Sunday, December 19, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 19


869 Abbasid Caliph Muhtadi had to flee capital Samarra as Turkish troops looted palace Muhtadi confronted

troops calling for their loyalty and received it

(Musings On Iraq review when baghdad ruled the muslim world, the rise and fall of islam’s greatest dynasty)

1983 Reagan Special Envoy to Middle East Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad to try to improve

US-Iraq relations

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1998 Op Desert Fox by Pres Clinton to punish Iraq for ending cooperation with UN weapons

inspectors ended Iraq gave up rebuilding its WMD programs as a result

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

2001 Gen Franks made 3rd presentation to Rumsfeld of revised Iraq war plan

(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


(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2002 Blix and El Baradei told Security Council about initial weapons inspections Blix said Iraq had not

provided much new info Said 1 main problem was declared amounts of WMD produced vs what Iraq could’ve produced and 2 secret destruction of stocks Iraq’s claims and potential WMD production didn't match and had no proof of its secret destruction of stocks

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

(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)

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

2002 Sec State Powell and US Amb to UN Negroponte said Iraq in “material breach” of disarmament

obligations with its weapons declaration to UN

2002 Sec State Powell said Iraq bought aluminum tubes for centrifuges Were for rockets

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

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

2002 State Dept paper accused Iraq of active WMD programs rebuilding nuke program Not disclosing them

to UN Said Iraq weapons declaration to UN did not include it trying to buy uranium from Niger

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

2002 UK cabinet told Blair govt would declare Iraq in material breach of UN Resolution 1441 in Jan

because of its arms declaration

2002 France said it was up to inspectors not US to determine whether Iraq was hiding WMD

2002 Russia criticized US for not providing evidence to Security Council and inspectors of Iraqi

violations during inspections

2002 CNN/Time poll 63% of US respondents believed US war with Iraq was inevitable

2002 Gen Franks briefed Bush again on war plans Went over what could go wrong and lessons from

war game

2002 CIA had meeting on Curveball informant that claimed Iraq had mobile WMD labs German

office chief said Curveball seemed unreliable Analyst said Curveball claim of Iraq mobile WMD labs corroborated by another source Was an INC defector Deputy CIA Dir’s executive assistant said Curveball was credible Labs didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq The Story Of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

2003 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid briefed NSC Capture of Saddam wouldn’t end insurgent attacks

2004 Suicide bomber in Karbala killed 14 and wounded 30 and car bomb in Najaf killed 48 wounded


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

2004 30 insurgents attacked members of Election Commission on Haifa St Baghdad Dragged them

from car and shot them in street

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 15 – Transformation IN A Time Of War, January-April 2005)

2005 Adnan al-Dulaimi of Iraqi Accordance Front called for revote at polling stations where

violations were registered

2005 Salah al-Mutlaq of National Dialogue Front claimed there was voter fraud

2005 Amb Khalizad said couldn’t have sectarian Badr member run Interior Ministry

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation, War And Resistance In Iraq)

2005 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey said if US didn’t withdraw would increase Iraqi dependency Said had to

withdraw to win

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 18 – Defeated By Democracy, Winter 2005-2006)

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2006 NSC meeting Bush told PM Maliki agreed to new Baghdad security plan

2006 PM Maliki proposed Baghdad security plan to US Said he would support troop surge if US only went

after insurgents and not militias Said he would make a political deal with Sadr that would reduce Mahdi Army violence

2006 Report Lawyer that investigated Diyala said that torture widespread in police Police full of militias

Death squads operated with help of police Sunni and Shiite religious leaders tried to get local sheikhs to sign pledge to stop violence Baquba mayor said Shiites had mostly been expelled from city by Sunnis ISF did not protect Sunnis in province Deputy police commander in Diyala said politicians were constantly interfering in his work

(Musings On Iraq Diyala Province Backgrounder)

2006 Report insurgents and gangs taking down power towers to Baghdad Insurgents launching

campaign to deprive capital of electricity Gangs stripping towers of aluminum that they sell Electricity Min said Baghdad in crisis Mar 06 1-2 power lines to Baghdad down at one time Summer 06 6-7 lines down Fall 06 up to 12 power lines down July insurgents took down every power line to Baghdad in coordinated attacks across central Iraq

2007 West Point study of captured ISI docs Largest group of foreign fighters were Saudis 41% Most were

24-25 yrs old 43% students Strength of ISI was able to constantly draw upon young recruits

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

2008 Talabani proposed reforms to PUK at politburo meeting to address factionalism

2008 US arrested Iranian Quds Force member in Diyala 13th Iranian arrested or killed in Iraq

since October

(Musings On Iraq Iranians And Special Groups Forces Returning To Iraq)

2008 Report U.S. official said no deterrence in Iraq against corruption Many inspector generals were

banned from their own ministries intimidated and attacked Last head of Integrity Commission fled in 2007 due to threats Ministries could stop investigations

(Musings On Iraq interview with Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen on Iraq’s fight with corruption) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with former anti-corruption official Vincent Foulk)

2011 Arrest warrant for VP Hashemi issued forcing him into exile

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

2011 3 of VP Hashemi’s guards appeared on TV saying they were involved in terrorist attacks

2011 Report one of VP Hashemi’s guards had been arrested start of Dec on charges of building a car

bomb Guard confessed leading to 3 more guards and manager of Hashemi’s office to be arrested

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

2011 PM Maliki ordered Dep PM Mutlaq barred from entering parliament

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

2012 PM Maliki ordered arrest of Fin Min Issawi on terrorism charges Detained 10 of his bodyguards

1 yr after having warrant issued for VP Hashemi for terrorism 

2012 Pres Obama called Fin Min Issawi US Amb Beecroft visited Issawi US Embassy issued protest

to Iraq’s Foreign Min over warrant for Issawi

2012 Protests started in Anbar Salahaddin Adhamiya in Baghdad over warrant for Fin Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Targets Another Member Of The Iraqi National Movement In An Act Of Political Intimidation)

2013 Sheikh Mohammed al-Hayes’ house in Ramadi bombed in spate of violence against Anbar


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

2019 Report Hezbollah’s Kawtharani helping Iran Rev Guards Quds Force’s Gen Suleimani lobby Iraqi

leaders over new premier

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah Helping Iran Negotiate New Premier For Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

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