Thursday, March 4, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 4


1935 Jamil al-Midfai became PM of Iraq 2nd time 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

1950 Denaturalization law allowed Jews to leave Iraq if gave up citizenship

1959 Communists held large protests in Mosul trying to deter military revolt there against Gen Qasim

(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)

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

1963 Arif govt delegation met with Mullah Mustafa Barzani in north for negotiations

(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)

1981 Islamic Conference Organization’s peace plan was rejected by both Iran and Iraq

1981 Italy authorized sale of 11 naval vessels and a floating dock worth $1.8 bil to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1984 Iraqi general quoted as saying that Iraq had right to use chemical weapons against Iran to defend


(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 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 Najaf and Kufa joined Shiite revolt after Gulf War

1991 Iraqi forces began retaking Basra from rebels

1991 Kurdish rebellion started in Raniya

(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)

(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)

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

1995 INC and PUK forces began attack upon Iraqi forces in planned uprising against Saddam but

failed due to lack of US support CIA had supported INC plan but White House backed out in end KDP refused to join as a result 

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

1995 Saddam told of meeting with bin Laden in Feb Saddam agreed to broadcast anti-Saudi lectures Said

future relations would be determined by more talks Meeting was only confirmed one between Iraq and al Qaeda

2001 US told UN Sec Council Iraq had been reselling supplies from Oil for Food program setting up

front companies giving kickbacks to get around sanctions

2002 State Dep intel memo sent to Sec State Powell and DIA Didn’t believe Niger would sell uranium to

Iraq 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 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Feith briefed Bush and NSC on Pentagon’s postwar plans

Goals were to maintain integrity of Iraq Improve living standards Create a democracy Destroy WMD Fight war on terror Get international support for rebuilding Gain support of Iraqis Get Iraqis to rule as quickly as possible to accomplish all tasks quickly Had no strategy on how to achieve goals

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

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

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

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

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


(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2003 US found that France made allegation that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger based upon 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 PM Blair told that US was thinking about starting war on 3/12/03 despite UK desire for 2nd UN

resolution against Iraq

2003 UK For Sec Straw told parliament committee Iraq was in material breach of UN Res 1441 and that

gave legal authority for action

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

2005 US troops accidentally shot and killed Italian intelligence officer outside Baghdad Airport

2007 Report Number of bodies found in Baghdad went from 35-50 a day to 20 Shiites in Kadhimiya

trying to take over Sunni Hurriya neighborhood north Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

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

2007 UK and Iraqi forces raided National Intelligence Agency HQ in Basra Found 30 prisoners that had

been tortured Intel office connected to attacks upon UK kidnappings and murders

2007 Report British army found missile that brought down helicopter in Basra in May 2006 came from


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

2007 1,100 US soldiers and ISF conducted search in Sadr City Came after Sadr told PM Maliki he

supported Baghdad security plan Was no resistance

2008 Head of National Reconciliation Council announced 12,000 Sahwa had joined ISF Was still below

the number govt promised

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2012 ISI assassinated 2 police commanders in their homes and took a checkpoint in Haditha

2013 ISI and Al Nusra Front ambushed 48 Syrian soldiers in Anbar and executed them

2016 Sadrists held second demonstrations in Baghdad calling for reforms

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

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