Friday, February 12, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 12

1945 Mullah Mustafa Barzani founded Freedom Party Included Kurdish govt officials and army

officers Said goal was to create cooperation amongst tribes

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

1960 Cleric Muhsin al-Hakim issued fatwa against joining the Communist Party

1963 Communists in Basra gave up to Baath led military forces after fighting against coup that

overthrow Gen Qasim

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Socialist Iraq, A Study in Iraqi Politics Since 1968)

1963 Swiss based Committee for the Defense of the Kurdish People’s Rights issued

statement saying Kurds wanted autonomy Govt troops withdrawn from north Share of oil money

1964 Kurdish minister in Arif govt announced ceasefire with Barzani had begun

(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)

1974 Iran-Iraq border dispute discussed at UN after firefight killed more than 50 UN got Iran and Iraq to

agree to talks to resolve border dispute

1979 Iraq recognized the new revolutionary government in Iran

1984 1st War of Cities began Iraq fired SCUD missiles at Dezful killing 40 wounding 200 Iran retaliated

by bombing Basra Faw Qurna Mandali Kahanqin in Basra and Diyala

1984 Iranian Op Tahrir al-Quds began Was deception campaign before main attack into Wasit Gained 9

miles in Halabja and 3 main passes into Kurdistan Backed by KDP

1985 Iraq attacked Mehran Iran central front Entered 4 miles into Iran but operation failed

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

1986 Iraq counter attacked to retake Faw from Iranians Retook Um al-Rassas island Failed at recapturing


1986 Saudi King Fahd called Saddam about Iran taking Faw Peninsula in Basra

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

1987 Iran started Op Fatah 4 attacking Kurdistan

(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 Russian diplomat Primakov went to Baghdad to try to arrange withdrawal from Kuwait Saddam

demanded end of sanctions in return

1995 Iraqi army brigade attacked and suffered heavy losses at hands of Badr Brigade in Qurna

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2001 Sec Def Rumsfeld said Iraq was probably not a nuclear threat at this time

2002 Sec State Powell told Senate that regime change in Iraq was US policy since Clinton Said no plans

for invasion though

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


2002 DIA report Iraq tried to buy 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger Story fake

2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie who was named in Iraq-Niger uranium deal

docs Denied story Never happend

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

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

2003 UN inspectors announce Iraq’s Samoud 2 missiles violated range limits set by UN

(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 Iraq had larger WMD program then before Gulf War Said Iraq would get

a nuclear weapon sooner or later and would have missiles to deliver it

(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 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate US had briefed UN on all suspected WMD sites Didn’t give info on 21

of 105 sites Said there were Iraq-Al Qaeda contacts but no command and control

2004 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid’s convoy attacked in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2004 UN rep to Iraq Brahimi met with Ayatollah Sistani about why early elections not possible Brahimi

said Iraq had to go through process to organize vote

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

2005 Report Makhmour mayor in Irbil said that district used to be 80% Arab but they were forced out

and was now 80% Kurd Said Kurds were going to reclaim more territory

2006 PM Jaafari won re-nomination of United Iraqi Alliance for premiership with support of Sadr

2006 Pres Talabani said Kurdish list refused demands to exclude Allawi’s Iraqiya from govt coming from


2007 Gen Petraeus went to Anbar and endorsed Awakening and said model should be copied in rest

of Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(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 interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2007 Iranian Revolutionary Guard media source suggested militia attack on Karbala operations

command revenge for arrest of Iranians in Irbil in Jan 07

(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 Report Sahwa in north Baghdad’s Tarmiya wanted to be integrated into police but Inter Min

refused Police arrested head of Sahwa on no charges

2008 ISI commander from north Iraq interviewed Said group had been forced out of many cities and was

in difficult situation Said killing of civilians had cost group its reputation

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

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

2009 25 lists in Maysan said they would protest results claiming cheating

2009 Iraq-Iran signed new trade deal Iran wanted trade to go from $4 bil currently to $5 bil Almost

all Iranian goods going to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2009 Report Syria said 300,000 Iraqi refugees left to go back to Iraq Observers said almost same

number left Iraq

(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 Nawal Smarraiea Women’s Affairs Minister resigned Said she was given no real power Said

ministry was created to give more posts to Sunnis Had no staff and small budget Said women had no real role in govt

(Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion, Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London)

2009 Displacement Min said it would no longer register displaced Meant couldn’t get govt aid Said

would focus upon returns

2010 Election Comm banned 458 candidates for Baathist ties after Cassation Panel had unbanned

them Election Comm under pressure from PM Maliki to reban them

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

2010 Spokesman for Accountability and Justice Comm claimed anti-Baathist campaign would

motivate people to vote in 2010 vote Spokesman and head of commission were both running in election 

(Musings On Iraq Will Baathism Bring Out The Votes In The March Election?)

2019 Report PM Maliki might have received kickbacks for contract to service Balad Air Base in


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