Tuesday, December 7, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 7


1914 UK made 2nd attack on Qurna, Basra forcing Ottomans to retreat Los around 200 killed

130 taken prisoner UK lost 10 killed 118 wounded

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

1931 PM Said gave opposition leader Pachachi of Iraqi National Party ministership Pachachi expelled from

party He then joined Said’s al-Ahd party

1958 Plot against Gen Qasim by fmr PM Rashid Ali al-Gailani announced as foiled

1980 Saddam announced that Iraq was going on the defensive in the Iran-Iraq War Saddam thought

he could seize Khuzistan province leading to revolt against Khomeini govt but didn’t happen Thought Iran would negotiate new border agreement Failure to take Dezful or Abadan meant Iranian supply lines intact and could regroup

(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 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(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)

2002 TV speech Saddam apologized to people of Kuwait for 1990 invasion

2002 Iraq gave its WMD and nuclear weapons declaration to UN as part of new inspections claiming

it had no WMD

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

2002 Iraqi general claimed weapons declaration proved Iraq had no WMD

2002 US and UK condemned Iraq’s weapons declaration as being incomplete and for denying it had WMD

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

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

2002 VP Cheney told NSC Iraq’s weapons declaration was a material breach and Bush should move

towards war Cheney said Sec State Powell and UN wanted to use inspections to avoid war with Iraq Def Sec Rumsfeld and Natl Sec Adv Rice didn’t think Iraq’s weapons declaration was a material breach

(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)

2003 Gingrich went on offensive against CPA saying US should’ve given over sovereignty to Iraq

early on like in Afghanistan

2003 Report US forces using collective punishment Blowing up homes of suspected insurgents

Putting barbed wire around towns

2004 Number of US troops killed in combat in Iraq reached 1000 after soldier shot in Baghdad

2004 Report Nov 04 CIA said security deteriorating Iraqi govt had to assert authority and rebuild


2005 KDP attacked PUK offices in Dohuk Zakho Amedia Shaklaca Kadash Sedarash Akre 3 killed including

a KDP candidate KDP followers set PUK office in Dohuk on fire wounding 21

2007 Gen Petraeus praised Sadr’s ceasefire for helping to reduce violence in Baghdad Said US in talks with

            Sadr movement

2007 Pentagon audit couldn’t account for 86% of $1 bil in purchases for training and supporting ISF

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

War, 2003-2006)

2007 UN warned parts of Iraq too dangerous for refugees to return Aug-Nov 07 125,000 refugees had

returned from Syria but 97,000 had left Iraq Iraq govt was promoting returns with TV ads

(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)

2007 US proposed job program for Sahwa since Maliki govt reluctant to fulfill promise to hire them

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

2008 Qadisiyah Gov told Marines to shut down Sahwa in province on orders of PM Maliki Sahwa were

meant to counter militias Maliki saw them as political threat

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

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Gen Cross told PM Blair in March 03 Iraq invasion should be postponed due

to lack of postwar plans Cross singled out Intl Dev Min Short for not allowing her ministry to work on postwar plans

(Musings On Iraq Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Edward Chapli ex-UK Amb to Iraq 2004 Said Southern Iraq never got much

reconstruction money Said south felt neglected just like under Saddam Thought US ignored south because was secure

2013 Pro-Maliki Sheikh Hayes house mortared in Ramadi Nephew Sheikh Moahmmed al-Hayes

assassinated Sheikh Hayes blamed protesters Gave protest site 48 hours to turn over perpetrators or his men would storm the camp

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

2020 KDP PUK Change Kurdistan Islamic Group Kurdistan Islamic Union offices burned by

protests in Said Sadiq and KDP guard killed one demonstrator

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

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