Monday, December 13, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 13


1916 British made diversionary attack at Sannaiyat and took Hai in offensive to retake Kut from Ottomans

1920 Churchill argued at cabinet meeting that British should withdraw to Basra province to save money in


(Musings On Iraq Churchill In His Own Words On Mesopotamia/Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

1952 Army withdrawn from streets to put down protests

1994 KDP and PUK went back to war ending shortlived ceasefire over argument over tax collection

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

1997 Assassination plot against Saddam foiled Was planned by fmr Iraqi intel head in Syria using

            Iraqi soldiers

1998 Head UN inspector Butler went over draft of his report to UN with White House so that it could

be revised Clinton wanted report harsher on Iraq

(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)

1998 Clinton went over strike plans for Operation Desert Fox with Natl Sec Adv Berger

(Musings On Iraq How Operation Desert Fox Finished Off Iraq’s WMD Programs)

2002 UK intel report said US invasion and occupation of Iraq could help motivate Islamists for

next 5 years

2002 Bush said military would have small pox vaccinations Was actually protection against possible

Iraq WMD attack during invasion

2003 US forces captured Saddam outside Tikrit US believed Saddam leader of insurgency and

this was turning point Was wrong

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 9 Down The Spider Hole, October-December 2003)

2003 Fmr Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in 2001

2003 RPGs fired at US forces during protest in Fallujah US fired into crowd 3 Iraqis killed

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

2004 PM Allawi blamed CPA disbanding military for rise in violence in Iraq

2004 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in 2001 Story false

2005 NSC drafted 10 guidelines for putting together new permanent Iraqi govt Included competent

ministers not connected to Iran or Syria

2005 Border police seized Iranian tanker truck full of fake ballots for Dec election Driver claimed

other trucks had come across from Iran with ballots

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2005 US negotiated ceasefire started with insurgents before Dec 15 parliamentary elections

2006 Bush met with Joint Chiefs Said Iraq War not going well Join Chiefs objected to surge idea

saying troops needed for other threats like NKorea Bush told Joint Chiefs he was going to have a troop surge despite their objections

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

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

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

2006 Bush said that he would push PM Maliki to reach out to Sunnis

2006 VP Hashemi in US said he talked to Bush about new Iraq strategy and backed surge idea Said

US wanted to help create new coalition behind PM Maliki

2006 Speaker Mashadani responded to PM Maliki’s plan to have Iraqi forces take over security of

Baghdad Said it would only give militias control of city

2006 Report Saudi King Abdullah told VP Cheney at end of Nov 06 that Saudis would back Sunnis

            vs Shiites if US withdrew

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

2007 Report on returning refugees in Baghdad Sunnis complained govt only helped Shiites Many found

homes destroyed Neighborhoods changed with sectarian cleansing

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

2007 Al Qaeda in Iraq’s security emir for northern Iraq and the emir for security in Mosul captured in the


2013 Sheikh Shorka house hit by two bombs in Jazeera in spate of violence against Anbar notables

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

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