Wednesday, July 6, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 6 Saddam Hussein told Baath leadership he was going to invade Iran

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1915 UK took Suq al-Shuyuk, Dhi Qar after defeating Turk-Arab forces outside town day


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

1920 British reinforcements sent to Rumaitha from north ran into rebel force and withdrew

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1948 Iraqi air force attacked Israeli military base during armistice

1965 Iraqi pilot killed by Mossad after refusing to defect to Israel with a MiG-21 Was 2nd pilot

killed by Israelis

1968 3rd Kurdish minister resigned over PM Yahya’s Kurdish policy

1980 Saddam told Baath Party leadership he was going to invade Iran

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

1991 Baghdad demanded Peshmerga disband Close Kurdish radio stations End contacts with foreign

govts Kurds demanded democracy talks over Kirkuk Offered to give up heavy weapons close radio stations end contacts with foreign govts

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

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

1992 UN Security Council demanded Iraq allow inspectors into Agricultural Ministry

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

2003 Fmr Amb Wilson NY Times OpEd said Bush exaggerated about Iraq-Niger uranium story in State of

Union Said CIA sent him to Niger to investigate uranium story and found no evidence

2003 Fmr Amb Wilson said he never saw fake Iraq-Niger docs but VP Cheney’s office should’ve been

sent report on his trip Wilson overestimated impact of his visit to discredit Iraq-Niger uranium story Actually increased questions

2003 Fmr Amb Wilson on Meet The Press said VP Cheney should’ve gotten report on his trip to Niger

2003 VP Cheney questioned Wilson’s OpEd and asked why he was sent to Niger

(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 US said it would release Turkish Special Forces it arrested in Sulaymaniya

2004 Cabinet gave PM Allawi emergency powers to declare state of emergency national curfew restrict

movement appoint military governors seize assets Allawi only declared a few curfews

2004 PM Blair told Parliament that he didn’t know what happened to Iraq’s WMD Said they could have

been hidden or destroyed

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

2004 Report 2000 CIA started program to contact relatives of Iraqi WMD scientists that lived in west to

try to collect intel Relatives said Iraq had no WMD programs Intel not included in reports or passed to White House

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2004 Car bomb at US-Iraqi National Guard post in Samarra Led to 450 of 500 Iraqi guardsmen to quit

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed it executed Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Ihab al-Sharif Egypt would not

send another ambassador until 2009

2006 In coordinated attacks across central Iraq insurgents took down every power line to Baghdad Part

of campaign to deprive capital of electricity

2008 Fmr Undersec Def Feith claimed WMD was not one of core arguments for Iraq invasion Claimed

CIA pushed Iraq being a WMD threat

2008 UAE cancelled $7 bil in Iraqi debt Announced would be sending ambassador to Baghdad

2011 Report Obama admin wanted 10,000 US troops to stay in Iraq past 2011 Hoped that proposal would

lead PM Maliki to make formal request for US forces KDP-PUK only parties that wanted US troops

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2012 VP Shahristani’s office said KRG could not sign any oil or gas deals without Baghdad’s permission

2013 Electricity Min Aftan opened new powerplant in Wasit Said electricity shortages would be solved by

end of 2013 Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq More Hollow Promises By Iraq’s Electricity Ministry)

2014 Report Ayatollah Shahroudi in Iran said that KRG Pres Barzani part of Sunni conspiracy along with

Turkey that supported IS Claimed Kurds Turkey IS wanted to break up Iraq

2014 Report KRG didn’t make enough to pay govt workers KRG dependent upon oil and export route to

Turkey Report didn’t say also dependent upon Baghdad budget payments which it jeopardized through its oil policy

2014 Iran’s Amb to Iraq went to Sulaymaniya Met with Gorran and PUK Told them to support 3rd term for

PM Maliki

2014 Sadr said State of Law needed to pick new candidate for PM besides Maliki Blamed him for political

and security crisis

2015 Report Differences between communities hindering fight vs IS Kurds took disputed areas

Pushed for independence Many Sunnis claim they’re majority in Iraq Make huge demands of govt Some Sunnis believed they could overthrow govt Learned nothing from civil war Sunnis fighting IS usually have strong ties with govt or feel threatened by IS Shiites questioned why should free Sunni areas when many didn’t appear willing to fight Both Sunnis and Shiites driven by victimhood and ignore each other PM Maliki revived insurgency by closing Ramadi protest camp Dec 2013 Groups later cooperated with IS Believed they could use IS to bring down govt and then achieve own goals Instead Sunnis suffered greatest losses during war

2015 IS launched major attack upon 8 towns taking 3 of them before being turned back by Coalition

air strikes and Peshmerga

(Musings On Iraq Heavy Fighting In Four Of Iraq’s Provinces During Start Of July 2015)

2017 UN rep in Iraq said out of 44 neighborhoods in west Mosul 6 completely destroyed 22

moderately damaged 16 lightly damaged

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 263 Jul 6 2017)

2018 Protests in Madina over services Abu Khasib cutting road over electricity Basra City cut roads over

unfinished projects Shatt al-Arab over salinity Dhi Qar for recount in election

(Musings On Iraq Summer Protests In Iraq Turn Deadly In Basra)

2020 Hisham al-Hashemi journalist analyst govt advisor killed in front of his house in Baghdad by

pro-Iran group

2021 MP said candidates trying to buy votes through brokers

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