Sunday, June 20, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 20


1961 Qasim sent telegram to Kuwait emir claiming his country as part of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Unholy Babylon, The Secret History of Saddam’s War)

1961 Qasim said that all agreements between Kuwait and England were illegitimate because Kuwait was

            part of Iraq

1963 Kurdish minister resigned from Arif govt while Kurdish officers in military and govt

officials suspended due to new Barzani revolt

(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)

1980 Iraq held first parliamentary elections since end of monarchy in 1958 Baath won 187

seats Independents 63

1982 Saddam ordered Iraqi troops to withdraw to border Ayatollah Khomeini said war would end

when Saddam was out

1982 Ayatollah Khomeini agreed to Iran going on offensive and invading Iraq Said that heavy Shiite

casualties had to be avoided

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

1985 Iran Op Fatah in Basra started

1987 UN Res 598 called for new peace plan to end Iran-Iraq War Tehran did not reject idea for first


1987 Iran Op Nasr 4 Took Mawat Kurdistan

(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 Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

(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)

1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid issued order for random attacks on Kurdish areas to kill as many people as

possible Also said that any Kurd captured between 15-70 should be interrogated then executed

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq in Wartime, Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance)

2004 Interim PM Allawi said special commando units would be created Interior Min Naqib used units to

bring in relatives and ex-military into ministry Allawi thought units would be critical to defeating insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

2004 Head of 9/11 Commission said Al Qaeda was closer to Iran and Pakistan than Iraq

2004 9/11 Comm member said captured Iraqi docs showed 1 Fedayeen Saddam was an Al Qaeda member

Attacked press for claiming Comm report contradicted Bush admin claims on Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

2004 White House claimed 9/11 Comm proved its argument of Al Qaeda-Iraq ties when Commission said

no cooperation

2005 UK UN diplomat Ross said he saw 4 ½ yrs of intel on Iraq WMD and it didn’t support Blair’s

argument for war

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

2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Al Qaeda’s Libi and

INC reported Iraq provided training to Al Qaeda Feb 04 Libi recanted his story which was given under torture

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


2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said in 1990 Ansar al-

Islam was working on WMD in Kurdistan Ansar not created until 2002

2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq supported Ansar

al-Islam Was not true

2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said Iraq ran terrorist

training camp in Salman Pak with a plane fuselage next to a WMD facility raising fears Iraq giving terrorists WMD Was no active WMD facility in Salman Pak but was a terrorist training camp Stories were spread by INC

2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group said he believed 9/11

hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001 and never disproven Story false

2006 Michael Maloof who was on Pentagon’s Policy Counterterrorism Group claimed 2002 NIE was

attempt by CIA to win back debate on Iraq to WMD instead of terrorism

2006 Fmr head State Dept Intel Bureau Carl Ford said pre-Iraq war intel showed failure of tradecraft and

analysis of US intel

2006 Amb Carl Ford said US got reports of things like Iraq-Niger uranium story and aluminum tubes and

failed to analyze and question them thoroughly

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin said that Feith’s Counter Terror Group found lots of articles of Al

Qaeda-Iraq meetings but no control or operational connections

2006 Fmr Dep Dir CIA McLaughlin thought Feith’s Pentagon group was put together to counter CIA’s

intel on Iraq-Al Qaeda

2006 Fmr CIA bin Laden desk chief Scheuer said Iraq war devastated CIA’s counterterrorism office by

draining resources

2006 CIA’s Scheuer said CIA didn’t see any threat from Iraq compared to Al Qaeda Said Dep Sec Def

Feith’s office was set up to counter the CIA’s reporting no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda

2006 Scheuer headed CIA’s report on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and found no relationship

2006 Gen DeLong Gen Frank’s deputy commander at CENTCOM said he believed Iraq working with

Ansar al-Islam and Al Qaeda in Kurdistan pre-invasion

2008 Report Reform and Change front that included 1920 Revolution Brigades reached out to political

parties trying to get involved in politics

2008 ISF arrested Sadrist deputy governor 2 councilmen 700 police in Maysan during Operation Promise

of Peace against Sadr

(Musings On Iraq Operation Promise of Peace in Maysan Province)

2008 Report 4 political parties formed from 2 Anbar Awakening groups and 2 from insurgent Islamic


2009 Head of Kurdish list in Ninewa told Bashiqa teachers they should stop teaching in Arabic and

switch to Kurdish Dispute with Hadbaa List

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

2009 ISI bombed Shiite mosque killing 73 in Taza Kirkuk

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

2009 Report After Promise of Peace security op in Maysan PM Maliki promised $100 mil for

rebuilding Money not spent well and still few services Sadrist officials in Maysan were refusing to help with projects Maliki created 17 tribal support councils in Maysan Were patronage networks used in 2010 election

2010 2 car bombs in front of Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad 27 killed 55 wounded

2010 Funeral for protester killed in Basra led to march calling for PM Maliki to step down

2010 Ayatollah Najafi issued statement condemning electricity shortages and supported right of people

to protest problem

2011 Sadr statement called for arrest and punishment of ex-Mahdi Army Abu Dura and his followers

Known as Shiite Zarqawi

2011 PM Maliki and other political leaders met at Pres Talabani’s house in Baghdad to discuss power


2012 Sadr MP said 3rd term for PM Maliki would lead to dictatorship

(Musings On Iraq interview with Inside Iraqi Politics’ Sowell on whether Maliki became a dictator)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Historian Phebe Marr comparing PM Maliki with MP Said)

2012 Sadrist protest in Baghdad claimed govt cracking down on independent press

2013 Chevron signed new exploration deal with KRG for work in Irbil

2013 Gazprom met with Pres Barzani to discuss oil deals in KRG

2013 Shahristani claimed Iraq’s electricity problems would be solved by end of year

2013 Election Comm said voter turnout only 35% in Ninewa and 37% in Anbar in delayed provincial


2014 Tanker sold Kurdish oil to Israel exported through KRG’s independent pipeline to Turkey

2014 Fighting between Naqshibandi and ISIS in Hawija killed 17 as IS tried to assert control over area

(Musings On Iraq Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi)

2014 45 bodies found executed by insurgents in Tigris River in Salahaddin

2014 Turkman leaders in Tuz Kharmato said happy Peshmerga moved into city but wanted power


2014 Sistani spokesman called for new govt that “avoids past mistakes” Most took that as criticism of

PM Maliki

2015 Hashd killed a Kurdish civilian in a car leading to gunfight between Hashd and Peshmerga in Tuz


2015 Civil group claimed Peshmerga killing civilians and displacing people in Diyala’s Khanaqin Dist

2018 Up to 300 protested in Basra demanded jobs from oil companies and Industry Ministry Was broken

up by police

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