Wednesday, September 14, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 14 Iraq helped found OPEC


1929 Acting Iraq High Commissioner Air Vice Marshal Brooke-Popham told King Faisal that UK

had not changed its position on new Anglo-Iraq Treaty or Iraqi independence

1960 Iraq Iran Kuwait Saudi Arabia Venezuela meeting in Baghdad created OPEC

1980 Iran’s Chief of Staff of military said it no longer abided by 1975 Algiers Agreement with Iraq over

Shatt al-Arab border

1980 Iran’s Pres Bani Sadr and PM Rajai flying in helicopter along Iran-Iraq border were fired upon by an

Iraqi MiG Iraq didn't know who was in the helicopter

1980 Iran sent military reinforcements to border over clashes with Iraq

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

1989 Jim Hoagland OpEd in Washington Post featured Ahmed Chalabi claiming his Petra Bank in Jordan

was closed because of plot by Saddam Was closed because of his mismanagement faked books embezzlement and more

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

2001 Bush told Blair that there might be an Iraq-Al Qaeda connection

(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 Chilcot Report Sec 3.1 Development of UK Strategy and Options on Iraq, 9/11 to Early January 2002)

(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

Iraq)

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

(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 Fmr CIA Dir Woolsey said Saddam could be working with Al Qaeda

2001 At Amer Enter Inst press conference Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie claimed Iraq behind Al Qaeda

and 9/11 David Wurmser said US had to focus on Iraq Michael Ledeen said US had to back INC

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

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

2001 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor said Iraq behind 1993 World Trade Center

Bombing Said getting rid of bin Laden good but Saddam was more important

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

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

2002 Bush said Iraq had scientists infrastructure and buying equipment to enrich uranium to build

nuclear bomb in a year

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

(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 Deputies NSC meeting Natl Intl officer for Strategic Programs said US intel on Iraq’s

WMD didn’t justify a war Said NKorea a bigger threat and when that became public White House would have hard time explaining why it went to war Others at meeting said Iran bigger terrorist threat UnderSecDef Feith dismissed their criticisms

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

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

Tragedy)

2003 Cheney on Meet The Press said that Iraq had WMD and relationship with Al Qaeda dating back to

90s Said what US found since invasion proved Iraq had WMD capabilities Found mobile WMD labs Cheney had been briefed in July by Iraq Survey Group head Kay that no mobile WMD labs had been found Cheney said if Iraq had gotten fissile material it could have built a nuclear bomb in months to a year Said that Iraq’s WMD and nuclear programs would be found Claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Prague in False story Cheney said Iraq involved in 1993 World Trade Center bombing Story based upon Iraq conspiracy theorist Laurie Mylroie Cheney said democracy in Iraq would be blow against base of anti-western terrorism in the world Cheney said US didn’t need more troops in Iraq and security improving

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

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

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

(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 Report Iraqi scientists said nuclear program scrapped in 90s during UN inspections

2003 Poll 52% of US respondents supported Bush’s Iraq policies down 23% since war ended

2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq car bomb hit Baghdad police station Killed 59 wounded almost 100

2004 State Dept announced new reconstruction strategy moving money from water health and electricity

to security

2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq set off 12 car bombs in Baghdad 167 killed Almost 600 wounded

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 18 – Defeated By Democracy, Winter 2005-2006)

2005 Zarqawi declared war on Shiites in response to U.S. offensive in Tal Afar

(Musings On Iraq interview with former CIA analyst Nada Bakos that tracked Zarqawi)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

2006 Anbar Salvation Council presented program Wanted new elections in Anbar Hiring tribesmen into

ISF Condemned terrorism Wanted talks with Baathists Rebuild provincial economy Claimed 35 tribes involved but was only Albu Risha Albu Dhiab Albu Ali Jassim tribes

(Musings On Iraq Demise, But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How A Change In Perceptions Led To The Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)

(Musings On Iraq review Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)

(Musings On Iraq review The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)

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

2006 US military spokesman said that violence had increased in Baghdad despite Operation Together

Forward II 22 killed by death squads 60 bodies found day before

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 20 Baghdad Burns, Summer-Fall 2006)

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2007 White House report said Iraq making progress on areas not included in benchmarks Said violence

down Sunnis turning on ISI PM Maliki accepting Awakening and Sawha ISF continued to develop Said satisfactory on 12 of 18 benchmarks

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

2007 SecDef Gates said US could get down to 100,000 troops by end of 08 Petraeus complained too fast

(Musings On Iraq review Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary At War)

2007 ISI statement bragged about killing Awakening leader Abu Risha Said it was creating special

committee to hunt down and kill other sheikhs

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Anbar Before And After The Awakening Part III Sheikh Ahmed Sattar Al-Rishawi Abu Risha)

