Tuesday, September 21, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 21


1965 Coup plot by PM Razzaq discovered He fled to Egypt Pres Arif purged 3,000 Baathists

from govt afterward

1965 Abdul al-Bazzaz became premier of Iraq

1966 PM Talib said he would follow through with ex-PM Bazzaz’s 12 point program with


(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)

1968 Provisional constitution drafted by three jurists and presented to Pres Bakr Included return of


1980 Iraq letter to UN outlined steps it took to try to work out outstanding issues with new revolutionary

govt in Iran

1990 Revolutionary Command Council said it would not retreat from Kuwait and was ready for mother of

all battles

(Musings On Iraq review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)

2001 1st CIA report on Iraq and 9/11 found no connection but two had contacts in 1990s Said didn’t think

9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intel officer in Prague in 2001 Bush was briefed on findings

2001 DIA analyst at Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans on CIA report Said info good but findings of no

Iraq-Al Qaeda ties should be ignored

2001 Under Sec of Def Feith sent DIA criticism of CIA report that there were no Iraq-Al Qaeda ties to Dep

Def Sec Wolfowitz and Def Sec Rumsfeld

2001 CIA Dir Tenet told Bush CIA Czech office questioned whether 9/11 hijacker Atta met Iraqi intel

officer in Prague Story false

2001 Admin officials told Wash Times Saddam talked with bin Laden just before 9/11

(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


2001 INC provided Iraqi defector claimed Iraq was training terrorists to take over airplanes

at Salman Pak Baghdad Had been dismissed by US intel because he claimed he fled Iraq because he was tortured but he had no marks on his body Story proved false

2002 NY Times article said Bush received detailed Iraq war plan

2003 French Pres Chirac called for US to immediately hand over sovereignty to Iraqis

2003 Report mid to low level Baathists being assassinated in Baghdad

2003 Iraqi Governing Council said they were under increasing attack after 1 member ambushed and shot in


2003 Under Sec Def Feith wrote memo calling for early return of sovereignty to Iraq and giving power to

Iraqi Governing Council

2004 Head of Fallujah Shura Council Janabi said city didn’t need Zarqawi to defend it Differentiated

between resistance vs occupation and Zarqawi who led terrorists Janabi said that resistance wasn’t about killing innocent Iraqis and Zarqawi had harmed the insurgency and cost it support

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2005 Anti-occupation demonstration by police in Basra City after Sep 19 battle between UK troops and

police and Mahdi Army

2005 Basra council voted for non-cooperation with British forces in province until compensation paid for

casualties in Sep 19 battle between UK troops and police and Mahdi Army  

2005 Sec State Powell wrote PM Blair saying Coalition facing strategic failure and perhaps defeat in Iraq

Could withdraw in 2006 and hand over responsibilities to Iraqi govt not up to task or change strategy by reaching out to Sunnis Found Sunnis willing to reconcile Continue to fight insurgency Integrate military and political operations Back new Iraqi govt and then withdraw

2006 US Cmdr Iraq Gen Casey said war shifting from insurgency against US to war between Iraqis for


2006 US military turned over Dhi Qar 2nd province to the Iraqi forces

2006 US and Iraqi forces conducted raids on Sadrists in Najaf and Baghdad Arrested Najaf spokesman

Sheikh Salah al-Obaidy Mahdi Army mobilized in Najaf in response

2006 UN reported 3,590 civilians killed in Iraq in July and 3,009 in August

2007 Mahdi Army commander assassinated in Baghdad’s Washash neighborhood Militia retaliated killing 5-

20 Sunnis and driving 30 Sunni families out Violence continued into next day

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2008 Kurds made another deal with PM Maliki to evacuate govt buildings in Khanaqin dist Diyala Maliki

was attempting to pressure Kurds and assert control of 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 Sheikh Hayes Sheikh Abu Risha Sheikh Sulaiman formed Anbar Salvation Council to run in

09 elections Was Awakening sheikh’s attempt to gain political control of Anbar from Islamic Party

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2013 Elections for Kurdish parliament held

2014 IS captured Saqlawiya and Sjar, Anbar

2017 Ana in west Anbar freed from IS while Shirqat in northern Salahaddin and Hawija in south Kirkuk

attacked by Iraqi forces

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