Monday, February 1, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 1


1922 UK intel report said cabinet told Def Min to count time in Arab Revolt in WWI double for

pensions vs officers that joined afterward to privilege ex-Ottoman officers that originally joined King Faisal Favored Iraqi leaders like Jaafar al-Askari and Nuri al-Said

1928 UK sent note to Iraqi govt saying opposed conscription and if govt ran into problems over it

UK wouldn’t help

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1958 Egypt and Syria created United Arab Republic PM Said afraid pan-Arabists would overthrow

his govt so Iraq could join UAR Syria suggested union with Egypt out of fear that Iraq was trying to forge coup or overthrow govt and take over country

(Musings On Iraq review Ropes Of Sand that includes Iraq plots against Syria)

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

1981 Iraq received 1st of 4 shipments of Mirage jets from France despite Paris claiming neutrality in

Iran-Iraq War

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

1984 Iraq said it was going to hit 11 Iranian cities near border Iran threatened to shell Iraqi cities in


1984 US Middle East envoy Rumsfeld had second meeting with Saddam to improve US-Iraq ties

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1985 Iranian counterattack pushed Iraqi forces out of mountains overlooking Sumer around Qasr e-

Shirin central Iran across from Diyala

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

1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 broke through Iraq’s Jassim Canal defenses 7 miles away from Basra city

(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 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(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)

1999 NY Post claimed Saddam was making contacts with bin Laden and Abu Nidal to strike US

False story

2001 2nd Bush NSC meeting again dealt with Iraq policy State Dept said US policy should be to stop

Iraq from threatening Middle East Sec State Powell talked again about smart sanctions Sec Def Rumsfeld said removing Saddam and putting in pro-US govt could change Middle East and show world what US policy about Pentagon talked about rebuilding Gulf War coalition against Iraq CIA Dir Tenet talked about coup vs Saddam End of meeting Rumsfeld said US objective was not getting rid of Saddam but his WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Price of Loyalty)

2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on war plans with start time April 2002

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

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


2003 US Army War College study said ehtnosectarian differences could lead to civil war or fractured

state after fall of Saddam Said longer US presence in Iraq the more resistance it would face Said ethnosectarian parties would probably emerge in Iraq and increase divisions Warned that there would be terrorism providing services would be difficult oil could not pay for reconstruction Suggested 135 tasks US had to take care of to ensure stability of postwar Iraq Said US would have to occupy Iraq for a long time and building democracy a huge challenge Warned US could win the Iraq war and lose the peace

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction’s “Hard Lessons” – Part I: Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)

2003 Chief UN inspector Blix refused US claims that Iraq was sending WMD and scientists outside

country to hide them

(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 Sec State Powell went to CIA HQ to go over Iraq-Al Qaeda intel for UN speech Decided to focus

upon Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2003 Cheney Chief of Staff Libby and DepNatSecADv Hadley wanted Sec State Powell to use 9/11

hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in 2001 Powell said no Story false

2004 2 suicide bombers hit KDP and PUK offices in Irbil killed 117 injured 133

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

2005 Report US analysts believed Jan 05 elections could erode support for insurgency

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

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

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2006 Saddam refused to appear in court claiming new judge was biased against him

2007 Report Shiite officials were trying to blame Soldiers of Heaven uprising in Najaf on Sunnis

Claimed that its leader was a Sunni Wahabi from Basra Some claimed he was backed by ISI even though group was Shiite Soldiers of Heaven wanted to kill Shiite clergy in Najaf claiming it would lead to return of missing Mahdi

2007 Report Mahdi Army leaders going to Iran and Syria to avoid Surge Militiamen told to lie low to

avoid confrontations with US forces

2007 Experts said Foreign Affairs and Water Mins were stable and well run Oil and Finance Mins had

been purged and suffered from political infighting Some ministries run by parties that use them to further their political and sectarian goals more than govern like Health Min run by Sadrists

2008 Female suicide bomber hit pet market in Baghdad 45 killed 82 wounded Followed by another

woman bomber hitting another market 27 dead 67 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

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

2010 Ninewa Gov Nujafi visited Wana Was met by Kurdish protest Nujafi’s convoy was shot at

Mayor or nearby Qosh who went to visit Nujafi was harassed by Asayesh Nujafi’s bodyguards arrested people charging them with shooting at convoy Kurds responded by taking hostages Gen Odierno sent Emma Sky to negotiate end to confrontation

2010 Accountability and Justice Comm banned another 57 candidates on top of 511 already due to

Baathist ties Part of push by Shiite parties to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

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

2020 Former Communications Minister Mohammed Allawi was named interim premier

2020 Protest movement across Iraq rejected Allawi’s appointment

(Musings On Iraq Conflicts Between Protesters And Sadrists Over Their Return And New Interim Premier)

2020 Sadrists attacked protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square who were against nomination of Allawi as

new premier Then took over Turkish Restaurant

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

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