Thursday, July 7, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 7 US consul in Baghdad said Faisal would become king of Iraq even though he was unpopular



1921 American consul in Baghdad wrote that Faisal would become King of Iraq even though he was

unpopular in the country

1921 Naqib of Baghdad gave dinner where pledged support for Faisal as king

1921 Gertrude Bell noted that Iraqi notables couldn’t wait for election to appoint Faisal King because

would take 2 months and that was too long

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1965 Kurds claimed they were using artillery for first time against govt forces

(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)

1973 Police Chief Kazzar and 20 other coup plotters found guilty and given death sentence

1973 Baath Regional Congress expanded membership to accommodate Saddam supporters

1984 Iraqi govt uncovered plot to assassinate Saddam Executed some 50 army officers as a result

1987 UN Resolution 598 called for ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The Iran-Iraq War Interview With Author Anthony Tucker-Jones)

(Musings On Iraq The Iran-Iraq War Interview with Author Tom Cooper)

(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 UN inspectors found several kilograms of enriched uranium and large stocks of natural uranium from

Iraq’s nuclear weapons program

1991 Iraq Foreign Min Hussein told UN that it would make a declaration of its nuclear program Said Iraq

had not violated Non-Proliferation Treaty or IAEA safeguards

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

1991 Iraq’s concealment committee decided to reveal nuke program after inspectors found site Decided to

secretly destroy WMD programs and materials to hide them from inspectors Would prove long term problem because Iraq could never fully prove what it destroyed and what it was hiding to inspectors

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

1997 Turkey withdrew its forces from Kurdistan after killing over 2,000 PKK fighters

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

2003 CPA suspended Iraq’s old banking laws as part of reform program Signed order to exchange old

dinars for new ones to stabilize currency

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Senate US didn't go to war with Iraq because it had dramatic new

            evidence of its WMD programs

2003 White House admitted Bush’s State of Union claim Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa shouldn't

have been used

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

2003 State Dept intel agency sent memo to DepSec State Armitage originally from June that said Iraq-

Niger docs were fakes

2003 VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby told White House spokesman Fleischer fmr Amb Wilson’s wife

sent him to Niger to investigate Iraq-Niger uranium deal Was attempt to discredit Wilson

(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 SCIRI dropped objection to joining Iraqi Governing Council after lobbying by UN

2003 UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee report on UK WMD dossier said was not sexed

up by Blair govt Said Blair govt didn’t mislead parliament but misstated some of the intel on Iraq’s WMD Said claim Iraq could use WMD in 45 min should not have been so prominent in dossier Said UK dossier should’ve been more qualified on story Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 4.4 The Search For WMD)

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

2004 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey told Bush 70% of Fallujah Brigade had joined insurgency

2004 Sen Intel Comm found major judgements in Oct 02 Natl Intel Est on Iraq’s WMD and nuke program

were overstated and generally not supported US intel claims Iraq had WMD and programs larger than before Gulf War were overstated US had evidence Iraq buying dual use equipment Uncertain Iraq had destroyed its WMD stocks after Gulf War US intel didn’t have good info on Iraq’s WMD and nuke programs after UN inspectors left in 1998 US intel suffered from group think Assumed Iraq had WMD Assumed everything it did was to expand those programs CIA’s claims that Iraq renewed nuke program were wrong and weak to begin with

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

(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)

2004 Sen Intel Comm found CIA justified to claim Iraq-Al Qaeda might have cooperated based upon pre-

war intel

2005 Iraq and Iran’s Defense Ministries signed military cooperation agreement

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2005 Report Human Rights Min said ISF carried out random arrests not using warrants torturing

and abusing prisoners Conducting extrajudicial killings and govt doing nothing about it

2005 Report $8.8 bil went missing in Iraqi ministries during CPA period 03-04

(Musings On Iraq Corruption In Iraq An Interview With Stuart Bowen Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Trouble Fighting Corruption Interview With Vincent Foulk Former US Anti-Graft Official)

2006 Bush said Americans were wondering if US could win Iraq war Said US was winning

(Musings On Iraq Did the US Ever Have A Strategy To Win In Iraq Before the Surge?)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Gamble, General David Petraeus And The American Military Adventure In Iraq, 2006-2008)

2006 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey given investigative report on Marines killing Iraqi civilians in Haditha

2006 Integrity Commission head Radi said weak institutions and lack of punishment led

            to uncontrolled corruption

2008 PM Maliki said he wanted a memo of understanding on withdrawal of US forces instead of a Status of

Forces Agreement which was stalled

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Asks US To Draw Up Withdrawal Plans: Move Towards Autonomy, Electioneering, Or Brinkmanship by the Maliki Government?)

