Tuesday, February 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 2


1920 General Haldane made commander in Iraq Told to draw down troops to save money for


1920 UK India Office official Sirt Hirtzel wrote head political officer in Iraq Wilson that an Arab

administration under British control should be established in Iraq 

1970 Iraq went to UN over Shah placing troops on border after coup he backed vs Pres Bakr failed

1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 withdrew from bridgehead on Iraqi Fish Lake defensive line in Basra

(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)

2002 William Kristol told Senate invading Iraq would transform Middle East

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq)

2003 Sec State Powell and his deputy Armitage went to CIA to go through Iraq intel to use in his UN

speech Powell decided to use 3 intercepts of Iraqi officers perhaps talking about hiding WMD and intel on Zarqawi in Kurdistan CIA Dir Tenet told Powell no intel Saddam directly involved with Zarqawi Powell decided to claim Iraq giving sanctuary to Zarqawi

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

2004 Sec State Powell told WashPost if he knew Iraq had no WMD his decision on Iraq invasion would

have been different

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld claimed Iraq Study Group head Kay’s Senate testimony Iraq had no WMD

stocks proved White House case

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2004 Bremer and UK Rep Greenstock met with Barzani and Talabani to convince them of federalism

included in Transitional Admin Law Kurds objected to federalism by provinces but by region so KRG maintained

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2005 Assyrians in Ninewa Plains accused Kurds of stopping them from voting in Jan 30 election

2005 Bush said US in Iraq to create a democracy that could defend itself and was not a threat to its


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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

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

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2007 US Natl Intel Estimate ISF lacked training equipment skills to replace US forces If US withdrew in

12-18 months violence would increase in Iraq

2007 Def Sec Gates and Joint Chief head Gen Pace said Iraqis behind schedule in sending troops to

Baghdad for Surge Said only 55-65% of promised troops were in Baghdad

2008 Bombing 2 markets in Baghdad killed 99 wounded 145

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

2008 Accountability and Justice law passed to replace deBaathification legislation

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

2008 Interior Min Bolani said large drop in Saudi foreign fighters coming to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

2009 Sheikh Hamid al-Hayes said he would burn Ramadi if Islamic Party won election in Anbar

Said he would start a tribal war against the party

2014 Al Qaeda publicly renounced ties with ISIS

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

2018 Pentagon Inspector General reported 9 Abrams tanks sold to Iraqi army ended up with Pro-Iran

Hashd groups Some captured from IS others not

(Musings On Iraq Pentagon Finally Realized Tanks It Sold To Iraq Ended Up With Pro-Iran Hashd Groups)

2019 Pro-Iran Hashd fired rockets at US advisers at Al-Asad air base in Anbar

2020 Sadr issued statement saying protesters blocking roads should be arrested and Education Min should

punish students and teachers on strike

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

2020 Sadr spokesman said movement would impose peace upon protests and work with ISF Said that

saboteurs had to be expelled from demonstrations

2020 Sadrists tried to clear a bridge in Baghdad occupied by protesters but failed Attacked demonstrators

in Basra and Nasiriya who were against Allawi’s nomination as PM Tried to take over protest square in Karbala

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

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