Thursday, February 11, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 11


1932 Executive Committee of the Shias in Iraq issued Manifesto saying monarchy discriminated

against Shiites Called on England to remove monarchy and empower Shiites

1958 Jordan began talks with Iraq for a federation in response to Egypt and Syria’s United Arab Republic

1966 Iraqi pilot died in Germany Likely killed by Mossad after refusing to defect to Israel

with a MiG-21 3rd Iraqi pilot killed

1979 Ayatollah Baqir al-Sadr declared 3 day holiday for Najaf hawza after Iranian Revolution

1981 Iraq offered Iran a ceasefire at Non-Aligned Movement conference Iran rejected offer

1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr officially ended Regained 100 sq mi of Iranian territory Iran 5000 dead

12000 wounded 1000 captured Iraq lost 2000 dead

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

1986 Iraq counterattack vs Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 8 in Faw Peninsula in Basra pushed Iranians back

1986 Iraq authorized use of chemical weapons to repel Iran’s Op Wa al-Fajr 8

1986 Iraq blamed US for not providing intel on Iranian offensive

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1987 Ayatollah Khomeinei called war a holy crusade that had to end in victory Pres Khamenei said

that aim of war was to punish Iraq and overthrow Saddam

(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)

1990 Bush sent Undersecretary of State Kelly to Baghdad to discuss improving Iraq-US relations

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

1990 Saddam told Undersecretary of State Kelly that US could dominate Middle East with decline of

Soviet Union Saddam said that he wanted to work with US but wanted to be sure Bush was not just going to follow Israel

1991 Saddam speech said that Iraqis would be victorious in war and Bush humiliated himself by


1991 Report Iraq bought $2 bil in weapons after end of Iran-Iraq War US encouraged allies to sell

weapons to Iraq German company sent technicians to help Iraq’s nuke program Germany also provided 90% of chemical weapons capabilities

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

2000 Iraq announced UN weapons inspectors would not be allowed back into country

(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)

2002 UK Amb to US Meyer said Bush’s Axis of Evil speech made more in US think about war vs Iraq

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

2002 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey told Pentagon about Iraqi defector with intel on Iraq’s WMD provided by


2003 Sec State Powell claimed bin Laden complaining about effect of sanctions on Iraqi people showed

Baghdad aligned with Al Qaeda and terrorism

2003 UK Amb to US said that Bush admin was ready for war by March with or without UN approval

2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq had WMD and was hiding them from UN inspectors

(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 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Intel Comm Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for its nuke program and

had mobile WMD labs Tubes were for rockets Mobile labs didn’t exist

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

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq harboring Zarqawi an Al Qaeda associate Iraq trained Al Qaeda


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

2003 CIA senior Africa analyst said that Iraq-Niger uranium docs looked like fakes They were

(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 Bin Laden released tape saying Iraqi people had to resist U.S. invasion and called Baath infidels

2003 Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Feith and Under Secertary of State

Grossman testified to Senate Foreign Relations Committee on postwar Iraq plans Didn’t give any details Grossman said US would only stay in Iraq as long as necessary Would go through 4 phases to postwar Iraq 1st stability 2nd handing authority to Iraqis 3rd New constitution 4th electing new Iraqi govt Told Senate US would not create a govt in exile before invasion Committees would be formed to create new Iraq Iraqi institutions would still be running to help govern country Claimed White House authorized Future of Iraq Project as roadmap for Iraq Had been discarded by Pentagon Feith said Iraqi oil would pay for all reconstruction and running govt Said US would not impose any leaders or govt on Iraq

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Oil Would Pay For Reconstruction)

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


(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Former CENTCOM commander Gen Zinni testified to Senate Foreign Relations Committee on

postwar Iraq Said U.S. had to maintain law and order peacekeeping civil unrest had to be stopped and prevent revenge develop local police

2004 Suicide bombing on army recruitment center in Baghdad killed 36

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

2006 Former head of US training mission for Iraqi army Gen Eaton said effort set back by initial poor

planning that didn't prioritize creating new Iraqi forces

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

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

2006 Sadr threatened to withdraw from United Iraqi Alliance if list didn’t support Jaafari as premier

2007 US military report said Iranian Rev Guard Quds Force providing EFPs money training weapons to

Iraqi militias Used Mehran and Mandali border crossings to deliver equipment Claimed 170 US dead and 620 wounded by Iranian supplied EFPs

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2008 Sadr renewed freeze on Mahdi Army for another 6 months

2008 Report US Army buried 2005 RAND study of Iraq war planning because criticized White House

Report faulted Bush for never resolving rivalries between State and Def Depts over war planning Pentagon given control of postwar Iraq even though lacked planning and execution capabilities State’s Future of Iraq Project was not an action plan for Iraq Gen Franks had complete misunderstanding of postwar situation US believed Iraqi police and govt would be working day after war Believed Iraq could be rebuilt cheaply Lack of troops made situation worse Lack of planning and sealing borders increased insurgency Said more realistic discussion of cost of war couldn’t undermined support for invasion

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

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


(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

2008 Baquba Sahwa held another protest demanding Diyala police chief be fired for attacking Sunnis

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2009 Iran’s Foreign Minister came to Baghdad to mediate between Dawa and ISCI after provincial


(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2009 Report PM Maliki claimed reconciliation almost over Said US could no longer pressure Iraq

Said his govt had fixed all the problems US created since 03

2010 Iraqi Special Forces with US advisers raided Kataib Hezbollah in Maysan killing 8 Iraqi politicians

condemned raid After raid PM Maliki ordered all raids be authorized by him personally Led several ISF commands to suspend ops with US

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2010 Head of Accountability and Justice Comm said Cassation Panel had gone through all appeals

of candidates banned for Baathist ties

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

2010 Karbala and Qadisiya announced they created own Accountability and Justice committees to

weed out Baathists in local govts Part of Shiite drive to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

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

2010 Protests in Diyala against Baathists running in 2010 vote Claimed US interfering in Iraqi


2020 Sadr announced that he was disbanding the blue hats which were his people that had

joined the protests

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