Thursday, December 9, 2021

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 9


1914 Ottoman forces surrendered in Qurna, Basra 1,034 Ottomans taken prisoner End of 1st phase of

Mesopotamian campaign

1915 Ottomans began attack upon British at Kut Repulsed Kut would become one of greatest defeats for

UK during WWI

1958 Former PM Rashid Ali al-Gaylani arrested by Gen Qasim for plotting a coup Secret trial held

for those involved

1985 Saudis announced attempts at talks with Iran to end Iran-Iraq War failed

(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)

1991 Report US military opposed White House plans to overthrow Saddam Didn't think would work

1998 Iraq blocked 3rd inspection This one at Baath Party office believed to be hiding missile materials

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

(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 Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

2001 VP Cheney told NBC 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraq intel officer in Prague was pretty

much confirmed Story false Said Iraq hosting terrorists and developing WMD

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

2002 UK Foreign Office legal adv Sir Wood wrote paper saying UN Resolution 1441 did not

authorize war with Iraq

2002 UK Foreign Office officially asked Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith for legal advice on whether 2nd

UN resolution needed to use force against Iraq

2002 Blair ForPolAdv Manning MI6 head Dearlove met NatlSecAdv Rice Said start 03 US would go

to UN and argue for military action vs Iraq

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

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

2002 UN inspectors found Fallujah II chlorine plant out of service US listed it as WMD site

(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)

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

2003 Suicide Car bomb on Mosul camp wounded 41 US troops and 6 Iraqi civilians

2004 22 parties including Dawa SCIRI Sadrists INC announced formation of United Iraqi Alliance

for Jan 2005 elections Ayatollah Sistani helped form list to ensure Shiite rule

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

2004 Iraqi Islamic Party submitted 275 candidates for Jan 2005 elections Would be only major Sunni

party to participate

2004 Bush told families his govt was getting best equipment for US troops in Iraq after Def Sec Rumsfeld

downplayed complaints

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq statement said Shiites were supporting crusaders in Iraq Called Ayatollah

Sistani a collaborator Attacked Iraqi forces fighting in Fallujah Said that Kurds and Christians were working with the Shiites and called Iraqi Islamic Party hypocrites

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2004 UK intel report Iran supported resistance to occupation of Iraq no hard evidence Iran behind attacks

but likely was Said Iran backed elections while also violence of Iraqi militias

2005 Report Al Qaeda’s Libi’s intel about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties that proved false was acquired while he

was being tortured in Egypt Feb 02 DIA said they were skeptical of his intel while he was in Egypt Libi was highest level Al Qaeda member held by US at time Made statements about Iraq-Al Qaeda ties while in US custody but gave most detailed reports while in Egypt Those were later used by Bush administration in its case for war

2005 United Iraqi Alliance breaking up into factions after elections Complaints that it hadn’t

presented a vision for Iraq because not using qualified people

2006 After 3 Sunni families killed by Mahdi Army mass exodus of Sunnis began out of Baghdad’s


(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2006 Pres Talabani called US training program a failure Denounced plans to increase trainers as

putting ISF under foreign control

2006 NSC meeting US Cmdr Iraq Gen Casey told Bush PM Maliki agreed to go after militias that broke


2006 Report Chief Justice of Saudi Supreme Judicial Council was videotaped in govt mosque in

2004 calling on young Saudis to go fight US in Iraq because it was fighting Muslims

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

2007 Report Kurds squatting in Kirkuk city said they were told by Kurdish officials in 03 if they didn’t

move back to city they would have their govt aid and support cut

2008 Ukraine withdrew its forces from Iraq

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Sir Meyer UK Amb to US Said timetable for invasion decided before UN

inspectors went to Iraq Meant impossible to finish inspections before US would demand war Said US military told to be ready to invade Iraq by Jan 03

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Gen Viggers Sr UK military rep in Iraq 03 Said UK didn’t’ know much about

Iraq before invasion Hadn’t done research Said only planned for humanitarian crisis Speed of invasion caught Coalition by surprise Said no sense of direction for occupation

2013 Sheikh Issawi hit by sticky bomb in Ramadi dist in spate of attacks upon Anbar notables

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

2017 PM Abadi announced victory over the Islamic State

2020 Govt and Change offices burned in Chamchamal during protests

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

2020 Iraq devalued dinar to help deal with economic crisis

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