Saturday, October 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 2


1914 London told India to prepare to send ships and men to Shatt al-Arab and land troops in

Persia to protect oil interests

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In World War I, From Ottoman Rule to British Conquest)

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1918 UK War Office told cmdr in Mesopotamia Gen Marshall Turks would give up soon so British should

seize as much territory and oil as possible

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

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1980 Iran launched counterattack on Iraq’s northern bridgehead at Penjwin 1st of the war

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

1981 Iran bombed 4 hydroelectric power plants in Iraq

1982 Day 2 Iranian Op Muslim ibn Aqil between Qasr e-Shirin and Sumer in center Iraq used tear gas 1st

time to try to turn back Iranian human wave attacks Saddam went to front to urge on troops because Iranian attack could threaten Baghdad

(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)

1989 US NSDD26 said US would try to improve relations with Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

1990 Report German companies built facilities and provided agents for Iraq’s WMD

program in 1980s Germany denied it helped with weapons Iraqi front companies bought equipment in Europe

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

1992 UN Res 778 authorized Iraq oil revenues to be deposited in UN controlled bank until sanctions


2001 Badr met with Barzani again Asked about US intentions in Iraq Barzani said US was thinking of

invading Iraq after Afghanistan Barzani was worried about Turkish involvement in any invasion Barzani said that US would only support pro-US parties and they would take control after Saddam Badr asked to open office in Irbil

(Musings On Iraq Early Report On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2002 Summary of main points Natl Intel Estimate released Said Iraq rebuilding nuke and WMD programs

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

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

2002 Iraq called UK’s weapons dossier propaganda and lies

2002 Bush appeared with Democrats and Republicans calling on Congress to pass use of force resolution

on Iraq

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


2002 Bush said that Iraq had WMD stocks rebuilding programs Working on nuclear programs

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

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

2002 NYT article quoted Defense Policy Board’s Perle that CIA was anti-INC and it provided best intel on


2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate CIA had no sources inside Iraq since 1990s

2002 CIA Dep Dir McLaughlin told Senate UK had stretched story Iraq tried to buy uranium

from Africa Said low chance Iraq would use WMD Would only use them if attacked Said low chance Iraq would use terrorists against US unless America attacked Iraq 

(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)

2002 Undersec Def Feith memo Said exiles should organize a conference to create bill of rights for Iraq

before war US wanted a federal system of govt US military would run Iraq after war and work with exiles

2003 Iraq Survey Group head Kay briefed Congress on interim report Said Iraq deception meant US always

uncertain about Iraq’s WMD Found no WMD but evidence of programs No nuclear program No mobile WMD labs Said Saddam never gave up ambitions to have WMD Said that Iraq’s WMD stocks looked like they were destroyed in 1990s after Gulf War Said secret WMD programs were hidden in Iraqi intelligence services for assassinations Said Iraq had produced banned missile types

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

2003 CIA Dir Tenet and Deputy Dir McLaughlin reluctant to accept Kay’s findings Argued over WMD

stocks being destroyed aluminum tubes which were for rockets and mobile WMD labs that didn’t exist

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

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

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

2003 White House called CIA Asked why finding no WMD could’ve been buried in Kay’s report instead

of being first 

2003 Iraq Survey Group Head Kay’s testimony led White House to change message from Iraq had WMD

stocks to WMD programs being the threat that justified war

2003 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez said insurgency had evolved and gotten more deadly

2003 NatSecAdv Rice created Iraq Stabilization Group to help run postwar Iraq without consulting with

rest of govt Bush had given Pentagon control of postwar Iraq so NSC’s group had no authority

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2004 Bush said Zarqawi travelled to Iraq before 03 invasion Killed USAID official Foley in Jordan Said

that proved Iraq was a threat because it had WMD and was connected to terrorist networks like Zarqawi’s

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

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

2004 Hundreds of Kurds marched in Kirkuk city demanding independent Kurdistan and Kirkuk as its


2005 Parliament ruled no vote on constitution would be based upon actual voters not registered ones to

diminish Sunni ballots against document Sunni politicians complained that change in how votes counted would make it harder to reject draft constitution

(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)

2005 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Congress he was optimistic about Iraq war

2005 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told Congress 1/3 of 119 Iraqi army battalions could operate with some

US aid

2005 Pres Talabani asked PM Jaafari to step down Complained Shiites were dominating govt Accused

United Iraqi Alliance of not giving Kurds govt positions neglecting ministries run by Kurds not dealing with Kirkuk

2007 NatlSecAdv Rubaie told SecState Rice US had to tell Sunni politicians they couldn’t play politics

and violence at same time Said PM Maliki would take care of Sadr and Mahdi Army

2007 United Alliance told US to stop sahwa program Claimed some were terrorists killing and kidnapping


2007 Hamas in Iraq accused ISI of beheading civilians for violating its fatwas Condemned ISI’s chlorine

attack upon Amiriya Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2009 Report PUK fired hundreds of members of peshmerga and security forces for voting for Gorran

2009 Report Basra governor said when he was elected he would make province like Dubai Now said

no money for infrastructure Couldn’t attract investment Unemployment up

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

demanding reform

2017 PM Abadi said he would not talk to KRG unless it cancelled referendum results

(Musings On Iraq Fighting Breaks Out Between Federal Forces And Peshmerga In Salahaddin And Kirkuk)

(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 Abadi govt announced foreigners in Kurdistan could fly out of country via Baghdad even if didn’t

have federal visa

2017 Joint Iran-Iraq military drill started along KRG border in response to independence referendum

2017 PUK’s Hero Ibrahim Ahmed said that Kurds were paying the price for the wrong decision to hold

independence referendum

2017 Gorran called for new Kurdish leadership council to be disbanded Said that referendum had created

another political crisis for KRG

2018 Parliament elected Barham Salah new president Salah picked Adel Abdul Mahdi as future premier

Iran tried to block Salah’s election but failed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Throws Out Rules And Convention To Elect President And Name Premier Designate)

2019 Protests expanded from 10 to 13 provinces in Baghdad Babil Basra Dhi Qar Diyala Karbala Kirkuk

Maysan Muhanna Najaf Qadisiya Salahaddin Wasit Govt buildings in Babil Dhi Qar Maysan Najaf along with offices of Badr Dawa Supreme Council Asaib Ahl Al-Haq burned 8 protesters and policeman killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s October Protests Escalate And Grow)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

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