Monday, December 20, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 20


1974 Govt secretly tried 25 Shiite leaders and executed 5 of them after religious pilgrimage

turned into protest against Bakr govt

1983 Reagan envoy to Middle East Rumsfeld met with Saddam as part of new US policy to

back Iraq in Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

2001 NYTimes article with INC defector Haideri Claimed he went to 20 WMD sites Haideri’s

claims used in CIA DIA White House reports Labeled fabricator by DIA May 02 but his story continued to be used Haideri never saw WMD Later said he made up story because INC told him to

2002 IAEA inspectors said Tuwaitha facility involved in civilian nuclear research not involved in

weapons program

(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 CIA blocked UN Amb to UN Negroponte mentioning Iraq-Niger uranium deal in speech to

Security Council

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

2004 Bush said he expected violence to increase before Jan 05 elections

2005 Sunni leaders including Tariq Hashemi met with US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey Expressed anger at

election result Couldn’t accept fact Sunnis minority Claimed massive voter fraud by Shiites

2006 US military turned over Najaf 3rd province to Iraqi forces

2006 Report Ayatollah Sistani backed creation of new ruling coalition behind PM Maliki that would

exclude Sadr Orchestrated by US Maliki opposed idea afraid that new coalition would oust him

2006 Bush said that US not winning but not losing in Iraq November he said US was absolutely

winning New line came from his military advisers

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

2007 Report Govt bus program to return refugees from Syria only lasted 2 trips Sunni refugees/displaced

afraid to sign up with govt for aid out of fear of retribution No process to handle property disputes after forced displacement

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

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

2009 Iran said it withdrew its troops from Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in Maysan it occupied 2 days later

but Iraqis said they were still on Iraqi territory

(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)

(Musings On Iraq Disputed Oil Field Leads To Flare Up Between Iraq And Iran)

2009 Fmr dep Transportation Minister got 8 years in jail for taking bribe

(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)

2011 VP Hashemi gave TV speech from Irbil denying terrorism charges against him

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

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

2011 3 car bombs hit checkpoints in Karbala during pilgrimage Killed 52 Wounded 203

2013 Sheikh Fahadawi’s house hit by mortars in Ramadi in spate of violence against Anbar notables

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

2020 Rockets fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone Some missiles fell short and wounded a U.S. soldier

Would lead to arrests of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Dec 15-21, 2020)

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