Wednesday, March 24, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 24


1955 PM Said renegotiated deal with Iraq Petroleum Company increasing revenues for govt and

expanding pipelines and pumping facilities to increase exports

1959 Gen Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Baghdad Pact

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

1967 Pres Arif ordered some units of the Iraqi military to be put on alert as tensions grew between Israel

            and Egypt

1973 Saddam visited Moscow to push for stronger Iraq-Soviet cooperation

(Musings On Iraq review Saddam His Rise and Fall)

1982 Saddam took control of central front to try to stop Iranian Op Fath attack upon Maysan

1984 Iraq deployed French Super Entendard jets first time on raid on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear

power plant US provided satellite intelligence on facility before and after to assess raid Didn’t hit main target Was 1st of 6 attacks on facility lasting until 1988 Plant was unfinished and Iran was not working on it so wasted attack

1986 UN condemned Iraq’s use of chemical weapons in Iran-Iraq War

(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 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)

1988 KDP base hit with poison gas in 2nd Anfal campaign Civilians rounded up and men executed by

govt forces

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1991 Turkish Pres Ozal met Bush in US and told him an independent Kurdistan in Iraq would lead to

greater Kurdistan affecting Turkey Syrian Iran

1992 Iraqi army began shelling Kifri as sporadic fighting with Peshmerga continued

1998 French Pres Chirac told PM Blair that sanctions were killing kids in Iraq

2002 VP Cheney on CNN’s Late Edition called Saddam an evil man that U.S. would deal with

(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


2003 US forces reached outside Karbala

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

2003 Expected sandstorm hit leading to pause in invasion Gen Franks didn’t want pause and pushed for his forces to continue attack

2003 US B-52 bombers began attacks on Republican Guard positions south of Baghdad

2003 British forces took Basra airport Heavy fighting with Fedayeen led British forces to withdraw from

Basra City

(Musings On Iraq review Target Basra, The High Octane Story of the Royal Marine Commandos In Iraq)

2003 British military told govt local Iraqi militias putting up tough fight in Basra

2003 British received reports of uprising within Basra city put down by Fedayeen and Baath militia

2003 Red Cross warned of humanitarian emergency in Basra city as water running out

2003 Dow Jones reported no WMD found at suspected facility in Najaf

2003 Iran decided to send in operatives and Badr Brigade to carry out ops against US in Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

(Musings On Iraq Early Reports On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2003 Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and Pres Khatami recorded talking about sending forces to 5 Iraq cities

to incite anti-US violence

2003 Arab League voted 21-1 demanding U.S. and UK forces withdraw from Iraq

2003 Putin called Bush and said there would be great suffering during war Bush said everything would

be under control

2003 Tariq Aziz gave presser saying US was after Iraq’s oil

2003 Al Qaeda spokesman called on Muslims to join the jihad against the US in Iraq

2004 Ex-White House counterterrorism chief Clarke told 9/11 Commission Iraq not behind 1993 World

Trade Center bombing Accusation came from Laurie Mylroie’s conspiracy theories

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2006 Review of captured Iraqi documents and interviews with Baathist leadership showed reason

Saddam wanted WMD and was unwilling to admit that he’d destroyed them after Gulf War Was because he thought they deterred Iran which he saw as existential threat Saddam also believed US wouldn’t invade in 2003

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

2007 Report DynCorp contracted by US govt to provide sandbags police and training camps regularly

overpriced work Iraqi contractors repeatedly failed to do job DynCorp contracted to fill sandbags at Najaf police dept Paid $67k then contracted Iraqi company for $23k to do job Sandbags were useless and job had to be redone Built police camps in Baquba Basra Ramadi Fallujah Najaf all considered bad mostly due to subcontractors Built camp in Mosul for $2.1 bil that should have cost $600k Camp got bad review Air conditioners didn't work Used cheap furniture Foam instead of real mattresses Another police camp cancelled after spent $43.8 mil on it

2008 PM Maliki launched Charge of Knights against Mahdi Army in Basra Claimed op was against

militias and criminals Didn’t go after Badr or Fadhila only Sadrists who were biggest rival to Maliki’s plans for provincial and national elections Iraqi army brigade broke Half quit other half retreated

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2008 Mahdi Army attacked joint US-Iraqi security station on edge of Sadr City

2008 Oil Min asked foreign companies to submit plans to develop Iraq’s oil and natural gas fields for

first time since 03

2008 Gen Petraeus blamed Iran for recent spate of rocket attacks upon Green Zone

2008 Report Bush was never a fan of INC’s Chalabi before 03 invasion

2008 Report Neither Sec State Powell nor Natl Sec Adv Rice objected to Pentagon taking control of

postwar Iraq Powell thought State would eventually take charge Rice thought US would only be in Iraq for a few months

2008 Report From 03-08 demand for electricity increased 125% Supply increased during that period

but couldn’t keep up with demand

2008 Report Sadrists complained about ceasefire Said they came under attack from PM Maliki and US

Claimed 2,000-2,500 of their followers arrested since start of ceasefire Blamed ISCI for attacks upon them in south Said they received new weapons and cash from Iran

2009 Sahwa commander in Salahaddin said that Ansar al-Sunna and ISI had

            created new alliance after mediation by Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri

2009 Sahwa leader in west Baghdad arrested and put in secret Interior Min jail Accused of being

            an ISI leader Judge dismissed charges against him Released under US pressure

2009 Report Sahwa group in Baghdad said not paid nor gotten promised govt jobs Only 5000

sahwa got jobs in ISF US general claimed 94,000 sahwa would have jobs by end of year Said Health Min agreed to hire 3000 Education Min 10000 Oil Min 500

2009 Report Head of Al Hadbaa said it rejected Peshmerga in Ninewa 200 Kurdish soldiers and

commander in Ninewa deserted summer 08 during conflict between Baghdad-Irbil US said PM Maliki replacing Kurdish officers and sending them to other provinces

2009 Report Iraqi schools deteriorating Shiite religious parties hiring staff adding religious

holidays that reduce schooling Lack enough schools and teachers Political parties threaten teachers

2009 Pres Talabani said after international Kurdish conference PKK would give up fighting

Turkey PKK said not true and Talabani doesn’t control them

2010 PM Maliki announced new anti-corruption campaign

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 Riot at Rusafa prison over overcrowding

2012 Baghdad and Irbil agreed to increased joint patrols in Diyala

2013 Naqshibandi sent group to Ramadi protest site to try to push it towards violence against govt

2014 After Burhiz, Kirkuk retaken from IS Militias killed at least 2 civilians and burned homes

2016 Most ruling parties refused to send candidates for technocratic cabinet to Abadi

2016 Supreme Council suspended its ministers in govt

2016 Head of IS Military Council Anbari killed

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