report 4 yrs after 2 battles of Fallujah city still largely destroyed Only 4 hrs of power Little

running water Sewage system didn’t work 70% unemployment Lack of fuel Tight security hindered trade and development US reconstruction projects small and local and couldn’t address large problems with services Fallujah blamed Baghdad neglect

2009 Basra Ops Cmd began crackdown in province before Jan provincial elections Continued

until Apr

(Musings On Iraq Massive Security Raids In Basra)

2009 Yazidi MP accused 3rd Army Division of putting up posters for Kurdish parties in Ninewa

2009 Report Integrity Comm found Basra oil workers stealing up to 500K bar/day in oil in early 08

Head of Integrity Comm said corruption deterred foreign investment in Iraq PM Maliki declared 08 anti-corruption year then pardoned 1,023 govt officials who were investigated for corruption Included Interior Min officials who were collecting salaries of 50,000 fake workers and Defense Min official who skimmed money from arms deals

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 2 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

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

2011 Deputy Justice Min denied report prison at Camp Honor Baghdad was under Maliki’s control

Said run by Justice Min Said Red Cross and Human Rights Min had visited facility and found no torture or abuses Said families and lawyers could visit prisoners Red Cross said they were denied access

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

2014 As fighting and insurgency took off in Anbar when PM Maliki shut down protest sites mass

displacement started UN said 140,000 displaced from Anbar up from 65,000 week before

(Musings On Iraq Major Displacement In Iraq’s Anbar Due To On Going Fighting)

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

2015 Kurdistan Security Council announced 23 IS leaders killed in fighting Peshmerga Included

Abu Muslim al-Turkmani member of IS Shura Council highest body in group Said to be one of Baghdadi’s top deputies

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

2017 East Mosul officially declared liberated by PM Abadi

(Musings On Iraq Review They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate)

(Musings On Iraq Review Shatter the Nations, ISIS and the War for the Caliphate)

2020 Sadr and pro-Iran Hashd held anti-US march in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Holds Anti-U.S. Rally, Tilts Towards Iran, Then Crackdown On Protests)

2020 Sadr withdrew support for protests and his followers began leaving sit-in sites

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