Wednesday, October 6, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 6


1915 Sir Percy Lake new Chief of General Staff in India said UK must take Baghdad because

it would be turning point in war in East

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

1920 UK military relief column headed towards Samawa that was under siege Attacked by rebels

but drove them off during 1920 Revolt

(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

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

1958 Mustafa Barzani returned to Iraq from exile in Soviet Union for talks with new Qasim govt

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

1973 Yom Kippur Arab-Israeli War began Iraq would deploy forces to Syria

1980 Iraqi army surrounded Khorramshahr Iran Street fighting began Iraq bombed Esfahan and Qom in


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

1980 Iranian air force sunk ships to block Shatt al-Arab waterway to Persian Gulf

1982 Iranians withdrew outside Mandali Diyala Ended Op Muslim ibn Aqil Iran lost 6,000 dead 15,000

wounded Iraq lost 2,000 dead Iran only gained 1.8 mil strip of Iraqi territory in Diyala

1986 Iraq air strike on Kharg Island Iran oil terminal Only did minimal damage

(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 Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

(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 Tariq Aziz met with Sec State Baker in Washington Accused US of hostility towards

Iraq Claimed US agencies were destabilizing Iraq Aziz asked for more US credit Baker agreed to $500 mil credit

1990 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Schwarzkopf given first draft of Kuwait war plan He was unhappy with it

and asked for more options

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 2: Operation Desert Storm and the Coalition Liberation of Kuwait 1991)

1991 Clashes between Kurds and Iraqi army in Kalar

1994 Iraq put troops on Kuwait border and threatened to stop working with UN weapons inspectors Was

meant to pressure UN to end sanctions

(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 The Saddam Tapes)

1997 UN inspectors report Some progress on chemical and missile programs but nothing with biological

weapons Iraqis had also banned inspections at presidential sites

(Musings On Iraq Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

1997 IAEA provided last report on inspections Said if any info was left on Iraq’s nuclear program was a

political decision

1998 Inspectors report to UN Iraq had blocked disarmament and was now attempting to block monitoring


(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

2002 Bush said Iraq could have a nuclear weapon in a year if got enriched uranium

(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)

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

2002 Dep Nat Sec Adv Hadley asked CIA Dir Tenet if story of Iraq trying to buy uranium from Niger

could be put back in Bush speech Tenet said no

2002 CIA told NSC to drop mentioning Iraq-Africa uranium story in draft of Bush speech for 2nd time

(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)

2003 1st battalion of Mahdi Army graduated in Basra

2003 Iraq produced 4,518 megawatts of electricity exceeding CPA target by 118 megawatts

2004 Iraq Survey Group report said Iraq’s WMD destroyed in 1991 Said no plans to revive programs

when US invaded in 03 Said Saddam wanted to restart WMD programs after sanctions ended Iraq tried to tell west it didn’t have WMD while also hinting that it still did to deter Iran WMD was aimed at Iran Iraq issued 1300 oil vouchers under Oil For Food Program that netted $11 bil in illegal funds 1990-03 Russian oil companies Lukoil Gazprom Zarbuezhneft Sibneft Rosneft Tatneft got 30 % of oil vouchers

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

2004 Bush said Iraq didn’t have WMD stocks US intel thought but invasion still right because Saddam

wanted them

2004 Fallujah leaders offered to create joint security force for city made up of Iraqi National Guardsmen

and local US and Allawi govt rejected offer

2005 PM Blair said new EFps being used in Iraq that pointed to Hezbollah or Iranian involvement

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

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2005 Bush said there was no peace in Iraq without victory and that US would win At time US had no

strategy to win war

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

(Musings On Iraq review Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

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

2006 Bush told PM Maliki had to ignore news coming out of US because domestic politics Maliki said he

couldn’t ignore US news like talk about dividing Iraq or immediate withdrawal Maliki told Bush he was going to push reconciliation fighting terrorism and militias

2006 US Amb Khalilzad said US had acted arrogantly rebuilding Iraq Ignored Iraqis

2007 Sadr and Hakim announced truce after months of fighting between Mahdi Army and Badr topped off

by Aug battle in Karbala that left 250 casualties Didn’t stop fighting Deal brokered by Iran

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

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

2008 Report Christians Turkmen Yazidis said Kurdish parties blocked many of them from voting in 05


2008 Iraq said it would hold two rounds of auctions for its major fields covering 115 bil/bar of oil in 2009

Happened after attempt to sign quick oil contracts failed

2008 Maliki govt offered free bus and plane rides from Syria to Iraq for refugees

2010 Obama adm review of Iraq policy VP Biden said wanted Maliki to stay as PM and Obama agreed

(Musings On Iraq review The Unraveling, High Hopes And Missed Opportunity In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2015 Badr’s Amiri criticized Abadi’s reforms as full of mistakes and disorganized

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

2015 Teachers in Sulaymaniya and Halabja struck over unpaid wages

2019 Sadr City only area in Baghdad with protest ISF fired into crowd even using RPGs 12

killed Another TV station attacked Protest in Nasiriya broken up Major arrest campaign in city Qadisiya people shot at

(Musings On Iraq Govt Repression Working Against Iraq’s Protest Movement)

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

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

2019 Baghdad governor resigned over protests

2019 Interior Min spokesman claimed they had nothing to do with shootings of protesters

in Baghdad when they did

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi announced 17 pt program to deal with protests Included subsidized

housing for poor money for jobless job training mini-loans enlistment in army compensation for dead in protests

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