Friday, March 5, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 5


1917 British forces started march on Baghdad from Kut

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

1968 Barzani and Talabani forces fought in Raniya area

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

1981 Iraq offered peace deal to Iran including withdrawal Khomeini said no seeing offer as weakness by


1981 Khomeini’s rejection of Iraq’s peace offer led Saddam to push ahead with new attacks in Iran

1981 Report that Iraq wanted to buy military equipment from US but turned down

1983 Soviet For Min Gromyko met with Iraqi and Iranian delegations to try to mediate end to Iran-Iraq


1984 US condemned Iraq’s use of WMD for 1st time in Iran-Iraq War Iraq denied it used any

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1985 Iraq bombed Ahvaz in Khuzistan province Started new war of cities that lasted until June 1985

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1985 Iraqi military intelligence warned 3rd and 4th Corps of impending Iranian offensive Attack

would come further south

1987 Saddam had meeting on war Decided to expand Republican Guard Expand tanker war Use

WMD more

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

1988 Iran told UN that it was ready to accept ceasefire

(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 Police tried to arrest army deserters in Raniya but Kurdish rebels seized city Began

            executing Baathists and security personnel by throwing them off roof of a building

1991 Karbala joined Shiite revolt

1991 Ayatollah Khoei issued fatwa for people in Najaf to follow Islamic Law Protect property during


1991 US Gen Brandtner said US would not let weapons go to Shiite rebels in southern Iraq

(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 When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

1991 Sec Def Cheney said US would not be able to hold coalition together if it moved on Saddam

1991 Iraq officially renounced annexation of Kuwait agreed to pay reparations and return stolen

property to Kuwait

1991 Report Saudia Arabia worked with Syria to create Iraq Salvation Movement made up of Dawa

Communists KDP PUK pro-Syrian Baath Party ISCI

1995 INC claimed fighting between opposition and Iraqi forces in Qurna as part of its uprising

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

1998 UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq and carried out successful searches

(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)

1998 UN inspector Ritter installed device that allowed NSA to monitor Iraq’s military and

            security communications to uncover WMD concealment program

1998 Report Al Qaeda operative arrived in Baghdad for talks False story

1998 Jim Hoagland OpEd in Wash Post said many Republicans would support Ahmed Chalabi

            and INC simply to attack Clinton

2002 CIA debriefed Fmr Amb Wilson on his trip to Niger to investigate Iraq buying uranium Wilson said

he found no proof of Iraq-Niger uranium deal but in 1999 Iraq asked Niger about better trade CIA believed 1999 overture about better Iraq-Niger trade might have been supporting proof of uranium deal Niger story fake

2002 Fmr Amb Wilson left CIA debriefing believing he disproved Iraq-Niger uranium deal CIA felt they

might have proof it happened 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)

2002 Joint Intel Comm head Scarlett briefed PM Blair on Iraq’s WMD Afterward Blair thought Iraq only

had battlefield WMD capability

2002 UK Home Secretary Blunkett at cabinet meeting asked whether legal basis for action vs Iraq

2002 UK For Sec Straw wrote article saying if Saddam refused weapons inspectors there would be


(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)

2002 UK intel report predicted successor to Saddam would be a Sunni military man

2003 UK Embassy in Washington said Bush admin set on war with Iraq

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

2003 France Russia Germany said they would not vote for a UN resolution authorizing force against Iraq

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

2003 PM Blair told Bush if they got 9 votes on Sec Council for 2nd resolution and it was vetoed they

would still have legal authority for action

2003 UK Attny Gen told PM Blair if 2nd resolution vetoed in UN would be no legal basis for Iraq war

2003 Sec State Powell told Congress 2nd UN resolution against Iraq would pass while his staff told him

wasn’t likely

2003 Sec State Powell said that Iraq weapons declaration to UN farce because it said it had no WMD and

claimed it was hiding them from inspectors

(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)

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

2003 National Intelligence Committee memo said that docs on Iraq-Niger uranium deal were forgeries

(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 Sir Tebbet Sec of UK Def Min asked cabinet for legal authorization for war with Iraq

2003 Russian Amb provided Iraq with numbers of US troops, equipment and their locations to Iraq

before invasion

(Musings On Iraq Russia Provided Iraq With Details Of US Plans Right Before Invasion)

2003 ORHA head Garner got ok from Rice to use frozen Iraqi assets to pay for postwar plans Garner told

Rice he didn’t think there would be enough US troops in Iraq to maintain security after invasion Garner asked Rice what were plans to put together post-Saddam Iraqi govt Got no answer

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


2003 Gen Franks briefed Bush on war preparations Were 208,000 forces in Middle East with 50,000

more arriving in 2 weeks

2003 Bush met Vatican envoy who argued against war because of casualties and gulf between Christians

and Muslims

2004 Gen Abizaid said ISF put together too quickly and lacked training equipment command and control

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

2004 Fmr head weapons inspector Blix said Iraq war was not authorized by existing UN resolutions

2004 Shiite members of Iraqi Governing Council refused to sign Transitional Administrative Law due to

Sistani objections

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2004 Badr head in Najaf Hassan attempted to assassinate CPA provincial coordinator for trying to stop

Hassan from bribing Najaf council to control it

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

2006 Gen Pace Joint Chiefs head said Iraq was not heading towards civil war

2006 After head of Nuaim tribe and sheikh from Jabour tribe killed Hawija sheikhs decided to fight Al

Qaeda in Iraq

2007 Report Interior Min fired and reassigned 10,000 workers for torture taking bribes tied to militias

2008 Gen Petraeus and Amb Crocker said Iran failed to follow through with promise to PM Maliki to cut

support for militias Gen Odierno and CENTCOM cmdr Adm Fallon said that Iran biggest long term threat to Iraq Sill training and directing militias

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

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

2008 Cabinet approved Oil Ministry to sign technical support agreements with foreign oil companies for

            first time

2008 Emergency security plan in Basra announced to hunt down militias after Nasiriya police inspector

            general assassinated there week before

2012 Wearing ISF uniforms ISI attacked 5 checkpoints Took 27 police prisoner Executed them Then

released video of attacks

2018 Parliament voted to review Iraq National Oil Company

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