Tuesday, September 28, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 28


1915 British attacked Ottomans at Es Sinn with frontal attack Ottomans retreated at night

1917 2nd Battle of Ramadi started between Ottomans and British

1963 Damascus announced it would work to merge Syria and Iraq

1964 Barzani called conference of Kurdish notables to decry Ibrahim Ahmad-Jalal

Talabani and make him undisputed leader of Kurdish movement

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

1970 Ammash removed as VP Saikhli removed as Foreign Minister Saddam trying to eliminate possible


1980 UN Resolution 479 called for cease-fire in Iran-Iraq War Rejected by Iran

1980 Saddam offered ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Said he wanted Iran to recognize its rights to Shatt al-

Arab and the territory it seized in war Non-aggression and non-interference in internal affairs

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

1980 Saddam realized invasion was going slower than planned Iraqi forces hadn’t achieved any major

war goals yet

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

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

1980 Iraq reached Geilan Zarb across from Maysan Didn’t attack town waited for artillery to arrive next


1980 Iraq took Susangard and Bosan in Khuzistan without a fight Didn’t have forces to hold either Set up

observation posts around area

1980 1st time UN Security Council discussed Iran-Iraq War Iraq’s UN amb blamed Iran for war saying it

violated treaties and attacked Iraqi territory

1980 Muslim countries’ committee visited Baghdad to try to mediate Iran-Iraq War

1980 Soviet Tass news agency criticized Iraq invading Iran as undermining national liberation movements

in Middle East

(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)

1980 PM Begin said that Israel had supported Kurds

2001 After NSC meeting on start of Afghan war Bush said he believed Saddam was involved in 9/11 but

Iraq would be dealt with later

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

2001 Chalabi briefed DIA on INC defector Col Abu Zainab Qairy who said he saw Arab terrorists training

to hijack airplanes at camp in Salman Pak in Baghdad Meeting was set up by fmr CIA-Dir Woolsey False story

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2002 Bush radio address Said Iraq could launch a WMD attack upon US in 45 minutes

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

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

2002 US gave draft UN resolution to France Russia China on new weapons inspectors Gave 7 days for

Iraq to provide weapons declaration to UN 23 days to open all WMD sites Set up military bases for inspectors to work out of that would have no fly and no drive zones around them If Iraq failed to meet these demands UN member states were authorized to use all means to restore peace Were meant to make demands that Iraq would never comply with and justify war

(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)

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


2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice and Sec State Powell said that US had lots of new intel on Iraq’s WMD since 1998

when inspectors left in response to criticism

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice said were always questions about Iraq’s nuke program but no question it had


2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice on NBC said that US didn’t know how bad Iraq’s society was because Baghdad

looked so good Said US didn’t know what it was going to find in Iraq before invasion Admittal that US never looked at studies of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Rice: We Didn’t Know How Bad Iraq’s Infrastructure Was Because Baghdad Looked So Modern)

2003 Report DIA review found defectors provided by INC invented and exaggerated info about Iraq’s


2004 PM Allawi told Al Arabiya TV that govt had waited long enough on Fallujah and Iraqi forces would

help take the city

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

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

2004 US troops started operation to clear Samarra of insurgents before Jan 05 election

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 14 Fighting To The Elections, August-December 2004)

2004 PM Blair said intelligence on Iraq’s WMD was wrong but getting rid of Saddam was right

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

2004 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council issued 2 reports saying US invasion of Iraq would increase support

for Islamism and could lead to insurgency

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2006 UK Op Sinbad in Basra began focusing on police and reconstruction Didn’t get support of PM

Maliki who was against action vs militias

2006 Al Qeada in Iraq kidnapped brother of Sheikh Jassim and 3 tribesmen from Albu Soda and executed

them in Anbar Would lead tribe to turn against Al Qaeda in Iraq

2006 Gen Zahner deputy chief of staff for intelligence Multi-National Force Iraq said explosive found

with militias came from Iran

(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2006 Report UK Def Min think tank said that Iraq war radicalized disillusioned young Muslims and led

them to Al Qaeda War was recruiting tool for jihadist groups

2006 Report Around 240,000 Iraqis had registered as displaced Feb-Jul 06

2006 Report death squads mostly from Mahdi Army returned to Baghdad’s Ghaziliya after cleared by US

during Op Together Forward Iraqi police were letting militiamen back in

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

2006 Report US military complained about Maliki govt not allowing it to go after Mahdi Army in Baghdad

US said death squads were major problem with sectarian violence Aug and Sep US went after Mahdi Army commanders in Najaf and Baghdad and Maliki objected Maliki also cancelled planned US-Iraqi joint op to move into Sadr City Maliki had list of figures including Sadrists and Mahdi Army members US couldn’t arrest in Baghdad Govt spokesman Dabbagh said unfair to treat militias like insurgents Said US should go after insurgents first

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

2006 Report Maliki govt tried to send ISF units to Diyala US said they couldn’t until committed 4000

troops promised for Op Together Forward in Baghdad Diyala site of major sectarian fighting for control of province with ISF helping militias

2006 Report US intel officer said Mahdi Army splintering Said 6 militia leaders had broken away Sadr

appointed 4 different leaders to try to control militia in Basra

2006 InspGenIraqRecon report Baghdad Police College just completed a disaster 1 building had to

be shut down due to leaking pipes warped floors human waste flooding areas Was built by Parsons Corp that had series of corrupt and fraudulent contracts throughout Iraq since 2004

2008 InspGenIraqRecon report said Iraq had lost $16 bil in potential oil sales Jan 04-Mar 06 due to

insurgent attacks Even without those attacks Iraqi oil would be plagued by criminals oil smuggling and poor infrastructure

2008 ISCI Governor of Dhi Qar came out against establishing Tribal Support Councils there because seen

as tools of PM Maliki

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

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

2008 Investigation started in Mosul over killing 11 Christians which would lead to 1000s fleeing

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Bad Times For Iraq’s Christians)

2017 Iraq Pres Masum said that KRG referendum was constitutional but separation of Kurdistan was not

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq War of Words Continues Between Baghdad and Irbil After KRG Referendum)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

2017 Pres Barzani said that cooperation between Irbil and Baghdad was important but Iraqi govt acting

recklessly and pushing Kurds away

2017 Turkey said it was suspending training program with Peshmerga over independence referendum

2020 Pro-Iran group fired rockets at Baghdad Airport Some fell short and landed on residential

area Killed 5 civilians and wounded 2

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State And Pro-Iran Groups Both Pick Up Attacks In Iraq In September)

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