Saturday, January 30, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 30


1927 1st student protest in Iraq held over firing of teachers 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)

1928 Sheikh Dhari who led revolt against British in Upper Euphrates/Anbar sentenced to death Was

commuted to life in prison

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

1941 Regent of Iraq fled Baghdad for Diwaniya fearing retaliation by PM Gaylani

1941 British were hoping to use Regent fleeing to spread unrest in Iraq to remove PM Gaylani from


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

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1984 State Dept memo said that US considered discouraging military exports to Iraq

1985 Iraq attacked Said Saad

(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)

1991 Saddam ordered Op Samarra hit and run air attacks on Coalition air force

1991 400 US Special Forces were sent into western Iraq to try to find SCUD missiles

2001 1st NSC meeting of Bush admin talked about how Iraq destabilizing Middle East CIA Dir Tenet

provided intel Iraq working on WMD at factory Treasury Sec O’Neil asked about WMD intel Tenet admitted no confirmation that Iraq producing WMD Sec State Powell argued for smart sanctions

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 1.2 UK Iraq strategy September 2000 To September 2001)

(Musings On Iraq review The Price of Loyalty)

2001 Sec of Def Rumsfeld wrote memo noting Iraq and others trying to buy advanced military


2002 Natl Sec Adv Rice said Axis of Evil countries had to be dealt with diplomatically but at same time

said they couldn’t be negotiated with

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

2002 CIA unclassified report to Congress Said Iraq trying to rebuild its nuclear program

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

2003 Bush told Italian Premier Berlusconi that Iraq would be disarmed and Saddam removed

2003 UN Amb Negroponte told Senate aluminum tubes Iraq bought were not right for rockets in

response to IAEA findings Same hearing Dep Sec of State Armitage said there were differences in US about the tubes Were for rockets

2003 White House spokesman said Bush stood by claim that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were

for nuke program Were for rockets

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

2003 UK Att Gen Goldsmith wrote PM Blair telling him UN Res 1441 didn’t authorize use of force

against Iraq

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

2003 Aid group warned that breakdown of law and order likely right after Iraq invasion unless US

immediately established control

2003 Sec State Powell’s chief of staff Wilkerson began going through intel on Iraq with CIA for Powell’s           Feb 03 UN speech

2004 CIA and Congressional inquiries no evidence White House pressured US intel on Iraq’s WMD

and ties with Al Qaeda

2004 Congressional committee found CIA relied too much on circumstantial outdated and satellite

and intercept intel on Iraq WMD

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

2005 Elections held for parliament to draft new Iraqi constitution Sunnis boycotted vote Also voted

for provincial councils

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2005 KRG parliamentary elections held KDP and PUK ran unified list Won 104 of 111 seats

2005 Informal Kurdish independence referendum held in KRG Kirkuk Mosul Khanaqin 98% voted for


2007 Bush said that if Iran escalated actions in Iraq against US forces US would respond

2007 Gen Odierno said Iran supplying RGP-29s Katyusha rockes EFPs to Iraqi militias

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2007 Spec Insp Gen for Iraq Recon report US struggling to increase capacity of Iraqi ministries US

turned over projects and Iraqis couldn’t maintain them One problem 3 Iraqi govts in short period of time New govt purged previous bureaucrats from ministries Parties hired people based upon nepotism and patronage rather than competence US didn’t have single group in charge of capacity building Meant no unified effort

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)

2009 Report Sunnis boycotted 05 election giving Shiites control of Diyala govt Islamic Party tried

to co-opt Sahwa because didn’t have base Sahwa also important for party because used by US to distribute aid in Diyala Islamic Party took credit for US aid PM Maliki attempted to cut power of Islamic Party Created Diyala Support Council that only gave aid to Maliki allies Was given control of recruiting people into ISF US complained Council was undermining stability 08 Maliki created Tribal Support Council to take members away from Sahwa and divide and conquer Sunnis before 09 elections Maliki ordered raid on Diyala govt and arrested Islamic Party member then denied he was responsible Jun 08 Maliki launched offensive in Diyala that ended up going after Sahwa Arrested hundreds Next Maliki moved against Kurds in Khanaqin Dist demanding they leave

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Offensive Begins)

(Musings On Iraq Recent Government And Sons of Iraq Relations)

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish-Baghdad Tensions Over Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Ups the Ante on Kahanqin District of Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

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

2010 Sheikh Abu Risha of Anbar Awakening threatened boycott of 2010 election over 70

candidates from his party and Interior Min Bolani’s Unity of Iraq Alliance being banned for Baathist ties

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2012 PM Maliki warned Salahaddin governor that he would be removed if he pushed provincial


(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2014 8 gunmen stormed Human Rights Min office in Baghdad and took hostages Were killed

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