Sunday, December 12, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 12


1922 Sir Herbert Samuel proposed UK create Arab state of Iraq Hijaz Palestine Trans-Jordan

maybe Najd Samuel believed Arab state would contain pan-Arabism and contain fears of increased Jewish presence in Palestine

1932 Shiite leaders told Yasin Hashemi they would back him for PM if they got majority of cabinet


1969 Pres Bakr said no foreign agent of saboteur would remain in Iraq during show trials

and executions in Baghdad Meant to rally support for regime

1973 Govt offered new autonomy plan for Kurds but rejected by Mustafa Barzani and KDP

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

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

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

1981 Iranian Op Matla al-Fajar attacked Qasr e-Shirin area in center across from Diyala Took Geilan

Zarb and Sar e-Pol e-Zahab

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

1983 Iraq fired missiles at 6 Iranian cities killing 24 and wounding 283

(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)

1983 Dawa members including Abu Muhandis working for Iran set off 5 bombs at US and French

embassies and other targets in Kuwait killing 6 wounding 80 Was retaliation for US and French air attacks in Lebanon

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

1996 Uday Hussein seriously injured in assassination attempt in Baghdad by Nahdah opposition group

Wasn’t released from hospital until June 97

1998 UN inspections were called off due to Iraq non-cooperation

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

2001 Gen Franks briefed Def Sec Rumsfeld on invasion preparations and estimated costs with start time in

spring 2002

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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


2003 US Special Forces captured Mohammed Musslit who led them to Saddam

2003 CPA adv Diamond told Natl Sec Adv Rice that US should include UN in CPA’s plans to create

            new Iraqi govt Could alleviate Sistani’s demands for elections

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

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

2003 Pentagon audit found Halliburton overcharged $61 mil for delivering fuel to Iraq

2003 US guards at Abu Ghraib prison took pictures of themselves abusing Iraqi prisoners

2005 DIA report Insurgents recruiting networking training in Iraqi prisons Could be more dangerous

after release

2005 Def Sec Rumsfeld told US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey and US Iraq Amb Khalizad insurgents networking

in Iraqi jails

2005 Report early 05 Islamist insurgents met with Al Qaeda in Iraq asking for a joint command Al

Qaeda in Iraq said no wanting control

2005 2nd meeting of Anbar Gov Alwani sheikhs and US Focused upon how to secure province

Decided creating police would be foundation of effort

(Musings On Iraq Anbar Before And After the Awakening Pt X, 2005-09 Governor Mamoun Alwani)

2005 Anbar security council met with Gen Casey and Def Min Dulaimi Council rejected Al Qaeda in Iraq

agreed to work with Baghdad and US Agreed to recruiting tribesmen into ISF

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2006 Report US pushing for new ruling coalition that would exclude Sadr Would include Kurds

Accordance Front ISCI PM Maliki was standoffish because Sadr put him in office and was afraid new coalition would replace him as PM

2006 Bush told NSC he was not going to announce Surge until Jan 07 Wanted new Def Sec Gates in


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

2006 American Enterprise Institute released report on war by Frederick Kagan, Kenneth Pollack,

Gen. Keane Called for troop surge

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)

(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)

2006 Out going US ground forces cmdr Gen Chiarelli said Iraq couldn’t be won militarily Was frustrated

that was only thing US focusing on Said Iraqi police infiltrated more by militias then he thought and would take longer to remove them Said bringing down unemployment in Iraq should have been a US priority

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2006 Car bomb in central Iraq targeted day laborers killed 71 and wounded 236

2007 3 car bombs in Amara killed 42 and wounded 125 Sadrist-ISCI rivalry suspected cause

2008 Senate Armed Service Comm report blamed Def Sec Rumsfeld and other Bush admin officials for

Abu Ghraib prison scandal Rejected White House claim torture was necessary for national security Rejected Rumsfeld’s claims his orders on enhanced interrogation had nothing to do with Abu Ghraib

2009 Iraq ended 2nd auction for international energy companies to invest in oil fields 4 more bids

accepted for total of 7 Oil Min Shahristani claimed Iraq could reach 12 mil/bar/day in capacity in 6 yrs Would reach a quarter of that mark

(Musings On Iraq Will New Oil Deals Provide Jobs For Iraqis?)

(Musings On Iraq 2nd Round of Bidding On Iraq’s Oil Fields Ends As A Success)

2009 PM Blair said he would still have removed Saddam without WMD and that Saddam was a threat to

world no matter what

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

(Musings On Iraq Hans Blix Replies To Tony Blair)

2009 PM Maliki questioned by parliament over Baghdad bombings starting in August MPs complained

about lack of coordination by ISF

2011 Nat Sec Adv Fayad announced NATO training mission would end close of 2011 because govt

would not grant trainers immunity

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Rejects NATO Trainers)

2012 Diyala council voted to hold a referendum on turning province into a region in response to

            Maliki govt

2013 Iraq signed $1.1 bil deal to buy 24 FA-50 light fighter jets from South Korea

2013 Parliamentarian called on govt to stop blockading Tarmiya Baghdad Said town had been on

lockdown for over a week

2013 Sheikh Dulaimi assassinated north of Ramadi in spate of attacks against Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

2020 Pro-Iran group fired mortars at Baghdad International Airport

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Dec 8-14, 2020)

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