Wednesday, September 15, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 15


1950 Nuri al-Said became PM 6th time 1922-58 were 59 cabinets

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review ‘Independent Iraq’ The Monarchy & British Influence, 1941-1958)

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

1965 PM Razzaq planed for Iraqi air force planes to intercept Pres Arif while he was flying

to Morocco for Arab League Summit and overthrow govt

1980 Iran accused Iraq of attempting to shoot down helicopter with Iranian Pres Bani Sadr and Premier

Rajai on it

1980 Iranian F-14 Tomcat shot down an Iraqi MiG

1981 Reagan administration discussed covert arms deal with Iraq to get a Russian T-72 tank in return Iraq

rejected idea

1987 Saddam told UN delegation he would accept ceasefire if UN punished Iran

(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)

1989 Iraq arrested UK Observer reporter Bazoft for reporting on missile program

Led to condemnation in UK media Saddam believed West plotting against Iraq and Bazoft’s arrest would be sign to them to leave Iraq alone

1992 PUK and KDP agreed to merge their Peshmerga under command of Kurdish parliament

1995 PUK and KDP broke off peace talks brokered by US to end civil war

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

1997 Inspectors obstructed during trip to Sarabadi Republican Guard base

2001 Bush held meeting at Camp David to determine response to 9/11 Iraq brought up several times

Pentagon paper for Camp David said 3 priorities in war on terror: Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iraq Joint Chiefs head Gen Shelton went over Afghanistan war plans and Iraq ones if necessary National Security Adviser Rice said US military should think about military action in other places in case Afghanistan went bad Opened up opportunity to bring up Iraq Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz was afraid Afghanistan would be a quagmire Said Iraq would be easy in comparison and 10-50% chance Iraq behind 9/11 Said US should go after Iraq if serious about war on terror CIA Counterterror Chief Black said Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 Wolfowitz said Iraq sent intel agents to Sudan and made alliance with bin Laden in 90s Black said he was Sudan station chief at time Said Iraq agents and bin Laden met but no alliance Bush said Iraq would be dealt with later Sec State Powell said Wolfowitz had no proof Iraq involved in 9/11 and was just using it for his Iraq agenda During break Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again with Bush After break Wolfowitz said that if US backed rebels in the south along with Kurds could seize all of Iraq’s oil Def Sec Rumsfeld asked if it was time to attack Iraq Powell objected saying it would cost international support Powell said US had to do Afghanistan first and would make Iraq easier if wanted to deal with it later Bush didn’t want to do more than one war at a time Later Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again Before lunch Bush said he’d heard enough about Iraq After lunch Bush asked each adviser for their ideas Powell said if US wanted to go after other states they would still be there after Afghanistan Powell said he was against attacking Iraq because US would lose coalition and confuse war on terror Rumsfeld said if hitting Iraq would cost coalition US needed a new coalition Chief of Staff Card said US should build up troops in Persian Gulf that could be used vs Iraq but then said case against Iraq had not been made Cheney said if US attacked Iraq would lose its good guy image in war on terror Did say Iraq would be dealt with later on CIA Director Tenet said Afghanistan should be focus Voted on issue with 4-0 against going after Iraq with Rumsfeld abstaining

(Musings On Iraq review Bush At War)

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

(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)

2001 Bush said he thought Iraq involved in 9/11 but told Rice it would be dealt with later

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

2001 UK Embassy in US warned that 9/11 would mean those in Bush admin that wanted regime change

would push their agenda more

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

2004 Around 1000 protested in Najaf demanding that Sadr and his aides leave the city

2004 Gen Chiarelli said that US would clear militias from Sadr City Didn’t happen

2006 US and Maliki govt announced new plan to cut weapons and bombs entering Baghdad with

checkpoints at entrances and trench around city

2006 Bush speech Said he was listening to his generals who said things were working in Iraq Privately Bush

had decided Iraq strategy not working and wanted new one

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

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

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

2006 Report US Army battalion expelled Special Forces unit working with Albu Nimr tribe in Hit Anbar

because felt Special Forces were not sharing information on their activities Shut down tribal outreach and recruitment into ISF

2006 Last 5 days 142 bodies found executed in Iraq

2006 Report Sept 02 Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri told CIA Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda Info was not given to

White House Sabri said that Iraq was working on nuclear and WMD programs and that was given to White House

2007 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi announced Ramadan offensive named after Zarqawi

2007 Sadrists withdrew from United Iraqi Alliance Claimed shut out of decision making and Maliki govt

didn’t investigate Mahdi Army-Badr clash in Karbala in Aug 07

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 GAO said Iraq met 3 partially met 4 not met 11 of 18 total benchmarks set by Congress for progress

during Surge

2008 Latest female suicide bombing as woman killing 22 and wounded 34 in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2015 Cabinet voted on law to cancel Vice Presidents

(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)

2018 Parliament elected Mohammed al-Halbusi former Anbar governor Speaker His al-Hal party was

accused of cheating in May elections and were reports he used bribes to attain the position

(Musings On Iraq Speaker Of Iraq’s Parliament Selected Amongst Controversy)

2018 Pro-Iran Hashd held demonstration in Basra City

2019 Health Min Alwan resigned over corruption and govt officials spreading misinformation

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