Friday, December 17, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 17


1917 US consulate report Since British took Baghdad all trade cut off Businesses closed People out of work

1918 UK cabinet member Amery said Mesopotamia should be under British administration after war

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

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

1940 Regent called cabinet meeting telling them they lacked unity to run govt PM Gaylani rejected

Regent’s criticism and blamed problems on Foreign Min Said Later in day Regent asked Gaylani to resign He refused Pro-Said MPs criticized Gaylani PM asked Regent to dismiss parliament

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

1949 PM Ayubi ended martial law

1956 Foreign Min Nuri al-Said speech said Iraq had always fought vs Communism Zionism and France

Said Iraq was only country truly committed to pan-Arabism Criticized those that supported current Arab states because they were created by imperialism

1962 Student union members at secondary school in Baghdad that started strike attacked by Pan-

Arab students leading to riot

1969 Govt paper Al-Thawra said Kurds should join Arabs in liberation struggle Said Baath

could solve the problem Barzani responded positively to article

1981 Iraqi counterattack lost most of lost ground from Iranian Op Matla al-Fajar in central front

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

(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)

1992 Iraqi army moved north into Kurdish autonomous region claiming it was a military exercise

1997 Iraq banned UN weapons inspectors from presidential and sovereign sites

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

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

1999 UN Res 1284 created UNMOVIC as new Iraq WMD inspection regime Got rid of export oil

quotas and eased import restrictions under Oil for Food Program

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(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)

2001 Sec of State Powell said sanctions on Iraq should continue because it still had WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

2001 Iraqi defector Haideri provided by INC told CIA Iraq had secret WMD labs Labeled fabricator by DIA

May 2002 but his story continued to be used Haideri never saw WMD Later said he made up story because INC told him to

2001 Czech Intel said story of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in Prague didn't happen

2001 VP Cheney told NBC story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel was unconfirmed Story false

2001 White House said anthrax attacks in U.S. came from domestic sources not Iraq

2001 UN Resolution 1284 created UNMOVIC as new Iraq WMD inspection regime

(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 Sec State Powell hinted that US would reject Iraq’s weapons declaration to UN inspectors

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2002 CIA said that Iraq did not include trying to buy uranium from Niger and aluminum tubes in its

declaration to UN inspectors Niger deal never happened Tubes for rockets

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2002 US inspected warehouse in Benin where uranium headed for Iraq allegedly stored but found nothing

2003 Report Sunday Telegraph story that 9/11 hijacker Atta traveled to Baghdad in 01 was probably

false It was

2004 Bush briefed by DIA that insurgency was robust and strong and could lead to civil war without

reconciliation Said Syria financing militants

2006 Men in army uniforms kidnapped 42 men from Red Crescent HQ in Baghdad

2006 Insurgents shelled Taji in north Baghdad with mortars set up checkpoints and burned a

house to try to drive residents out

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2006 Insurgents took down 40 power towers from Baiji to Baghdad 42 towers from Baiji to Kirkuk

All lines from power plants in Musayib and Haditha to capital Part of campaign to deprive central Iraq of electricity

2006 Former Sec State Powell said US losing war in Iraq Questioned troops surge asking what would

be the goal Said US army being broken by long deployments to Iraq

2006 Fmr Electricity Min Samaraie fled Iraq to US after warrant issued for him over corruption

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector Gen for Iraq Reconstruction Bowen on corruption in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq interview with fmr anti-graft official Vincent Foulk on corruption in Iraq)

2007 Report Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was a fake played by actor and Masri real leader of ISI Was

misinformation spread by ISI to deceive US and Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2007 Maliki govt spokesman Daggabh said Iraq would need help of foreign troops for 10 years but

wouldn’t accept permanent bases

2007 Mar-May 07 Pentagon audit found couldn't account for 12,000 weapons and 2,100 generators in Iraq

US command in Iraq couldn’t protect money for ISF from waste and mismanagement

2007 Day after Basra turned over to Iraqi control Iraqi army officer said UK legacy was gangs corrupt

police open borders Said Baghdad was planning operation to rid Basra of death squads 14,000 of 17,000 police there linked to militias Christians being targeted by militias 

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2007 Report Basra police chief Gen Khalaf said British had left province in chaos with militias and gangs

2008 Denmark withdrew its troops from Iraq

2008 Mashadani resigned as speaker of parliament Claimed anti-Maliki forces wanted him out to hold

            no confidence vote

2008 Women Affairs Minister Samarrie said human rights abuses bad conditions mistreatment of women

            common in Iraqi prisons Authorities knew and did nothing

2011 Baghdad Ops Command announced arrest warrant for VP Hashemi on terrorism charges

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

2011 PM Maliki asked for no confidence vote against Dep PM Mutlaq

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

2011 18 Diyala councilmen along with governor fled Baquba for Kurdish controlled Khanaqin dist

due to militias sent by PM Maliki over making province a federal region to protest Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Push To Make Iraq’s Diyala Province An Autonomous Region Fades)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2014 Peshmerga began offensive to break IS siege of Mount Sinjar

2017 Head of Al Abbas Combat Division Zaidi criticized Hashd that were going to run in 2018

elections for violating Ayatollah Sistani’s wishes

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