Friday, July 8, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 8 Saddam survived assassination attmpet in Dujail Would destroy town 1500 people arrested 150 executed

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1920 Rebels derailed 6 trains going from Diwaniya to Samawa to disrupt flow of British troops and


(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)

1937 Sadabad Pact between Iraq Iran Turkey Afghanistan agreed to borders non-interference regional

security PM Sulaiman hoped treaty would assure good relations with Iran and Turkey

1973 Police Chief Kazzar and 20 coup plotters executed Another 36 put on trial

1982 Saddam survived assassination attempt in Dujail Saddam ordered town destroyed 1500 residents

arrested 150 executed

1991 Iraq admitted to UN inspectors it had 3 secret programs to enrich uranium to build a nuclear bomb

Before Iraq denied it had any nuclear weapons program

(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)

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

1991 Report During Gulf War Coalition said it was only bombing military targets but destroyed Iraq’s

infrastructure as well During war said hits on infrastructure were accidents or collateral damage Late in war bombed facilities knew Iraq couldn’t rebuild on its own to put pressure on military to overthrow Saddam Bombing led to cholera and typhoid outbreak

1995 Ceasefire in Kurdish civil war ended as PUK and KDP went back to fighting over control of Irbil

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

2003 PM Blair told Parliament he believed intelligence that Iraq had WMD

2003 PM Blair said evidence of Iraq-Niger uranium deal was not based upon fake docs but

            separate intel Story still false

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

2003 White House spokesman said intelligence on Iraq-Niger uranium deal turned out to be inaccurate

(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)

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

2003 Wash Post article quoted admin officials saying Iraq-Africa uranium claim shouldn’t have been

used in State of Union and story could be wrong

2003 VP Cheney’s chief of staff Libby met NYTimes’ Miller Said Fmr Amb Wilson’s NYTimes OpEd part

of CIA campaign to absolve itself of bad intel on Iraq Libby said Wilson’s report on his trip to Niger never made it out of CIA and found evidence Iraq did try to buy uranium Said Natl Intel Est had stronger evidence that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said Wilson’s wife’s name was Valerie Plame and she worked at CIA Miller would later denied she got her name from Libby

2003 Columnist Novak asked DepSecState Armitage why fmr Amb Wilson sent to Niger to look into Iraq

uranium deal Armitage said because his wife worked at CIA

2003 Bush Chief of Staff Rove confirmed to columnist Novak that fmr Amb Wilson’s wife sent him to


2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Bulgarian civilians Georgi Lazov and Ivaylo Kepov

2004 US and Iraqi officials said decision to stop 1st Fallujah battle was wrong and city now controlled

by insurgents

2004 US and Iraqi intel reports said Zarqawi using Fallujah as a base

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 14 Fighting To The Elections, August-December 2004)

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2005 Iraq constitutional committee started its work

(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Struggle For Iraq’s Future, How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy)

2007 Report Sadr had gone back to Iran after short stay in Iraq in May Sadr fled to Iran in February

believing that US would target him during Surge

2008 Report Al Qaeda sent foreign fighters to Sudan and Somalia rather than Iraq due to downturn in


(Musings On Iraq Demise of Al Qaeda In Iraq Update)

2008 Head of Kurdish bloc in parliament Othman said KRG oil deals were illegal 1st Kurdish official

            to criticize deals Said Iraq needed oil law Never passed

2008 Iraq had highest electricity production since 2003 Only met 55% of demand

2009 US unit hit by IED in Najaf planted by police Previous Najaf police chiefs fired for connections

to militias

2009 MP on farming committee said farmland decreased by 60% Main reason decline of water from

            neighboring countries

2010 Report 1000s of oil tankers went from KRG to Iran each day Smuggling started in 90s Profits

went to PUK KDP oil companies and politicians and officials in Baghdad Kurds also sent oil to unlicensed refineries in KRG Ninewa Kirkuk KRG denied smuggling for years Talked with media to pressure Baghdad to let it export oil

(Musings On Iraq Kurdistan Admits To Smuggling Oil To Iran)

2011 Higher Educ Min Adeeb said universities would be deBaathified Up to 700 professors threatened

with dismissal

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

2011 100s protested in Baghdad against corruption Iranian influence federalism 7 protesters arrested and

beaten by ISF Activist’s house raided

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq Continue Into July)

2011 PM Maliki gave speech to sheikhs in Baghdad claiming Iraq was immune to Arab Spring

2013 Report Awakening said insurgents moving from western desert into cities of Anbar Attacking

Awakening members

2014 Tuz Kharmato mayor said IS smuggling 100 tankers/day of oil from Ajeel and other fields in

Salahaddin Doing same in Ninewa

2014 Report Insurgents leaving Fallujah after refusing to swear allegiance to IS Included Mujahdeen Army

(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 Babil governor denied that insurgents controlled Jurf al-Sakhr Said were only small pockets of

militants Security op started to free dist 

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Southern Front Babil Province Where The Islamic State Has Free Reign)

2015 Report ISF and US wanted to take Ramadi Hashd wanted to free Fallujah Hashd started its own

op to free Ramadi then stopped and started one for Fallujah Hashd wanted to lead war

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

2018 2 killed 2 wounded by police firing into protesters demanding jobs electricity water in Imam

Sadiq Basra ISF claimed armed men fired at them first Protests in Basra City Maysan Dhi Qar Muthanna and Wasit over electricity jobs services

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

2020 European Comm put Iraq on list of high risk countries for money laundering and terrorist

financing Was because of Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions that had been abused by political parties Iran Syria and insurgents for yrs

(Musings On Iraq EU Puts Iraq On List of Money Laundering-Terrorist Financing Countries)

2020 Report Defense Min transferred general charged with killing protesters in Nasiriya in Nov 2019

Ordered Rapid Response Forces to shoot at demonstrators Killed 60 PM Kazemi promised to bring murderers of protesters to justice General never prosecuted

2021 Bafel Talabani sought to replace Asayesh and Zenyari leaders loyal to his cousin Lahur

Talabani Bafel and Lahur deployed rival security forces to Sulaymaniya leading to stand off Bafel and Lahur co-head PUK

(Musings On Iraq Latest Dispute Over Control Of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan)

2021 Warrants issued for killers of journalist and govt adv Hisham al-Hashemi Joint Ops command

said it arrested people involved with rocket attacks on Ain al-Asad base Nothing happened afterward

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