Monday, February 8, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 8


1922 UK Sec of War Evans wrote cabinet Iraqi army weak British military presence small Iraq

vulnerable to Turkey tribal unrest so UK should withdraw from Mosul

1962 Ibrahim Ahmed of KDP met with Kurdish Major Karani Passed message from General Yahyia

asking KDP to join with army to overthrow Gen Qasim

1963 Baath-military coup against Gen Qasim Started with assassination of Air Force chief Radio station

at Abu Ghraib seized

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

1963 Defense Ministry where Qasim was bombed during coup Communists took to

streets and fought army in Baghdad Communists asked Qasim to arm the public but he refused

1963 National Council of the Revolutionary Command created to run new govt

1963 Radio Baghdad called for people to kill Communists who were trying to protect God’s

enemy Gen Qasim Over next 2 days estimated 5,000 Communists were executed by Baathist militia

(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)

1963 New Baath-military govt asked Barzani to end his revolt Kurds said they would back

new govt if given democracy and autonomy Barzani announced ceasefire

(Musings On Iraq review 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)

1963 Kurdish delegation in Baghdad worked on concessions from new govt

1980 Saddam proposed pan-Arab charter of non-aligned Arab states to oppose superpowers in region

and to unite against Iran

1992 Report Bush authorized $30 mil CIA program to overthrow Saddam

2003 Bush said Iraq tried to buy equipment for WMD Saddam authorized his commanders to use

chemical weapons

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

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

2003 Iraq turned over new documents about its WMD programs to UN inspectors that was called


2003 UN inspectors went to site CURVEBALL defector claimed was secret WMD facility and found


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

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

(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)

2004 After Iraq Survey Group said it found no stockpiles of WMD Bush said they could still be found

and Saddam was still dangerous

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

2004 Report British intel spied on UN Security Council in 2003 during deliberations on 2nd resolution to

authorize force vs Iraq

2004 Japanese troops arrived in Iraq for first overseas deployment since WWII

2006 Senate Foreign Relations Comm told oil electricity water sewage all below pre-war levels in Iraq

2007 ISI told new Baiji refinery director general that only Sunnis were to be hired at the facility

2007 US-Iraqi raid arrested Dep Health Min Zamili Accused of hiring Mahdi Army members into Health

Ministry Embezzled money from ministry Used ministry for kidnappings and murders Used ambulances to ferry weapons and militiamen across Baghdad

2007 Report US soldiers unsure of ISF units they worked with in Baghdad during Surge Iraqi officers

sold their soldiers uniforms ISF beat suspects at checkpoints Took bribes from suspects to be released Executed suspects

2007 Report CPA financial adv Adm Oliver said he didn’t know if the $8.8 bil given to Iraqi ministries in

03-04 was spent or not Said he didn’t care Said it was Iraqi money

2008 Sahwa in Diyala went on strike demanding provincial police chief be replaced accused of running

death squads and torturing prisoners arresting Sahwa

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2008 US military said number of attacks on Sahwa doubled since Oct 07

2008 Report ISI trying to win back popular support by changing tactics Being more selective in targeting

and not trying to kill civilians

2008 Constitutional Committee asked for another extension to amend the constitution Never finished

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

2008 State Dept official in charge of Iraq said pro-Iran groups increasing attacks in 2008

2008 Oil Min Shahristani asked international oil companies to invest in Iraq for first time

(Musings On Iraq Oil Minister Under Attack On Eve Of Awarding New Contracts)

2009 Sheikh Abu Risha said he formed ruling coalition in Anbar to keep Islamic Party out of power

Had talk with Mutlaq of Iraqi National Project who is also against Islamic Party

2009 Report KRG PM Barzani accused PM Maliki of trying to move troops into Kirkuk to take it

over Complained about deployment of army’s 12th Div Asked U.S. to intervene

2010 Judicial Council ruled that Cassation Panel only had jurisdiction over individual appeals of

banned candidates and couldn’t unban 511 candidates en masse 

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

2010 Speaker Samarrai said parliament endorsed Cassation Panel so couldn’t have confidence

withdrawn as some threatened Said Panel was going through appeals of banned candidates

2010 Cassation Panel went back to reviewing banned candidates Found half of 511 banned

candidates had been replaced by their parties and cases could no longer be dealt Only had 177 cases that could be appealed Only 37 of those had filed right papers rest were disqualified for technical reasons

(Musings On Iraq Only 37 Banned Candidates Can Appeal Their Cases)

2010 Protest in Dhi Qar against Cassation Panel for unbanning candidates for Baathist ties

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

2010 PM Maliki called for parliament to meet over Cassation Panel going back to reviewing banned


2011 Parliament human rights comm opened investigation of Camp Honor secret prison in Baghdad run

by PM Maliki Nothing came of it

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

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

2014 ISIS joined Fallujah Military Council and agreed to cooperate with other militant factions

2015 Peshmerga destroyed villages in 5 districts in southern Kirkuk

2020 Sadr reversed course again Said he would withdraw his people form protests Announced 18 point

charter for demonstrations Included ending school boycotts not blocking roads Not getting involved in politics

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