Sunday, February 21, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 21


1922 UK Sec of War Evans told Foreign Office it should back King Faisal because that would allow

UK to exit Iraq and escape expenses of running country

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1934 PM Midfai announced new cabinet 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

1984 Iranian Op Al Fajr 6 began Aimed at taking Ali al-Gharbi 15 miles into Iraq

1984 Iraq warned that it could use chemical weapons against next Iranian offensive

1986 Iraq counterattack to retake Faw began on 3 fronts Iraq used poison gas but bad weather dissipated


(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 Foreign Minister Aziz went to Moscow Told Gorbachev Iraq wouldn't accept UN resolution to

recognize Kuwait independence and pay reparations

1991 Russia announced proposal for Iraq withdrawal from Kuwait in return for lifting of sanctions US

rejected offer

1999 Govt killed 20 protesting assassination of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr by Saddam and arrested

            250 across Iraq In total 3,000 followers would be arrested 450 executed

(Musings On Iraq interview with Univ of Haifa’s Prof Baram on legacy of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between Occupations, Perspectives from 1920 to the Present)

(Musings On Iraq review Muqtada, Muqtada Al-Sadr, The Shia Revival, And The Struggle For Iraq)

2002 Fmr Amb Joseph Wilson left for Niger to investigate Iraq buying uranium from it Story fake

(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 ORHA staff met in DC to have run through their Iraq postwar plans

(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 PM Blair met Bush at Camp David to reaffirm their alliance to remove Saddam

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

2004 Report US did not brief UN inspectors on 21 of 105 WMD sites in Iraq US claimed it gave info on

all sites

2004 UN Secretary General Annan said UN was ready to assist Iraq with elections but couldn’t happen

before end of June 2004

2006 PBS Frontline show “The Insurgency” said Iraqi insurgency expanded and Islamists replaced

former regime members as leaders

2007 PM Blair announced England would begin withdrawing 1,500 troops from Basra

2007 Report British lost politically and militarily in Basra by 2005 when Shiite religious parties won

provincial election and took control of security forces and economy

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

2007 Australia said it would keep its 1,400 soldiers in Iraq

2008 Mahdi Army fought army unit controlled by Supreme Council in Baquba Diyala

2008 In Op Sun 800 Turkish troops moved 10 mil into Kurdistan to attack PKK Also moved out of base

inside KRG and stopped by Peshmerga who surrounded camp

2009 Report Gens Petraeus and Odierno thought US would be involved in Iraq for years Joint

Chiefs thought Iraq strain on troops and resources

2010 Report US military got tip $4 mil in counterfeit US dollars sent to Maysan to buy votes in

2010 election Another report interviewed man in Sadr City who organized 100 people in his neighborhood to control their votes

(Musings On Iraq Vote Buying In Iraq’s 2010 Election)

2011 Group of men attacked protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square while police looked on

2015 National Alliance MPs complained that Abadi didn’t consult with them about his reforms

2015 Sadrists said Abadi missed great chance to reform country Sadrists had been PM Abadi’s main


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

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