Saturday, September 11, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 11


1916 Retreating British attacked and broke up tribesmen harassing them in Sahilan, Dhi Qar

1922 Colonial Sec Churchill told King Faisal accepted UK supporting Iraq’s membership in

League of Nations after Anglo-Iraq Treaty signed Faisal demanded Iraqi sovereignty and thought he had right to League membership without UK

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1929 Iraq High Commissioner Clayton told Baghdad that it would be admitted to League of Nations for

independence in 1932

1961 Kurdish Arkou tribe attacked army column near Bazyan Qasim ordered bombing of Kurdish areas in


1958 KDP statement to govt Supported Iraq-Egypt union but it should not be pressed because

Kurds would become smaller minority Said national rights should be first and that would lead to Kurdish rights being recognized

1980 Iraq sent protest letter to Iran about border incidents Said Iran violated intl law and Iraq would

defend itself

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

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

1982 Iraq agreed to Arab League ceasefire proposal including withdrawing from Iran $70 bil in

reparations Iran said no

1985 Iran seized western Majnoon Islands Iraq counterattacked but failed to dislodge Iranians Did stop


(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 Iraq released edited version of Saddam’s meeting with US Amb Glaspie Saddam told Amb Glaspie

Iraq would take military action vs Kuwait if it didn’t give into Iraq’s Demands

1996 KDP took control of all of Kurdistan after pushing PUK out with help of Iraqi army

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

2001 Bush asked whether Iraq was involved in 9/11 because Saddam backed Palestinian terrorists

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

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

(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


(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

2001 Rice told UK Amb to US Meyer that White House was looking into whether Iraq

            involved in 9/11

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 3.1 Development of UK Strategy and Options on Iraq, 9/11 to Early January 2002)

2001 5 hrs after 9/11 Defense Secretary Rumsfeld wrote memo asking for info on

            whether US should attack Saddam and Iraq

2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Pentagon lawyer to talk to Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz about Iraq-Al Qaeda


2001 NSC meeting Def Sec Rumsfeld said he wasn’t sure Afghanistan should be first in war on terror

Asked if Iraq involved Sec State Powell argued Al Qaeda had to be first target

2001 Counterterrorism chief Clarke said Def Sec Rumsfeld and Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz were taking

advantage of 9/11 to push their Iraq agenda

(Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror)

2001 Bush said that US should get rid of Saddam and told some aides to look into Iraq-Al Qaeda


(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2001 Joint Chiefs of Staff asked Central Command to begin contingency planning against 5 countries

including Iraq Request denied because Command too busy with Afghanistan

2001 UndersecDef Feith said that war on terror had to start with Iraq

2001 In 2003 Bush would say 9/11 changed his mind about the problems Saddam could pose Said he no

longer believed in containment afterward

2001 Report that Saddam put his forces on alert and retreated to a bunker in Tikrit area showing he was

involved in 9/11

2001 DepSecDef Wolfowitz told TV show that US would target govts that supported terrorism Mentioned

Iraq as example of that type of state

2001 Defense Policy Board member Perle said that Iraq responsible for 9/11 and had to pay

2001 Italian intelligence told CIA that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from Niger

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 UK intel report that Iraq was producing WMD 7 days a week in facilities throughout the country

Warned overthrow of Saddam would increase chances of WMD falling into hands of terrorists and terrorism overall

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

2002 PM Blair said parliament had to discuss Iraq and WMD Told Parliament war with Iraq would increase

terrorism threat but Saddam giving WMD to terrorists was larger concern

2002 Bush told Natl Sec Adv Rice and Sec State Powell he would ask for new UN resolution vs Iraq

2002 Bush said he had gotten support from Australian Premier Howard and Spanish Pres Aznar for action

against Iraq

2002 Sen Graham asked CIA for new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq

2002 Bush speechwriter Gerson called another speechwriter Gibson that Iraq tried to buy uranium from

Niger and wanted it included in Bush’s UN speech CIA was going to allow Niger claim be used in Bush’s UN speech initially but then changed mind saying it was single source and unconfirmed

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 White House asked CIA to clear use of aluminum tubes story for Bush UN speech Were for rockets

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

2003 DepDefSec Wolfowitz said Saddam connected to terrorism and Al Qaeda and bin Laden now trying to

work with ex-Baathists

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2003 Report Pentagon made no detailed plans for postwar Iraq Hoped Chalabi and INC would take over govt

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

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

2004 Zarqawi recording condemned Muslims who were not supporting jihad in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2005 Report 70% of Iraqi detainees picked up by US released for lack of evidence or being a threat 1000s

of innocent Iraqis being held in US detention facilities for months before being released US mass arrests causing widespread resentment against Americans

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

2006 Bush speech US being tested like Cold War and withdrawing from Iraq would be catastrophe US

strategy at time was to withdraw from Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

2006 Wash Post report Marine intel reported US losing in Anbar due to lack of troops no functioning Iraqi

govt Caused US politicians to question war

2006 VP Cheney told Meet The Press insurgency had gone on longer than expected May 2005 Cheney said

insurgency in “last throes” Defended invasion of Iraq saying Saddam supported terrorism and would have restarted WMD programs if not for US Blamed fmr CIA Dir Tenet for bad pre-war intel on Iraq

2008 Gen Petraeus said couldn’t declare victory in Iraq Said improvements in Iraq could be reversed

Warned Iraq would take a very long time to find peace and stability

2008 US released  captured letter from ISI to Al Qaeda Said ISI wasn’t getting good fighters Wasn’t

communicating with Al Qaeda Questioned leadership of War Min Masri who was misidentified as leader of ISI Same time claimed ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was not a real person Letter was ISI disinformation to mislead US and Iraq about group

2008 Parliament’s human rights comm found secret prison in Basra with 200 unfed sick tortured

prisoners None had gone to trial Facility run by Def Min

2015 Kataib Hezbollah said no Hashd or lovers of Islam should join protests Claimed they were being

controlled by US

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2018 Protest in Basra city demanding dismissal of Basra Operations Commander and PM Abadi to resign

2019 Checkpoint at Gogli outside Mosul 30th Hashd Brigade got into confrontation with

motorcade of Ninewa Dep Gov Rozbayani and MP Dobardani Detained 4 of their bodyguards and freed than an hour later

(Musings On Iraq Hashd’s 30th Brigade In Ninewa Assaults Dep Governor and MP)

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