2008 Female suicide bomber hit market in Baquba 23rd female suicide bombing of the year

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2008 Report 94% decline in attacks by ISI 25 in Nov 07 vs 334 Nov 06

2009 ISI head Abu Omar al-Baghdadi called other insurgent groups phonies who were trying to overlook ISI

Said period of nationalism patriotism Baathism had ended which was what other groups were calling for Said PM Maliki formed a rejectionist Shiite govt that embraced Khomeini and was aggressive towards anything Sunni Arab Said Shiites were using all the tricks Persians were famous for throughout history including democracy to establish Shiite state Said Awakening were collaborators with Shiite project

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2010 Report Member of Irbil Chamber of Commerce said of 1710 factories in Irbil 60% closed Some

closed because old Some because of cheap imports 80% of people in chamber involved in imports

2010 Report UK Amb to Iran Dalton said PM Blair mischaracterized Iran’s role in Iraq Blair said Iran

opposed to democracy in Iraq to supported Al Qaeda in Iraq Dalton said exaggeration Said Iran wanted stable Iraq because instability would mean US would stay Said Iran allowed Al Qaeda in Iraq fighters to pass through country but otherwise didn’t support it

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2011 Report Dawa thanked Karbala Tribal Support Councils for suppressing protests in Baghdad Officials

said Dawa threatened tribes if didn’t participate

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Continue Into July)

2012 MP from Diyala said PM Maliki agreed to reinstate former army officers into Defense Min MP from

Ninewa said 1,040 fmr soldiers from Saddam era allowed back into army Response to no confidence vote

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Prime Minister Tries To Appease Sunni Provinces By Reinstating Saddam Era Soldiers)

2012 MP on integrity comm said 80% of provincial budgets in Arab provinces stolen 30% of KRG budget


2012 KRG official said it was trucking oil to Turkey It would get refined products in return KRG had

denied it for years

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Government Tries To Punish Kurdistan For Independent Energy Policy)

2012 Parliament’s oil comm said Maliki govt’s claim to solve electricity shortages by end of year impossible

Said infrastructure too old Said even if production up transmission lines wouldn’t be able to carry added load

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Government Failing Again To Solve Country’s Power Outages)

2013 KRG Pres Barzani visited Baghdad to try to resolve problems with PM Maliki Said they were brothers

2013 South Korean energy CEO investigated for allegedly embezzling $30 mil Got money from Nokan

Group owned by PUK Supposedly got money to build power station in KRG in 2007 Also accused of paying KRG Health Min $22 mil after failing to build a hospital in Sulaymaniya

2013 Iraq made new agreement to increase electricity imports from Iran Electricity Min said imports from

Iran would end during the summer Didn’t happen

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

2014 Report of gun battle between IS and Army of the Mujahdeen when the latter refused to give IS

allegiance in Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq Update On Iraq’s Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi)

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

2014 IS took two small towns and blew up Shiite mosques in both Kidnapped 40 Turkmen in Mosul

2016 Human Rights Watch Jun PM Abadi said investigating abuses in Fallujah op Abuses continued

afterward Person said Hashd burning houses and shops in central Fallujah Had photos 2 Anbar officials said Hashd and Federal Police killed more than a dozen Jumail tribesmen that fled Sjar Kataib Hezbollah took over 600 men Killed 3 Beat rest and let them go Took another 643 men from Saqlawiya not seen again

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah)

2017 Protesters seized power plant in Babil due to electricity shortages

2017 Report Hashd accused of kidnapping people for ransom in Tuz Kharmato

2017 Report Abadi govt was supposed to form committee with KRG and US led Coalition for

rebuilding Mosul Never happened

2018 Protests in Irbil and Basra blocked main roads over power shortages

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

2018 Report Iran cut electricity exports to Iraq over unpaid bills Iraq said to owe $1 bil

2018 Report Vote recount in Daquq dist Kirkuk showed fraud by PUK at expense of Arab Alliance

and Turkmen Front

2019 Report Bureau of Financial Supervision and Integrity Comm said currency smuggling

and violation of dollar auctions since 2014 by private banks and companies Up to $45 bil sent out of Iraq a year

2019 Basra activist kidnapped

2020 Report Journalist analyst givt adv Hisham al-Hashemi got death threats from Kataib Hezbollah before he was killed

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