Tuesday, September 13, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 13 Def Sec Rumsfeld and Pentagon began pushing attacking Iraq after 9/11



1939 PM Said issued decrees giving govt control of trade and economy

1961 Gen Qasim ordered airstrikes to put down Mustafa Barzani Kurdish revolt

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1963 Baath party conference Faction led by leftist party leader Saadi took control of Regional Command

1980 In 2 days Iraq seized 5 border posts from Iran Tehran didn’t retaliate making Saddam believe

reports that Iran weak after revolution were true

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)

1987 Iran said it would agree to UN ceasefire if Iraq named as aggressor in war

(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 U.N. Resolution 712 passed to implement Resolution 706 proposing oil for food program Iraq still

            rejected program as violation of Iraqi sovereignty

1991 PM Hamdi said reconstruction possible only if economy and govt liberalized and followed all

            UN resolutions to end sanctions Saddam rejected idea and had Hamdi resign

1997 Iraqi soldier attacked a weapons inspector on board a helicopter for trying to take pictures of

vehicles leaving a suspected WMD site in Tikrit Inspectors let inside facility and found papers removed

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(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 Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

2001 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet whether he was looking into Iraq-Al Qaeda connections

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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

Policy Tragedy)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade


(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

(Musings On Iraq review The One Percent Doctrine, Deep Inside America’s Pursuit Of Its Enemies Since 9/11)

(Musings On Iraq review To Start A War: How The Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq)

2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld said attacking Iraq would be good deterrent to countries that supported terrorism

2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld told army to come up with plans for seizing Iraq’s southern oil fields

2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz told press US would eliminate states that sponsored terrorism

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 UnderSecDef Feith said that govt officials realized that war on terrorism would involve Iraq

2001 US intelligence and counterterrorism agencies meeting agreed no connection between Iraq and al

Qaeda Report sent to Bush

(Musings On Iraq review Against All Enemies, Inside America’s War on Terror)

2001 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey said US needed to look into whether Iraq rather than Al Qaeda was behind 9/11

2001 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie Wall St Journal OpEd said Al Qaeda not capable of 9/11 and was

probably Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

2001 Time/CNN poll found 78% of Americans believed Iraq involved in 9/11

2002 Bush said US might only be certain Iraq had a nuclear device when it used one

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

(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)

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

2002 VP Cheney said Iraqis would greet Americans as liberators

2002 US official told Knight Ridder Iraq not close to building a nuclear bomb

2002 NYTimes said majority view within US govt including Oak Ridge Lab was aluminum tubes Iraq tried

to buy were for centrifuges Oak Ridge opposed that Article said State and Energy Depts dissented on tubes but they were in minority Were for rockets

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

2002 Report if aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges would be first step in a long process to

produce enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb Were for rockets

2002 Energy Dept issued order forbidding employees to mention aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy with


2003 Defense Dept official told press Iraq had worked on mobile WMD labs but inspectors never found

them Didn’t exist

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

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

2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld called Bremer with idea of immediately giving sovereignty to Iraq and

giving power to Iraqi Governing Council Bremer objected saying council had no mandate to rule little support and would break up if given power

2004 Report US forces routinely tortured and abused prisoners in Mosul

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded Turkish civilian Durmus Kumdereli

2006 MP Maliki visited Iran signing agreement to facilitate immigration exchange intelligence expand


(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2006 Speaker Mashadani said that ISCI plan for federal region in south was dead Bill on federalism would

be postponed indefinitely

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2007 ISI assassinated Sheikh Abu Risha leader in Awakening in bombing in Ramadi Start of ISI campaign

to eliminate Awakening leaders

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Bush gave televised speech saying Surge was making progress in Iraq Jan 07 Bush said US would hold

Maliki govt accountable to 18 benchmarks Sep said govt wasn’t meeting benchmarks

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

2007 Talks over Feb 07 oil bill collapsed Kurds wanted regional control which Oil Ministry opposed Sunnis

            withdrew from talks after Kurds signed new oil deal 

2008 Iran and Iraq agreed on 3 new free trade zones in Wasit Maysan Sulaymaniya Would add to existing

free trade zone with Basra Trade was at $2.8 bil/yr with bil more in illegal trade Almost all Iranian goods going to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Iran-Iraq Agree Upon New Free Trade Zones)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2008 Report Kurds took over 300 miles of territory after 2003 Jalawla Diyala under Kurdish control

