Wednesday, March 10, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 10


1917 British forces defeated Ottoman defenses outside Baghdad in Diyala River Led Ottomans to

abandon Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq book review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1963 Arif govt announced it would give Kurds national rights and decentralization

(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)

1975 Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council and Regional Command of Baath Party ratified Algiers

Agreement with Iran

1975 Mustafa Barzani sent letter to Kissinger saying that Kurds were being destroyed by Iraqi govt and

asked for U.S. help

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1980 Iraq declared Iran’s ambassador persona non-grata as dispute built up leading to Iran-Iraq War

1990 Saddam issued amnesty for Kurdish fighters

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

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

1990 Iraq sentenced UK Observer journalist Bazoft to death for reporting on missile program

1991 Iranian Rev Guard attacked 2 Mujahedeen e-Khalq camps in Iraq during Shiite uprising

(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)

1991 Kurdish uprising spread to Tuz Kharmato and Dohuk

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

1991 Govt imposed curfew in Kirkuk to try to stop unrest

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

1991 US troops began withdrawing from Persian Gulf

1991 300 delegates from 23 opposition parties met in Lebanon to come up with strategy against Saddam

2002 Report UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee investigation found no links between Iraq and 9/11

2002 CIA briefing included story that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger

(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 UK gave Iraq 6 requirements to meet if wanted to avoid war including Saddam going on TV and

admitting to WMD

2003 French President Jacques Chirac said France would veto any new resolution because no grounds

for war

(Musings On Iraq Section 3.7 Development of UK Strategy and Options, 1 February to 7 March 2003)

2003 Bush told PM Blair 2nd UN resolution against Iraq was waste of time Was major policy goal of Blair

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

2003 Bush talked to his advisors about giving an ultimatum to Saddam to leave power

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


2003 US official said Iraq had cluster munitions to disperse WMD

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

2003 ORHA head Garner briefed Bush on plans for postwar Iraq including using Iraqi army for

reconstruction and interim govt Said would only remove top Baath leadership Bush approved ORHA’s plan

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 NSC briefed on postwar Iraq plans Included excluding 25,000 top Baathists from govt Prosecuting Iraqi

war criminals Discussed truth and reconciliation commission Using Iraqi courts and police Establishing law and order Bush said US needed to get Iraqis running new govt and US would not pick new Iraqi leaders Powell said US had to get a new UN resolution for the US led interim administration in postwar Iraq US Treasury Sec Snow said that US dollars could be used as interim currency in Iraq until new dinar created Bush approved light deBaathification after war Using dollars as temporary currency in Iraq Retaining Iraqi police

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Part I: Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)

2003 Institute for Science & Intl Sec report asked whether US misled public about Iraq rebuilding nuke


2003 Turkeys Erdogan met Bush Argued against deposing Saddam saying it would lead to Shiite govt

tied to Iran

2003 Gen Franks told White House mayors would be appointed to run Iraq after invasion Was not in any

postwar plans

2004 82nd Airborne Div commander claimed insurgency in Anbar was in disarray Next month 1st Battle

of Fallujah would be fought

2005 Kurds and United Iraqi Alliance agreed on new govt based upon deal to resolve future of Kirkuk

and PUK’s Talabani becoming president

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2007 For 2 days ISI began burning homes in Muqtadiya Diyala causing dozens of families to flee

2007 Iraq hosted international conference of 13 countries UN Islamic Conference and Arab League PM

Maliki asked for help to fight terrorism

2008 Report Iraqi intel said Sadr’s ceasefire and move to Iran during Surge benefited Tehran the most

which was able to break away large sections of Mahdi Army

2008 Female suicide bomber killed sheikh and Sahwa leader in Diyala as part of ISI campaign against


(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2008 Speaker Mashadani said KRG had right to sign oil contracts Said courts would have final say on


2008 Study of captured Baath docs found no evidence of operational link between Saddam and Al Qaeda

Said Saddam didn’t trust Islamists Mar 06 US military released study of Iraqi docs and found same thing

2008 US military spokesman said caches found of Iranian weapons Accused Iran of recruiting Iraqis to

train them in Iran Hezbollah did much of the training

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

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

2009 Suicide bombing of tribal gathering with army in Abu Ghraib killed 33

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2009 Report Iraq producing 6,000 megawatts of power Was goal of CPA to be reached by June


2010 Iran invited Shiite politicians to celebrate Nowruz and pushed them to reunite behind PM Maliki

2015 UN human rights report said Hashd acted with impunity and left trail of death and

destruction behind it

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