Monday, January 4, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 4


1920 Cpt Mann UK political officer in Shamiya said that Iraqis were angry that British had

not kept WWI promises of independence

1948 Students in Baghdad protested against 1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty Broken up by police

1963 Qasim govt announced it recognized the independence of Kuwait

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1981 Iran claimed it destroyed Iraq’s oil industry in Iran-Iraq War Was just damaged

1981 Iran launched diversionary attack in Mehran Iran central front before main operation in south

(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 Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(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)

1983 Tariq Aziz went to Paris to renegotiate $5 bil debt Said wanted to buy 20 Super Etendard jets

and Exocet missiles Dassault pressured Pres Mitterand to rent the Etendards to Iraq Iraq also made deal to buy 24 Mirage fighters to be built in 2 years

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

1993 Iraq deployed 20 anti-aircraft missiles batteries within the No Fly Zone to challenge the West

1999 Iraqi opposition claimed Baghdad executed 100 dissidents in Nov 1998 who were arrested

during 91 uprising

2003 UK For Pol Adv Manning told PM Blair US almost given up on inspections because wanted

immediate action against Iraq Manning warned that US was pushing for war as soon as possible

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

(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 Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2003 US Natl Intel Council report said building democracy in Iraq would be long and difficult

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

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


2004 Bin Laden said US war in Iraq attempt to control region’s oil and start of holy war in Middle


2004 Report Kirkuk councilman and member of Turkmen Front said Turkmen wanted to work out

differences with Kurds politically but if that didn’t work would use violence

2005 Report US considered embedding US advisors within Iraqi units to speed their development

2007 Bush told PM Maliki Surge happening and he had to publicly back it and could not stop US ops

PM Maliki wanted US to only go after insurgents while he continued to protect Sadr and Mahdi Army

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

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

2007 Baathist leader Izzat al-Dhuri declared war on Sadr and Hakim

2007 Report New Pentagon program opened one closed state owned enterprise factory in Dec Had

plans to reopen 9 more by end of Jan Hoping they would create 11,000 jobs

2007 Report Intl Org for Migration recorded 40,000 Sunnis fled Baghdad to Anbar in 2006 to escape

civil war

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

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

2008 Iraqi Red Crescent reported 45,913 refugees returned from Syria from Sep-Dec 07 Govt claimed

60,000 had returned because inflating numbers 38,736 went to Baghdad Around 10,000 displaced returned home from Nov-Dec 07 Returnees finding it hard to find housing school health care

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

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

2009 Report found discrepancy with Lancet report that est 601,027 deaths in Iraq from 2003-06 Lancent

report said it had 22 missing or lost death certificates out of 629 recorded deaths All 22 were in Ninewa out of 16 provinces surveyed

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part I)

(Musings On Iraq Major Flaws With The Lancet Reports On Iraqi Deaths Part II)

(Musings On Iraq New Survey On Estimated Deaths In Iraq Refutes Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mark Van Der Laan on Lancet Reports)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Michael Spagat on Lancet reports)

2009 Maliki govt took control of Diyala Sahwa Promised 33% jobs in ISF Higher than 20%

promised to Sahwa in Baghdad 2 Sahwa leaders had warrants out for them Maliki had used carrot and stick approach with them to break them up and then co-opt them before provincial vote

(Musings On Iraq Here Comes The Carrot For Diyala’s Sons Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Integration Update)

2014 Indiscriminate govt shelling of Fallujah caused hundreds to be displaced

(Musings On Iraq Counterproductive Tactics Of The Iraqi Security Forces)

2020 US led Coalition said that it would limit operations in Iraq and suspend training to

protect its forces from threats after the deaths of Gen Suleimani and Abu Muhandis

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins) 


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