Thursday, October 7, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 7


1920 UK forces defeated insurgents in Hindiya south of Hilla 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)

1944 Protocol of Alexandria signed that would lead to formation of Arab League Iraq was one of the


1959 Baathists made failed assassination attempt on Pres Qasim wounding him Saddam fled to

Syria and Egypt as a result

(Musings On Iraq review Socialist Iraq, A Study in Iraqi Politics Since 1968)

1959 Qasim began releasing pan-Arab officers he had jailed to move away from Communists

(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)

1973 Iraq nationalized shares of US oil company and Shell in retaliation for west support for Israel in

1973 Arab-Israeli War

1980 2nd day Iranian air force sunk ships to block Shatt al-Arab waterway to Persian Gulf

1983 France secretly flew 6 Super Etendard jets to Iraq Iran threatened France about the planes

1983 US report Iran turning tide in Iran-Iraq War and US already starting to tilt towards Iraq

(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 Saddam Tapes)

(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)

1991 Peshmerga executed 60 Iraqi soldiers captured in Sulaymaniya 50 people killed in fighting in


1991 Kurdish Front consisting of main Kurdish parties said it would combat the PKK

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

1998 Congress passed Iraq Liberation Act saying policy was to remove Saddam Opened up money to Iraq


(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

(Musings On Iraq short history of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq)

1998 Ex-Gen Downing and ex-CIA officer Clarridge drew up plan for Iraqi opposition trained by Special

Forces to seize territory in western and southern Iraq When Saddam attacked Iraqi opposition would lead to U.S. intervention and overthrow of govt

2001 Saddam condemned US invasion of Afghanistan saying it would only lead to more instability in


2001 Bin Laden video said he was fighting for Iraqis who had suffered under sanctions White House

would claim this was evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

2001 Weekly Standard’s William Kristol told Meet The Press biggest mistake of US was not

deposing Saddam during Gulf War

2002 Bush speech in Cincinnati outlined Iraq’s WMD and nuke threat to lobby for passage of

Congressional use of force resolution Said US tried containment sanctions inspections and Iraq still had WMD If Iraq didn't disarm US would do it Said Iraq great threat because of WMD and its history of aggression Said if Iraq got enriched uranium it could have a nuclear bomb in less than a year Said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for nuke program Claimed Al Qaeda and Iraq united in hatred for U.S. Had high level contacts for a decade Claimed Iraq had trained Al Qaeda in bomb making and poisons and Saddam celebrated 9/11

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

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

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


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

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

2002 CIA blocked Bush talking about Iraq trying to buy uranium from Africa in speech

2002 Italian contacted journalist about providing her with Iraq-Niger uranium deal papers that turned out

to be fakes

(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 CIA Director Tenet sent letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Said Iraq wouldn’t conduct terrorist

or WMD attacks upon US unless regime was threatened Wrote that there were high level Iraq-Al Qaeda ties going back a decade Iraq offered safe haven and non-aggression Iraq provided poison gas training to Al Qaeda Said Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq

2002 Intel officials complained to press saying White House claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties exaggerated

2002 Pentagon drafted 2 memos on postwar Iraq 1st said military would assume control of Iraqi govt

maintain security so rebuilding could begin and govt could restart 2nd memo said a military governor would run Iraq and appoint US specialists to run each ministry Didn’t say who would do this as invasion plan was to withdraw quickly Gen Franks said he would not run Iraq after invasion

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

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld said he knew nothing of NatSecAdv Rice creating Iraq Stabilization Group

at NSC Rumsfeld was told about NSC group but wanted to personally be in control of all Iraq decisions so opposed Rice’s move

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

2003 Australian Senate censured PM Howard for not proving his claims Iraq had WMD to

            justify sending troops to Iraq

2003 Turkish parliament okayed PM Erdogan sending Turkish troops to Iraq Governing Council opposed


2003 Major demonstration in Basra city when rumor spread not enough money to pay former soldiers

Protesters burned records to make payments British troops shot and killed a man

2004 Sec State Powell said Iraq Survey Group initial report proved Iraq wanted WMD and that

            it was a threat

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

2004 PM Blair claimed Iraq Survey Group report proved that Saddam wanted WMD

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

2004 Sadr offered to disarm Mahdi Army as part of peace deal with Allawi govt Wasn’t serious

2007 Gen Petraeus said Iran causing violence in Iraq by arming militias Said Iranian ambassador to Iraq

member of Iranian Revolutionary Guard

(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)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

2008 Armenia announced it was withdrawing its 46 soldiers Were deployed in Diwaniya Sent troops in Jan


2008 ISF arrested women in Baquba Diyala said to be recruiter for women suicide bombers

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2017 Clash between Hashd and Peshmerga in Kharabaroot Kirkuk as a result of independence referendum

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

2019 Protests in Sadr City and Diwaniya 15 killed night before in Sadr City as ISF used heavy weapons and

RPGs against crowds ISF claimed they were shot at in neighborhood Army admitted to using excessive force in Sadr City and were ordered out Organizers in Diwaniya said they would stop and see how govt dealt with their demands Activists in Dhi Qar said mass arrest campaign underway including journalists

(Musings On Iraq Are Iraq’s Protests Coming To An End?)

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

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

2019 Pres Salah gave speech criticizing shooting protesters and promised investigation

Also promised reforms and fighting corruption

2019 Natl Sec Adv Fayad claimed demonstrations plot to overthrow govt that failed and

perpetrators would be punished

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