Monday, December 6, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 6

1915 UK cmdr Gen Townsend sent his cavalry and transport south from Kut so would have fewer mouths

to feed Believed relief coming from Basra

1981 Iran freed Bostan strategic transportation center for southern Iran and forced an Iraqi retreat

Iraq lost 1500 dead 400 captured Iran lost 2500 dead 5000 wounded

(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)

1990 Iraq began issuing passports for Iranians to visit Shiites shrines in Iraq

1990 Saddam said he would release all foreign hostages held since invasion of Kuwait

2001 Letter to Wash Post by Senators McCain Lieberman and others said that Iraq had to be


2002 White House accused Iraq of hiding WMDs from UN 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 review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 Official US troop buildup for Iraq invasion began Wasn’t made public until Feb 03

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

2003 Bremer’s convoy attacked on Route Irish to Baghdad airport

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Bremer Natl Sec Adv Rice was trying to take over political file on Iraq

Didn’t agree but was ceding role to her

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2005 KDP followers attacked 4 offices of Kurdistan Islamic Union in Dohuk Killed 2 wounded

dozens for party withdrawing from Kurdish list KDP Dohuk governor claimed Islamic Union’s ideology led to attacks and he couldn’t stop them Beforehand Islamic Union called KDP admin in Dohuk corrupt and said election would be struggle between Muslims and nonbelievers Beforehand KDP attacked Islamic Union for helping Arabs against Kurds

2006 Iraq Study Group report issued Said Iraqis needed to eventually take over security Needed to

increases quantity and quality of Iraqi units Said US needed to increase its aid to Iraqi forces and move away from combat Called for all US combat brigades to be out of Iraq by start of 2008 Said US special forces should focus upon taking down Al Qaeda in Iraq Said US couldn’t have open ended commitment to Iraq Baghdad needed to set reconciliation goals and if not met US would cut aid

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

2006 Iraq Study Group found US military underreporting violence Standards were used to keep

incidents down Example IEDs not against US were not counted 1 day in July 05 U.S. officially reported 93 incidents Were actually 1,100 incidents that day

2006 Report Neoconservatives launched media campaign to discredit Iraq Study Group and

            support troop surge instead

2006 UK Intel report Said Sadr controlled majority of Mahdi Army Routinely attacked Coalition and Sunnis

Didn’t always follow Sadr’s orders but didn't mean they were breakaway units No organizational control of militia Acts of other militias usually blamed on Mahdi Army Sadr had to balance his desire for political power and using violence and militia Said other militias mostly responsible for attacks on UK in Basra Some of those militias trained funded supplied by Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Sadr accepted Iranian aid but didn’t trust Tehran Iran thought Sadr frustrating partner Sadrists joined militia for variety of reasons causing divisions

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2007 Basra police chief said he couldn’t secure the province after the British withdrawal at end of year

Said there were hundreds of police that didn’t answer to him and didn’t know who they answered to

2007 Report Surge and Awakening pushed insurgents out of Anbar and Baghdad into Mosul

including ISI War Min Masri

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

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

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

2007 Report PM Maliki announced 2008 as “Year of services” Promised $15 bil for rebuilding

2007 Report Insurgents forced out of Anbar and Baghdad to north Iraq Violence in Mosul

never changed during Surge Samarra and Baiji in Salahaddin and Muqdadiya in Diyala had increased insurgent activity Extorting businesses for finances

2012 US mediated withdrawal of federal and Kurdish forces from Tuz Kharmato and creation of local

security forces along disputed areas US-Baghdad-Irbil agreement on security forces in disputed areas only partially implemented

2019 US sanctioned Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Qais and Laith Khazali for orchestrating suppression of protests

and sectarian cleansing of Sunnis in Diyala Hashd leader Hussein Al-Lami for suppressing protests Businessman Khamis al-Khanjar for corruption

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq US Sanctions Iraqi Businessman Khanjar For Bribery And Supporting Iran)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

2019 Kataib Hezbollah blamed for shooting protesters in Baghdad’s Al-Khalani Sq and

setting fire to parking garage Up to 85 killed at least 130 wounded

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Carry Out Another More Deadly Attack Upon Baghdad Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq Kataib Hezbollah With Help From Security Forces Blamed For Friday’s Massacre Of Baghdad Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah) 


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