Monday, November 8, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 8


1914 British troops after landing at Faw Peninsula Basra captured Ottoman Faw Fort

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

1918 UK Foreign Min official Sykes wrote proclamation that goal of war was to free all people under

Ottoman Empire and give them self govt

1920 British military entered Karbala and arrested rebel leaders during 1920 Revolt Karbala one of

centers of rebellion

(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)

1980 Saddam said Iraq was ready to withdraw from Iran if Tehran recognized Iraq’s rights to Shatt

al-Arab Iran refused

(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)

1990 Bush asked if he would use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait Wouldn’t answer the question Did

say there would be enough US forces for offensive action

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

1990 Sec State Baker met Gorbachev to win support for UN use of force resolution against

Iraq Gorbachev believed only threat of force would make Iraq withdraw

1990 Soviets said they wanted political solution to invasion of Kuwait but use of force vs

Iraq couldn’t be ruled out

1996 Report Baghdad was selling weapons to KDP in its conflict with the PUK

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

2001 NY Times article based upon 2 Iraqi defectors provided by INC One was Abu Zainab Qairy Both

said they worked at a terrorist training camp in Salman Pak Baghdad Said they saw Islamists and WMD produced to attack US Story released to coincide with INC defectors appearing on PBS Frontline Stories were false

2001 Frontline aired “Gunning for Saddam” Was full of conspiracies about Iraq being behind 9/11 and

arguing that it should be attacked Talked with Defense Policy Board’s Perle who said Saddam most dangerous man in world because he could use WMD against US Included ex-CIA Director Woolsey who thought Iraq probably behind Al Qaeda and 1995 World Trade Center bombing Author Mylroie said Iraq behind Al Qaeda Interviewed INC connected ex-nuclear scientist Khidhir Hamza who said Iraq behind 9/11 and INC defector Khododa who claimed to have seen jihadists training with Iraqis in Salman Pak including taking airliners Said this was connected to 9/11 Khodada had been dismissed by US intel because he claimed he fled Iraq after he was tortured but he had no marks on his body

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2002 UN Resolution 1441 said Iraq was in violation of previous resolutions and authorized new

weapons inspections anywhere in Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Hangs Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

(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)

2002 UN Res 1441 was immediately interpreted in different ways France said it meant a 2nd resolution

was necessary to go to war UK said it was last chance for Iraq or it would suffer the consequences

2003 Red Cross withdrew most of its staff from Iraq after Zarqawi bombing

2004 2 Marine regiments started attack in 2nd Battle of Fallujah clearing northern section of city Zarqawi

and head of Mujahadeen Shura Council Janabi fled

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

2004 Sadr issued statement calling on Iraqi forces to not take part in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah

Association of Muslim Scholars also condemned the battle

2004 Battle of Mosul began as many insurgents had moved north to avoid Fallujah battle

2004 Def Sec Rumsfeld said most of Iraq stable with violence only in 4 of 18 provinces

2005 Another one of Saddam’s lawyers was killed in an ambush

2006 NatlSecAdv Hadley memo to Bush Said PM Maliki had good intentions Said Maliki either didn’t

know what was going on in Iraq was lying about it or didn’t have power to do what he wanted Asked whether Maliki was able to rise above sectarian politics Talked about ethnosectarian cooperation but was moving to consolidate Shiite control of state Asked if US and Maliki wanted same thing Said Maliki wanted to be a good leader but didn’t seem like he knew how Stopped raids against militias and encouraged raids on insurgents Removed good ISF commanders based upon sect Only listened to small group of advisers

2006 Bush announced Rumsfeld out as Secretary of Defense in large part because of Iraq

2007 Basra education director from ISCI escaped IED as Shiite factions vied for control of province

2007 ISCI controlled Karbala police chief accused Mahdi Army of 668 murders from 2004-07 including 62

police along with dozens of robberies and kidnappings Part of on going struggle between ISCI and Sadrists for control of south

2008 PM Maliki said he wanted constitution amended to give Baghdad more control over provinces

            Was aimed at Kurds and their control of disputed areas

2008 KDP and PUK said they were against PM Maliki creating Tribal Support Council in Kirkuk

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 Parliamentary election law passed expanding number of seats to 325

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Finally Does Its Job – Passes Election Law)

2012 US Treasury Dept designated Kataib Hezbollah a terrorist organization

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2016 Peshmerga freed Bashiqa Ninewa from IS

2018 Protest in northern Basra over jobs and services

(Musings On Iraq Protests Return To Iraq’s Basra After Having Failed To Achieve Goals During Summer)

2019 ISF still trying to break up protests at Um Qasr Port and Basra city 13-14 died total

(Musings On Iraq Govt Moving To Break Up Southern Iraq Protests)

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

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi’s spokesman said armed men fired on both protesters and security

forces in Basra

2019 Basra Ops Command said unknown forces fired at Basra protesters Basra police chief

denied that his forces fired at demonstrators

2019 ISF destroyed protest camps in Rifai Dhi Qar and Karbala city

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