Thursday, December 2, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 2


1920 US Consul in Baghdad said England hadn’t taken any serious steps to create an independent Iraqi govt

1928 UK High Comm for Iraq Dobbs wrote conscription in Iraq would cause revolt Was already problem in

Basra Said authority of Iraqi govt depended upon British backing and military might

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Between the Two World Wars, The Militarist Origins of Tyranny)

1932 King Faisal speech praised his rule in Syria Said if he was still king Syria would be independent like


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

1948 PM Pachachi govt told oil companies they should not employ Jews after creation of Israel

1980 Saddam accused US of helping Iran during Iran-Iraq war

1981 Iranian Op Tariq al-Quds Revolutionary Guard began 1st human wave attacks in war in Bostan

Suffered heavy losses

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

(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)

2001 Sec State Powell said no reason to believe Iraq didn’t have WMD

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

2001 USA Today article said Iraq supported bin Laden when he was in Sudan in 1990s

2001 Ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said he believed Iraq involved in 9/11

2002 Bush VP Cheney Dep Sec Def Wolfowtiz gave speeches across US saying that Iraq would not

cooperate with weapons inspectors

(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 White House spokesman said if Saddam said he had no WMD proved he was lying if he said he

had WMD he violated UN resolutions

2002 White House spokesman said Iraq bought aluminum tubes for its nuke program 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 White House officials told US News & World Report they were making extensive plans for

postwar Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction’s “Hard Lessons” – Part I: Planning for Postwar Iraq September 2001 to May 2003)

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

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2002 UK issued dossier on human rights abuses in Iraq Amnesty Intl attacked report as

opportunistic and selective

2003 Dep Sec State Armitage said US should not oppose Ayatollah Sistani who was pushing for

elections for new Iraq parliament

(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)

2003 Bremer sent memo to Ayatollah Sistani Said agreed with his demand that constitution be written by

Iraqis but CPA plan for caucuses to pick interim govt that would then write constitution was best way forward

2005 Def Sec Rumsfeld told CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid and US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey CIA

found insurgents infiltrating Iraqi army in Anbar

2005 Gen Dempsey in charge of US training mission for ISF said 100 Iraqi army battalions 33 operating on

own 40 in the lead Said 27 Federal Police battalions on duty Said major problem was police were recruited locally and many were from militias

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

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

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

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

War, 2003-2006)

2007 Gen Petraeus and Gen Odierno met with PM Maliki PM agreed to 103,000 Sahwa 20,000-30,000

would be integrated into ISF US believed was step towards reconciliation Maliki got concession to end all Sahwa in south Iraq because he feared they would compete with Dawa

(Musings On Iraq review Surge, My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War)

2008 US and Iraqi officials met about Sahwa PM Maliki said he agreed with US organizing Sunni tribes but

southern Iraq off limits Said southern tribes could threaten Shiite parties Came after US Marines were organizing Sahwa in Qadisiyah to counter militias 

(Musings On Iraq Another Chapter In The Government’s Opposition To The Sons Of Iraq)

2008 Oil Min Shahristani demanded KRG void its oil contracts in return for deal to allow it to export


(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdish Oil Export Deal Collapses)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad-Kurdistan Rivalry Continues)

2008 Romania said it would keep its troops in Iraq until 2011

2008 European officials said PM Maliki had no real plan to help returning refugees Govt promised

money houses and schools but none of it happening

2011 Mobs attacked Christian and Yazidi businesses in several towns in Dohuk province

2018 Protest at West Qurna oil field in Basra led to clash with security forces

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