Thursday, June 9, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jun 9 1st UN weapons inspection began in Iraq



1920 British forces retook Tal Afar after bombing broke Iraqi rebels British carried out collective

punishment destroying and looting homes Large number of people forced out into desert

1920 Political officer Wilson warned India Secretary Montague that UK army in Iraq was incapable

of defending it or keeping order if troops withdrawn UK set on troop withdrawal to save money

1923 Law of Immigration amended allowing deportation of foreigners who took part in anti-govt


1927 UK Colonial Secretary memo said after Iraq independence new Anglo-Iraq Treaty would assure

British influence in country

1941 Another British brigade landed in Basra to help secure country after PM Gaylani govt overthrown

            in Anglo-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1941 Iraq broke relations with Italy at request of British

1954 Regent dissolved parliament and new elections held Regent wanted to break Said’s control of

parliament Opposition of Communists Baathists National Democratic Party formed united front to run in election but interference from govt meant only got 11 seats Opposition claimed fraud Did end Said’s majority

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1963 Baath govt began arresting Kurds in Baghdad and moving Kurdish soldiers from south to

north in preparation for new clash with Barzani

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1965 Pres Arif said some military units would be under Arab High Command and would

send troops to Egypt in effort against Israel Never happened because of coup plots and war vs Kurds

1982 Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council offered ceasefire with Iran but was rejected

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)

(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1991 1st UN weapons inspection of Iraq’s WMD began

(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 Saddam Tapes)

2003 Bush said history would show that US made right decision to invade Iraq Said sure Iraq had WMD

and it would be found

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

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

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Senate US didn’t have new intelligence on Iraq’s WMD it just saw it

differently after 9/11

2003 Nat Sec Adv Rice denied charges US exaggerated WMD case against Iraq

2003 Nat Sec Adv Rice admitted that false Iraq-Africa uranium story included in Bush’s State of

            Union but okayed at time

2003 CIA sent documents to VP Cheney’s office on fmr Amb Wilson’s trip to Niger to investigate story

Iraq tried to buy uranium but didn’t mention Wilson by name

(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 Sec State Powell said that trailers found were Iraqi WMD mobile labs based upon eyewitness

evidence Inspections said no

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

2003 More than 70 MPs in British parliament called for investigation into whether PM Blair misled

country on Iraq WMD

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

2003 Report none of the suspected WMD sites bombed during invasion turned out to have WMD

2003 Report that CIA Dir Tenet pushed story that Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges for

nuke program Intel agencies doubted story early on Were for rockets

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

2003 US military officer said that Bush White House tended to see all info about Iraq negatively to build

case for war

2003 Report 2 captured high ranking Al Qaeda members held by US said Iraq never worked with group

2003 US forces started Op Peninsula Strike in Dhuliya and Balad Salahaddin aimed at hunting down

Baath members and insurgents

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

War, 2003-2006)

2004 Bush and PM Blair called for NATO to help in Iraq France rejected call

2005 Pres Talabani and Abdul Aziz al-Hakim of ISCI called on the peshmerga and militias to be deployed

against insurgency

2007 Report US troops organized insurgents from Islamic Army in Amiriya into Baghdad Patriots to

fight ISI Allowed patriots to arrest people Iraqi army gave them ammunition US also organized 2,000 fighers in Abu Ghraib

2008 Sheikh Hayes of Anbar Salvation Council said 4 groups joined together to challenge Islamic Party

in provincial elections Awakening sheikhs wanted to take over Anbar govt

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

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

2008 UK intel report Charge of Knights drove Mahdi Army off Basra streets opening door for economic

growth Insecurity lack of govt capacity corruption laws political parties crime smuggling all hindered rebuilding Militias driven off business

2008 Iran and Iraq defense ministers signed defense pact

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2009 Shootout between Peshmerga and Iraqi police in Zummar as Ninewa Councilman visited area Part

of Kurd-Al Hadbaa List dispute

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat In Ninewa)

(Musings On Iraq Arab-Kurdish Divide Over New Ninewa Provincial Council)

(Musings On Iraq Update On Political Dispute In Ninewa)

2009 Egypt announced new ambassador to Iraq 1st one in 4 yrs after Al Qaeda in Iraq kidnapped last


2011 CIA Dir Panetta estimated 1,000 ISI fighters left in Iraq

2011 Baghdad closed off Tahrir Square to protesters while pro-Dawa protesters allowed to march

2011 Report PM Maliki taking over ISF Was acting Defense Interior National Security Ministers Head of

intel agencies Dismissed 600 officers based on their party affiliations Ops Commands under Maliki’s control

2011 Report BP CEO said Iraq’s oil production would likely be half of what it was claiming Said lack of

infrastructure would hinder development Said Iraq would likely reach 5-6 mil/bar/day in production It didn’t

2012 Iraqiya called for parliament to hold no confidence vote against PM Maliki

2012 Sadr bloc said they wanted immediate no confidence vote vs PM Maliki Then held press conference

Said didn’t want no confidence anymore just political reform after Iranian pressure

(Musings On Iraq What Does Iraq’s Sadr Want?)

(Musings On Iraq Iran Tries To Mediate Iraq’s Political Crisis, But Can They Overcome The Deep Divisions In The Country?)

