Friday, June 18, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 18

1932 Assyrian religious leader Mar Shimun presented petition to League of Nations Mandate

Commission demanding autonomy for his people

(Musings On Iraq review The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review State and Society in Iraq)

1964 New govt formed by PM Yahya

1972 Iraq and France signed deal to allow France to keep its share of Iraq Petroleum Company in return

for technical aid to run industry France also allowed to buy Iraqi oil at lower prices Agreed to major arms deal

1988 Iraq Op Fury starts working with Mujahadeen e-Khalq started attacking Iranian

            forces using nerve gas to capture Mehran central front

1988 Iraq Op Fury killed nearly 3500 Iranians and destroyed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Division Hit 10 oil fields

(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)

(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)

1990 Intl Islamic Popular Conf backed Iraq against Zionist aggression and conspiracy led by US and


1998 Inspectors report to UN Said Iraq not come clean on VX program 1st denied it worked with it Then

said produced experimental amount that was destroyed Later admitted it produced 1.7 tons of VX but didn’t weaponize it

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Congress couldn’t find evidence for story 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel

officer in Prague in 01 Story was false

2003 Gen Odierno 4th Inf Div commander said US wasn’t facing an insurgency in Iraq because wasn’t

organized opposition Said there were attacks on US troops but were insignificant overall

2003 DepSecDef Wolfowitz told Congress US facing an insurgency in Iraq but U.S. could beat it

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2003 Bremer talked with Bush about troop levels in Iraq Bremer didn’t object to drawdown plan but said

they shouldn’t go too low

2003 Bush said plan was to rotate troops into and out of Iraq not to withdraw Said troops levels had to be


2003 2,000 fired Iraqi soldiers protested outside of Green Zone demanding pensions 1 speaker said they

would attack US forces for humiliating them Threw rocks US soldiers shot and killed 2

2003 Ex-ORHA head Garner met Def Sec Rumsfeld in Washington complained about CPA policies

Garner told Rumsfeld deBaathifiaction disbanding military and Iraq leadership group all wrong but could be fixed

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told ex-ORHA head Garner couldn't fix mistakes made by CPA could

            only move forward in Iraq

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld held press conference for ex-ORHA head Garner who said everything

            going well in Iraq Bremer doing good job

2003 Ex-ORHA head Garner met with Bush said that Iraq going well and Bremer doing good job

2003 David Kay new head of Iraq Survey Group looking for Iraq WMD left for Qatar to run search

2003 Kay switched Iraq Survey Group from search teams going to suspected WMD

            sites to intel op going through Iraqi docs

2003 CIA informed House and Senate Intel committees that it no longer believed Iraq-

            Niger uranium story

(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)

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide car bombing at army recruitment center Baghdad killed 35

            wounded 145

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

2004 9/11 Commission spokesman said it found no evidence of cooperation between

            Iraq and Al Qaeda

2007 US started Operation Arrowhead Ripper to clear Baquba

2008 Los Angeles Times interview with CURVEBALL Iraqi defector in Germany who claimed Iraq had

mobile WMD labs Claimed everything he said was true and he should be treated like a king for helping overthrow Saddam Labs didn’t exist

(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)

2011 Shooting between Sadrists and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in Sadr City

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2012 Report Gov Nujafi and Hadbaa made deals with Kurds in Ninewa after two opposed each other

2012 2 suicide bombers hit Shiite funeral in Baquba killing 22

(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)

2014 Tal Afar, Ninewa declared cleared of insurgents but wasn’t

2014 PM Maliki said he would not step down in return for U.S. military aid

2014 Joint Chiefs head Gen Dempsey and Def Sec Hagel told congress Iraqi govt had to reach out to

Sunnis to end insurgency

2014 Insurgents kidnapped 17 Shiites from Tuz Kharmato and executed them

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

2014 Insurgents began attack upon Baiji refinery

2014 New security operation in Jurf al-Sakhr, Babil began

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi issued statement that armed groups outside of the control of the state were

prohibited All Iraqi forces had to operate under his command after spate of attacks by pro-Iran groups on bases containing Americans

(Musings On Iraq Tehran And Its Allies Respond Asymmetrically To Trump Admin’s Iran Policy)

2019 Rockets fired at Ninewa Operations Command Rumail oil field and foreign oil

company compound in Burjesia Basra by pro-Iran groups due to Iran-US tensions

2020 PM Kazemi warned against outlaws threatening Iraqi security by firing rockets in


(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Gives Warning to Kataib Hezbollah To Stop Rocket Attacks In Baghdad)

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