Thursday, January 27, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 27


1925 League of Nations Commission on Mosul arrived in province to protests Was to

determine who would get Mosul Iraq or Turkey Commission interviewed hundreds of locals and mapped economy land trade routes ethnicities

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

1948 Communists called for more protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty to try to topple govt Police opened fire

in Baghdad 300-400 killed and wounded Dep PM Baban 2 ministers Speaker of parliament 30 MPs resigned

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)

1948 Opposition called for end of Anglo-Iraq Treaty Dissolution of Parliament New elections PM

Jabr to resign

1948 Regent demanded PM Jabr resign Regent made radio broadcast calling for calm

1955 Radio Cairo called on King Faisal II to withdraw Iraq from Iraq-Turkey security agreement

Accused PM Said of turning over Iraq to Israel and imperialists

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq Under General Nuri, My Recollections of Nuri al-Said, 1954-1958)

1969 14 hung in Baghdad after show trial over alleged Israeli spy ring uncovered by Saddam 9 were Jews

Bakr govt declared execution day a national holiday and bused in people from around the country to watch After executions Bakr and other Baath leaders gave speeches to crowd against Zionist threat

1981 In response to demands from Iraq that it had lost air superiority to Iran at start of Iran-Iraq War

France started shipping first Mirage fighters secretly using plane painted in Jordanian colors

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1983 Saddam rejected offer by Iran to discuss 7 disputed areas but said was ready to talk about

ceasefire in war

1985 Iraq launched 1st large offensive in 2 yrs to try to take back Majnoon Islands Basra Deployed 2

corps Iraq gained bridgehead on island but Iranian reinforcements defeated operation

(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)

1998 Head UN inspector Butler quoted in NYTimes saying Iraq had enough biological weapons

and missiles to “blow away” Tel Aviv

1998 UN chief Annan demanded head UN inspector Butler apologize for NYTimes interview

which he did

2002 Gen Franks briefed Sec Def Rumsfeld on latest war plan Said Iraqi military degraded by sanctions

Wanted info campaign vs Iraq to start Franks claimed the more the US got involved against Saddam the less Iraqi people would support regime Franks had cut war plan to 150 days down from 7 months and 245,000 troops Franks wanted to cut timeline for war down to even less time

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

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


(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 Head UN inspector Blix told Security Council that Iraq cooperating with inspections but had

not accepted disarmament Blix asked what undeclared WMD items did Iraq have Asked did it illegally produce anything after 98 Blix said Iraq’s Dec WMD declaration had provided no new info and not answered questions Said were questions about Iraq’s production of anthrax VX gas and WMD bombs from Iran-Iraq War

(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 IAEA head El Baradei told Security Council IAEA had found no evidence of an active nuclear

program in Iraq Said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were probably for rockets not nukes

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

2003 Sec State Powell said Iraq was hiding its WMD

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

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 US intelligence said Blix would back off next declaration to UN on inspections because didn't

want to start war

2003 Some in White House believed Blix lying about inspections and could not be trusted

2003 Bush believed US stuck in inspection process and pushed him towards war

2003 CIA report said Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger in 1999 Said was uranium in warehouse

in Benin but was going to France not Iraq Niger story fake

2003 CIA Dir Tenet given copy of Bush’s State of the Union address that included claim that Iraq

tried to buy uranium from Niger Tenet didn’t read speech Niger story fake

(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)

2003 CIA Berlin chief said that Iraqi defector CURVEBALL was considered a problem by Germans

and they hadn’t confirmed any of his stories of mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claim That Iraq Had WMD)

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

2003 ORHA began contracting for supplies and personnel for post-war Iraq 2 months before invasion

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

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


2003 William Safire in NYTimes said Zarqawi went to Baghdad Then to Kurdistan to Ansar al-

Islam proving Iraq-Al Qaeda link

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

(Musings On Iraq review The Master Plan, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy For Final Victory)

2004 Ex-IraqSurveyGroup head Kay Iraq told UN in 1995 it had destroyed WMD and nuke

program but no one believed them

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

2005 Insurgents blew up school in Baghdad going to be used as polling station in Jan 05 vote Videotaped

execution of Iraqiya candidate Meant to intimidate voters

2006 Report shifting US reconstruction money to security meant 60% of water and 125 electricity

projects would not be finished

2007 Report more than 800 had volunteered for Anbar police due to Awakening in Dec 2006 Fmr

Anbar Gov Gaood MP Salah al-Mutlaq both said they opposed Awakening

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2008 Of roughly 100,000 Sahwa 9,000 were signed and screened to join the ISF Was far below what govt


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

2010 US CENTCOM cmdr Gen Petraeus said Accountability and Justice Comm was working for

Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force Commission accused Petraeus of working with Baathists

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Shiite Parties Turn To Blaming America Before The March Elections)

2010 UN reported 167,740 displaced and 37,090 refugees had returned to home areas in 2009 Was

down from 2008 figures 2009 Maliki govt tried to end displacement/refugee crisis but failed due to lack of policy

(Musings On Iraq 2009 Numbers On Displaced and Refugee Returns To Iraq)

2010 Report Chilcot Inquiry found that Foreign Secretary Straw told PM Blair regime change not

justification for Iraq war Needed new U.N. resolution Foreign Office legal advisor told Straw Iraq war would not be legal without 2nd resolution Attorney Gen Lord Goldsmith initially said 2nd resolution needed

2010 Fmr Attorney Gen Lord Goldsmith told Chilcot Inquiry that Foreign Sec Straw convinced

him Iraq war legal in Feb 03 1st Goldsmith said 2nd UN resolution needed to make war legal Feb 03 Goldsmith said war legal with just UN Res 1441

2012 Bombing of Shiite funeral left over 90 casualties

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

2014 Report Obama said IS was a jayvee basketball team

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