Budget paid by KRG Mayor Kurdish Arabs complain about Kkurdish control Maliki sent army into Jalawla and told Kurds to withdraw KRG accused Maliki of trying to take over disputed areas

(Musings On Iraq Cold War Between and Kurds Turns Hot)

2009 08 Report by Integrity Comm $1.3 bil in corruption cases pardoned mostly from Defense Min Were

2772 pardons under 2008 Amnesty Law vs only 397 convictions Article 136B allowed ministers to block investigations Used it 210 times most from Oil Mini

(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)

2009 Report Dec 08 Human Rights Watch said Iraqi prisons run like Saddam era Lack of political

will meant wouldn’t change US has been releasing prisoners to Iraqis but only prisons under Justice Min Think ones run by Interior and Defense Mins bad Prisoners held for long periods before trials Trials mostly based on confessions obtained through abuse

2009 Report Iraq faced 3 yrs of drought Iraqi officials said population growth lack of water policy

drought main causes of water shortages Also Turkish Syrian Iranian dams Iraq believed water need would grow 50% by 2015 while water flow would drop Turkish dam reduced water on Euphrates by 20% New Turkish dam expected to affect 1/3 of Iraq’s arable land Basra farmers complain about unusable land due to salinity Sep Iraqi officials met with Turkey and Syria over water but didn’t get any promises

2012 Report Accountability and Justice Comm said 30 Ninewa judges had to be dismissed for Baathist

past They refused to give up positions Gov Nujafi said removal was sectarian Ninewa lawyers had sit in at Mosul courthouse to support judges

2012 Report KRG and Baghdad came to new export deal Dep PM Shaways said 2 sides agreed to work out

differences Apr Kurds halted exports for Baghdad over payment dispute Baghdad wanted KRG to export 200,000 bar/day by Oct

2013 Report Educt Min destroyed 127 schools in Diyala more than 2 yrs ago Said were making one for

new ones but never built

2013 Report Govt report said Iraq lost $40 bil/yr due to lack of electricity

2013 KRG Education Min said he didn’t have $10 bil to build 500 schools region needed Blamed oil

dispute with Baghdad for lack of money KG said Baghdad cut budget from 17% to 10.4% over oil dispute 2012 KRG report said 1 in 3 Kurds couldn’t read and didn’t have diploma

2013 Report Iran’s Foreign Min Zarif and Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani went to Iraq Zarif said Iran

would not attack US if struck Syria Suleimani upset Shiite parties didn’t support Iran’s Syria policy more

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

2014 8th campaign launched to try to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr dist of IS Anbar Ops Command

launched op to free Rawa along Syrian border Op in Baladrooz Diyala stalled Kurds said they cleared 5 villages in Makhmour Ninewa

2014 Report US trying to cut off IS oil smuggling Turkey hasn’t helped IS could be making $1-$2

mil/day from oil Oil fields in Iraq producing 25,000-40,000 bar/day

2014 IS held parade in central Hawija Kirkuk

2014 PM Abadi ordered ISF to stop shelling populated cities

(Musings On Iraq Can PM Abadi Appeal to Iraq’s Sunnis?)

(Musings On Iraq Government Shelling Of Civilian Areas In Iraq Continues Despite Premier Abadi’s Pledge Not To)

2017 Salahaddin govt voted not to hold KRG independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

2018 Reports Fatah and Sadr agreed to bloc PM Abadi from 2nd term US lobbied for Abadi to

remain PM Abadi said he would not run for 2nd term

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Abadi Acknowledges Defeat For 2nd Term)

2018 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq attacked water plant in Basra Came after Sistani rep said people were

robbing and trying to control Basra water networks

2019 Tribes in Sinsel Basin central Diyala gave ISF a week to protect them from IS


2020 Teachers in Sulaymaniya started protests over not being paid salaries Would spread to other

KRG public workers PUK blamed New Generation party and sued head of party

(Musings On Iraq Protests In Iraq’s Kurdistan Over Economic Conditions And Mismanagement)

2020 Report Babil officials said displaced returning to Jurf al-Sakrh was political decision because

Hashd ran dist Kataib Hezbollah against returns Had large military base in dist MP on displaced committee said govt not serious about allowing people back

2021 Hashd head Fayad said 30,000 Hashd who had been terminated were brought back Part of

patronage network

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