Saturday, February 13, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 13


1959 Communists said they stood for Arab unity but not in a quick and simple manner Was

taking shot at pan-Arabists and Nasser who called for immediate unity

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(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 interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1967 Pres Arif speech declared Freedom Socialism and Unity belonged to no Party co-opting

Baathist slogans

1979 Iraq sent memo to new Iranian govt after revolution asking for friendly relations

1982 Saddam ordered new attack upon Bostan Khuzistan in south Still raining and failed again

1985 Saddam offered amnesty to Kurds that fought against govt Rejected by KDP and PUK

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

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

1986 Iran in full control of Faw Peninsula in Basra Lost 600 dead 2000 wounded Iraq 5000 dead and

wounded 1500 captured

1986 Report around 2,000 Iranian troops suffered mustard gas burns in Faw Peninsula in Basra from

Iraqi attacks

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

(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 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(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 Amiriya shelter in Baghdad bombed by U.S. during Gulf War 408 killed

1998 UN chief Annan said he had a personal initiative to end inspector crisis with Iraq Began consulting

with Security Council members to win approval

(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)

1998 Saudis refused to allow its territory to be used by US for air strikes vs Iraq as tensions raised over


1999 AP reported that Saddam offered bin Laden shelter after being kicked out of Afghanistan False


2002 Bush at press conference said he had a number of options for dealing with Iraq

2002 Bush admin officials told several media outlets they had decided to move against Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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


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

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 UN announced it had humanitarian plan for Iraq working with 6 regional countries and had $30.6

mil and would ask for another $88.8 mil

2003 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks told Bush he had Iraqi mayors for each city to run things after

invasion He didn’t

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

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


2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie second time over Iraq-Niger uranium deal

Denied story Never happened

(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)

2004 After talks with Sistani UN endorsed Ayatollah’s call for early elections but said they couldn’t

happen as soon as Sistani wanted

(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)

2004 Report CIA review showed it relied upon too many unreliable exile sources for intel on Iraq’s

WMD Included INC defector Haideri May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA but story continued to be used

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2005 Early election results showed that Shiite United Iraqi Alliance got 140 of 275 seats in parliament

missing majority it wanted

2005 Provisional election results released UIA 48% Kurds 26% Iraqiya List 14% 58% voter turnout

2006 Saddam returned to court on order of judge and chanted “Down with Bush!”

2007 Baghdad Security Plan under Surge began Would place US and Iraqi forces in neighborhoods set up

combat outposts and focus upon protecting population

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

2007 Report Austrian sniper rifles Iran ordered showed up in Iraq

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

2007 Al Qaeda head Zawahiri released audiotape saying Bush gambled on Iraq and lost

2008 Parliament passed Provincial Powers Act to devolve authority to governorates Never really


2008 Awakening leader Sheikh Abu Risha announced political party Iraq’s Awakening to run in 2009

provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

2008 Report Anbar Awakening splitting over politics Sheikh Abu Risha made deal with VP Hashemi

and Islamic Party Sheikh Suleiman accused Hashemi of attempting to take over Awakening Accused Islamic Party of working with ISI

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

2008 Report Only 10% of Sahwa started training to join ISF Govt promised 25% would join

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

2009 Asst sec gen of PUK who was also VP of KRG quit over disagreement on how to deal with

corruption within party

2010 Iraqiya suspended campaign for 2010 election after candidates rebanned for Baathist ties

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

2016 Sadr said economic reforms needed and better govt Gave Abadi 45 day deadline and supported

his technocratic govt idea

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

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