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

2012 Integrity Comm found Defense Min using Rafidain Bank to give out fake loans Bank director gave

loans to members of Baghdad Brigade

2013 Shoot out between Asaib Ahl Al-Haq and Sadrists in Kadhimiya Baghdad

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

2013 PM Maliki visited Irbil to try to repair relations with Barzani after no confidence vote Afterward joint

committees announced to deal with disputed areas budget oil Nothing came of them

2013 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri said that merger between ISIS and Al Nusra Front in Syria was over Said

Baghdadi and Jalwani had to reconcile Said Baghdadi would be in charge of Iraq and Jalwani in charge of Syria

2014 Gov Nujafi walked streets of Mosul calling on locals to defend city from ISIS

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq Launches Battle of Ninewa In Mosul)

(Musings On Iraq Background To The Fall Of Mosul, Insurgents’ Relentless Attacks Upon Security Forces Set Stage For The Taking Of City)

(Musings On Iraq Islamic State of Iraq’s 2014 Uprising And Security Forces Collapse)

(Musings On Iraq How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency)

2014 ISIS seized provincial council building in Mosul Maliki govt claimed situation in Mosul under

control ISF had retreated from all of west Mosul

2014 Police executed 13 prisoners in Mosul Threw grenade into cell killing 6 more

2014 Emergency called in Salahaddin All police ordered on duty to defend Tikrit Army was not put on


2014 Baathist Naqshibandi said to have joined ISIS summer offensive in Ninewa Salahaddin Kirkuk

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

(Musings On Iraq Rise Of The Islamic State And the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

2014 Car bomb at PUK headquarters in Tuz Kharmato killed 30

2015 State Dep spokesman said war against IS could take 3-5 years

2015 US announced sending 500 more trainers for Iraqi forces Said it would help train 9,000


(Musings On Iraq Contradictions In Obama Administration’s Iraq Training Program)

2015 Hezbollah al-Nujaba threatened to attack US after report that US air strike killed some Hashd in

Abu Ghraib by mistake

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

2015 Hashd claimed Baiji cleared Wasn’t

2015 Iraq revised projected oil production to 5.5-6 mil/bar/day by 2020 Before predicted 8.4-9

mil/bar/day Didn’t reach either mark

2015 DNO said couldn’t sustain investment or oil production in KRG unless it was paid KRG

behind payments due to budget dispute with Baghdad over oil

(Musings On Iraq Strains and Stresses In The Kurdish-Iraq Central Government Budget Deal)

2015 Hashd spokesman said Fallujah would be freed next instead of Ramadi May Hashd said

Ramadi was the main focus

(Musings On Iraq Disarray Over How To Retake Iraq’s Ramadi)

2016 Sadrists sacked and burned Dawa offices in Najaf ISF wounded 3 trying to break

            up protests Also attacked ISCI and Badr offices in Basra Amara Kut Nasiriya Najaf

(Musings On Iraq Power Struggles Amongst Iraq’s Ruling Shiite Parties)

2016 Iraqi Forces Coalition blamed Kataib Hezbollah for kidnapping hundreds in Fallujah op Said

murders were happening under watch of PM Abadi Called for Hashd to withdraw from Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Abuses Of Iraq’s Hashd In Fallujah Operation)

(Musings On Iraq Crimes And Misdemeanors Of Kataib Hezbollah During War Vs ISIS Interview With Free Lance Journalist Jonathan Lee Krohn)

2016 Human Rights Watch report 600 men from Saqlawiya abused by Hashd Reports Federal Police

and Hashd executed 17 displaced fleeing Sjar Sheikh said 70 men disappeared from Garma Reports of executions beatings disappearances in Fallujah op PM Abadi promised investigation and arrests

(Musings On Iraq Missing 600 From Anbar’s Saqlawiya Finally Found Dead?)

2017 Report Iraq wanted to triple refining capacity by 2021 from 500,000 bar/day to 1.5 Previous

attempts failed 2012 Iraq said it would be processing 760,000 bar/day by start of 2013 Didn’t happen

2017 Iraqi Turkmen Front said KRG independence referendum violated constitution

2017 Hoshyar Zebari of KDP said no democratic country could oppose KRG independence

referendum Said no going back on vote

2017 Report Abadi govt spokesman said KRG couldn’t declare independence Turkey’s PM said

referendum was irresponsible

2017 Russian Foreign Min said it supported unity of Iraq Said differences between KRG and

Baghdad should be worked out

2017 Univ of Mosul began classes again West Mosul still not freed

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali said wanted to run in elections Hashd spokesman said Hashd

couldn’t talk about elections

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

2020 Eve of talks over Status of Forces Agreement with US rockets fired at Baghdad Airport Kataib

Hezbollah spokesman said that talks should be changed Hashd added to negotiating team

2020 Report grain silo system run by Trade Min corrupt Trucks had to pay bribes to enter silos most

farmers couldn’t afford Forced to sell to wholesalers at cheaper prices Fmr Trade Min official said every part of system corrupt involving bribes

2020 KRG PM Barzani proposed 3 ideas to cut govt salaries Hadn’t been able to pay them since Jan

Barzani said even if KRG paid by Baghdad wouldn’t be able to cover payroll

2020 Cabinet passed resolution to cut salaries and pension for top govt workers by 10% to deal

with economic crisis caused by collapse in oil prices and COVID Didn’t stand

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Refuses Budget Cuts During Economic Crisis)

2021 Report Judges released Hashd Anbar cmdr and head of Tufuf Brigade Muslih accused of rocket

attacks upon Ain Al-Asad Base and assassination of Karbala protest leader due to political pressure

2021 report Govt had recordings of Hashd Anbar cmdr and head of Tufuf Brigade Muslih calling

assassins of Karbala protest leader Activist’s family had threatening messages by Muslih He also confessed Judges said no convincing evidence against him

2021 Report 2020 Iran said it was cutting funding to Hashd Had to find new sources of money Set

up loan offices for govt workers and pensions that offered bad terms to earn money

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