2010 Report insurgents launched campaigns every Ramadan 2008 1st yr no major attacks 2010

were 20 mass casualty bombings by ISI in one month’s span from Aug-Sep Aug 25 launched attacks in 12 cities including ones in the south with over 300 casualties

2010 PM Maliki adv went to Syria to try to convince Pres Assad to switch from backing Allawi for

PM to Maliki

2012 Report PM Maliki told Syrian opposition delegation that he supported political change in Syria Said

Iraq would provide an example Claimed Iraq neutral in Syrian war Maliki supported Assad Didn’t stop militias from going ot Syria Didn’t follow intl sanctions on Syria

2013 Several days of fighting between ISI and Ansar al-Sunna began in south Kirkuk Started after ISI

killed local sahwa commander

2013 Govt sent 211 projects to Integrity Comm Said none of them surpassed 5% completion rate Included

projects at Baghdad Airport and Baghdad Intl Fair Blamed provincial govts for corruption in projects

2013 Report Professor at Basra Univ blamed cancer on use of depleted uranium during Gulf War and

2003 invasion Claimed were only 15 cancer cases per/yr amongst children Up to 2,000 per/yr No casual connection found in studies

2013 Report Turkey signed license to import natural gas from KRG Supposed to start in 2014 and reach

3.2 mil cub/meters by 2033 Didn’t happen

2013 Report Kurds and Sadrists accused PM Maliki of using Tribal Support Council to build support

before 2014 elections

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2014 IS released video Message to America’s Allies showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

2014 Report PM Abadi said he would stop 7 Hashd units from working in Baghdad Said couldn’t

control 2 of them

2014 Human Rights Watch Govt using indiscriminate bombings that have hit civilians Sep 1 ISF

hit school in Tikrit that killed 31 and wounded 41 civilians Sep 13 PM Abadi ordered end to shelling cities

2014 Satellite imagery showed Asaib Ahl Al-Haq burned homes in Salaam Salahaddin 2 wks after

it was freed from IS Asaib Ahl Al-Haq would level most of the town with explosives and bulldozers

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

2016 Report Splits within PUK since Pres Talabani became ill Kosrat Rasul and Barham Salah

created decision making body to share power amongst leaders Talabani’s wife Hero Ibrahim and others rejected body Critics said Hero controlled PUK’s finances and abused power Leadership accused of stealing money cutting salaries of peshmerga and govt workers controlling decisions

2017 Parliament voted to dismiss Kirkuk Governor Karim over his support for KRG Independence

referendum Gov Karim said wouldn't step down Said Iraqi law didn’t allow parliament to dismiss him

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

2017 Report Iranian officials were visiting Iraqi Shiite parties Told them to stay unified before

next elections Sadr refused meeting

2017 KDP and PUK agreed to bring back KRG parliament after dismissed by Pres Barzani to

discuss KRG independence referendum

2017 Report US rep to Iraq McGurk suggested KRG discuss issues with Baghdad rather than hold

KRG independence referendum US opposed vote McGurk said no intl support for referendum

2017 Fatah’s Amiri said he tried all means to stop KRG independence referendum Said there

could be civil war if vote held

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

2017 Report US and Iran trying to stop KRG independence referendum Quds Force cmdr Gen

Suleimani US Iraq rep McGurk US Ambassador all met with Kurds trying to talk them out of vote Source said Suleimani threatened to unleash the Hashd vs Kurds if vote held Pres Barzani rejected pressure

2018 Some Hashd units said they were forming special forces to deal with saboteurs that were using the

Basra demonstrations to carry out violence

2018 Protest in Baghdad and Basra calling for political reform and services

2018 Finance Min said it sent extra money to Basra to deal with water in response to protests

2018 Mishan al-Jabouri claimed Halbusi paid him $15 mil to withdraw running for speaker of

parliament

2019 PM Abdul Mahdi issued Order 328 Put Hashd under Joint Ops Command It would appoint

all brigade commanders and Hashd under premier’s control Not implemented

2019 Tribes blocked displaced from returning to their homes in Salahaddin Said they were

IS families Ninewa govt ordered more than 200 displaced IS families to move out of camp into new one just for them 

2019 Houthis claimed they launched drone strike that hit Saudi oil well Turned out to be

Kataib Hezbollah who launched drone from Iraq

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

2020 Agriculture Min said it would export barley for 1st time Said water levels were good in 2019

and govt paid high prices to farmers resulting in surplus

2020 PM Kazemi’s media adv said people who killed journalist/analyst Hisham al-Hashemi had

been identified 1 ISF member eventually arrested and eventually released

2021 Poll found only 29% intended to vote in upcoming election Think tank did poll Said 60% intended to

vote 2022 election had lowest voter turnout since 2003

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