Wednesday, February 10, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 10


1258 Abbasid Caliph Mustasim surrendered Baghdad to Mongols beginning sacking of city and massacre of


1949 Communist Party Chairman Fahad and 2 politburo members convicted and sentenced

to death for leading party

(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)

1964 Pres Arif agreed to ceasefire with Mulla Mustafa Barzani and that Kurdish rights

would be recognized in provisional constitution

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1972 Saddam visited Moscow to push for strategic agreement with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Saddam His Rise and Fall)

1974 Border dispute between Iran-Iraq led Iraq to attack Iranian border town of Mehran killing

23 Iraqis 30 Iranians Tehran responded by flying F-4 jets deep into Iraqi air space in show of force

1988 Iraq restarted attacks on Iranian shipping Iran retaliated in kind

(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)

1998 Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultant said Saudis would not allow air strikes against Iraq as US

Def Sec Cohen was about to visit

2002 VP Cheney speech said Iraq harbored terrorists and US wouldn’t allow terrorist states to threaten

US with WMD

2002 CIA presented covert action plan against Iraq

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


2003 Australian Premier Howard met Bush Bush Said Saddam would leave power or US would remove


2003 France Germany Russia statement called for more time for inspections Doused US hopes France

would back 2nd UN Res on Iraq

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

2003 UK intel report said attack on Iraq would increase threat of terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda

2003 New Yorker article reported UnderSecDef Feith’s office claim that Iraq connected to Al Qaeda and

supporting Zarqawi

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

2003 German officials investigating Zarqawi said found no evidence he was linked to Iraqi govt

2003 US defense attache report that he looked at Benin warehouse and found no uranium headed for

Iraq Inspection done in Dec 2002

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

2004 CPA Order 57 created Inspector Generals in each Iraqi ministry to fight corruption

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

2004 Car bomb hit Iskandiriya Babil police station killed 50

2004 Report almost all of Sec State Powell’s 03 UN speech on Iraq WMD and ties to terrorism proved


2005 NSC staffer Zelikow told Sec State Rice Iraq failed state stuck in violence

2006 Report 1920 Revolution Brigades Amman Brigades Mujahadeen Army working to expel Al Qaeda

in Iraq from Ramadi after it killed head of Albu Fahad tribe

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2006 Fmr CIA Natl Intel officer for Near East Pillar said intel on Iraq was cherry picked by White House

to justify war

2007 Gen Petraeus replaced Gen Casey as US commander in Iraq

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

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

2007 Report US intel said Iran and Hezbollah providing weapons and training to Iraqi militias Mehran

border crossing major conduit US trying to crackdown on Iranian cells operating in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2008 US and ISF started operation in Mosul Found nothing Insurgents likely tipped off beforehand

2008 ISI set off 2 female suicide bombers in Baghdad markets 99 dead 2 car bombs hit tribal meeting of

Sahwa leaders 22 dead 42 wounded

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2009 Sen Kerry went to Syria to try to improve relations as part of Obama’s new Iraq policy of including

neighbors in strategy

2009 Report ISCI and Kurds biggest loser in 09 provincial elections ISCI lost in Baghdad and south

ISCI blamed for mismanagement and corruption Kurdish vote in Ninewa went from 75% in 05 when Sunnis boycotted to 25% in 09 Only got 17% in Diyala Maliki’s State of Law won in south but didn’t get a majority

2009 Report Parties that ran on security and services did best over sectarian ones

2009 World Bank Report Iraq’s economic performance better with improved security Cut inflation

Spending more of investment budget Govt slowly rebuilding Unemployment still high Services some of worst in Mideast

2010 Protests in Karbala against Baathists Claimed there were Baathists throughout the provincial

govt and ISF Part of drive by Shiite parties to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

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

(Musings On Iraq Campaigning Officially Begins IN Iraq As Hunt For Baathists Spreads To The Local Level)

2011 Arrest warrant issued for Interior Min Gen Jabiri head of counter explosive dept for buying fake bomb


2016 PM Abadi said he wanted technocrats to replace existing ministers

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

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