Saturday, September 18, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 18


1916 British leaders told troops to continue advance in Mesopotamia vs Ottomans after huge loss

at Kut One of biggest British defeats in WWI

1950 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq over Israel

1961 Iraqi Air Force bombed Barzan again while Zebaris attacked Barzani

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1980 Iran’s Foreign Minister rejected Iraq’s claim to Shatt al-Arab

1980 Saddam sent Tariq Aziz to Arab countries to argue Iraq’s case to back it against Iran

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1980 Iraqi artillery hit Iranian city of Abadan

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

1980 2 Iranian F-5 Tiger IIs fired upon Iraqi troops along the Iran-Iraq border and were shot down by

Iraqi anti-aircraft fire

1980 2 Iraqi divisions seized border posts in Iran’s Khuzistan province

1980 Iraq’s generals made final battle plans for invasion of Iran and set 9/22/80 as invasion date

1985 Iranian Op Al Quds 5 in Kurdistan ended with Iranian forces largely pushed back after Iraqi


(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 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)

1990 Iraq Army Chief of Staff Gen Khazraji told Saddam Iraq would lose any war with US Saddam

dismissed warning

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)

1994 UN Security Council reviewed sanctions Tariq Aziz said if UN agreed to UN Res 833 on Iraq-

Kuwait border oil embargo should end US said Iraq not fully complied with inspections No changes made

1995 Hussein Kamal interview with Time Said he defected to Jordan to help Iraq Said Iraq had been at war

too long since Iran-Iraq War Criticized Saddam for executions and arrests

1996 KDP attacked Kurdish displaced camp along Iranian border killing 11 wounding 30 during campaign

against PUK

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

2001 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent Natl Sec Adv Rice memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links


2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz wrote Def Sec Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists and might have been

behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing using conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s argument 

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

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

2001 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe Story was false

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told House Iraq close to acquiring materials for a nuclear bomb Said

going to war important decision and why Bush had not decided on it yet Said war would not be costly and would not last more than 2 years Said US would not occupy Iraq

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Bush At War)

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


(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

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

2002 CIA Paris Station chief met with Lebanese journalist who said Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri willing to

work with US Lebanese journalist told CIA Sabri said no WMD or nuke programs Station chief went to CIA HQ to tell about Iraq Sabri’s claims about WMD and nuke programs

2002 CIA’s Iraq Operations Group said Iraq Foreign Min Sabri’s claims WMD and nuke programs inactive

was disinformation

2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said he believed Iraq destroyed its WMD in 90s

(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)

2003 Report wave of kidnappings for ransom across Baghdad

2004 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it had kidnapped 2

Americans and a Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners

2005 Iraq draft constitution presented to UN Hussein Shahristani of United Iraqi Alliance read draft to

parliament without giving members opportunity to vote or debate it

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2005 UK General Brims reported 12 car bombs in Baghdad weekly casualties up 122% after Zarqawi

declared war on Shiites

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2005 UK arrested 2 Sadrist clerics in Basra city for involvement in bombings Led to confrontation with

Mahdi Army

2006 US turned over central Salahaddin to Iraq’s 4th Division Was second such handover to ISF

2007 Report Shiite religious parties in Basra city banned public parties selling music CDs in stores and

alcohol Criticized artists Put up signs telling women to cover themselves

2008 Iraqi army demanded Peshmerga withdraw from Jalawa Diyala after negating deal with Kurds to

allow them to remain in town Part of Maliki policy to pressure Kurds in disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between Baghdad and Kurds Turns Hot)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2008 Report PM Maliki formed Tribal Support Councils in Babil Karbala Maysan Basra ISCI claimed

these were not about security but Maliki building support before 09 elections

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 Report Norway investigated insider trading involving KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami

and DNO that had oil contract in KRG Oct 08 DNO sold 43 mil shares for $29.7 mil to Genel Energy with Hawrami acting as middleman

(Musings On Iraq Oil Scandal Hits Kurdistan)

2012 Cabinet approved new oil export-revenue sharing deal with KRG

2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit Maysan Basra Diyala

over reforms

2018 Kataib Hezbollah threatened to overthrow next govt if it didn’t respect the sacrifices of the Hashd

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

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