Thursday, September 15, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 15 Bush said he thought Iraq involved in 9/11 and would be dealt with later


1934 PM Ayubi Jawadat called for new elections Hoped to pack parliament with his followers

who were loyal to King Ghazi by fixing vote Parliament criticized for being overly Sunni

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

(Musings On Iraq review Independent Iraq 1932-1958, A Study in Iraqi Politics)

1950 Nuri al-Said became PM 7th of 9 times PM Suwaidi resigned Said said his goal was large

development projects

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki More Like Premier Nuri al-Sa’id Than Saddam? An Interview With Historian Phebe Marr)

(Musings On Iraq Revolutionary Times, Gen. Qasim And Iraq’s 1958 Coup, Interview With Western Kentucky’s Prof. Juan Romero)

(Musings On Iraq review ‘Independent Iraq’ The Monarchy & British Influence, 1941-1958)

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1965 PM Razzaq planed for Iraqi air force planes to intercept Pres Arif while he was flying

to Morocco for Arab League Summit and overthrow govt

1980 Iran accused Iraq of attempting to shoot down helicopter with Iranian Pres Bani Sadr and Premier

Rajai on it

1980 Iranian F-14 Tomcat shot down an Iraqi MiG

1981 Reagan administration discussed covert arms deal with Iraq to get a Russian T-72 tank in return Iraq

rejected idea

1987 Iran Op Zafar 1 started KDP and Badr attacked behind Iraqi lines in Dohuk

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

1987 Saddam told UN delegation he would accept ceasefire if UN punished Iran

(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)

1989 Iraq arrested UK Observer reporter Bazoft for reporting on missile program

Led to condemnation in UK media Saddam believed West plotting against Iraq and Bazoft’s arrest would be sign to them to leave Iraq alone

1992 PUK and KDP agreed to merge their Peshmerga under command of Kurdish parliament Never done

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

1995 PUK and KDP broke off peace talks brokered by US to end civil war

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

1997 Inspectors obstructed during trip to Sarabadi Republican Guard base

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

2001 Camp David meeting on response to 9/11 Iraq brought up several times Pentagon paper for said 3

priorities in war on terror: Al Qaeda, Taliban, Iraq Joint Chiefs head Gen Shelton went over Afghanistan war plans and Iraq ones if necessary Natl Sec Adv Rice said US military should think about military action in other places in case Afghanistan went bad Opened up opportunity to bring up Iraq Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz was afraid Afghanistan would be a quagmire Said Iraq would be easy in comparison and 10-50% chance Iraq behind 9/11 Said US should go after Iraq if serious about war on terror CIA Counterterror Chief Black said Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 Wolfowitz said Iraq sent intel agents to Sudan and made alliance with bin Laden in 90s Black was Sudan station chief at time Said Iraq agents and bin Laden met but no alliance Bush said Iraq would be dealt with later Sec State Powell said Wolfowitz had no proof Iraq involved in 9/11 and was just using it for his Iraq agenda During break Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again with Bush After break Wolfowitz said that if US backed rebels in the south Iraq along with Kurds could seize all of Iraq’s oil Def Sec Rumsfeld asked if it was time to attack Iraq Powell objected saying it would cost international support Powell said US had to do Afghanistan first and would make Iraq easier if wanted to deal with it later Bush didn’t want to do more than one war at a time Later Wolfowitz brought up Iraq again Before lunch Bush said he’d heard enough about Iraq After lunch Bush asked each adviser for their ideas Powell said if US wanted to go after other states they would still be there after Afghanistan Powell said he was against attacking Iraq because US would lose coalition and confuse war on terror Rumsfeld said if hitting Iraq would cost coalition US needed a new coalition Chief of Staff Card said US should build up troops in Persian Gulf that could be used vs Iraq but then said case against Iraq had not been made Cheney said if US attacked Iraq would lose its good guy image in war on terror Did say Iraq would be dealt with later on CIA Director Tenet said Afghanistan should be focus Voted on issue with 4-0 against going after Iraq with Rumsfeld abstaining

(Musings On Iraq review Bush At War)

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

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 Bush said he thought Iraq involved in 9/11 but told Rice it would be dealt with later

(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


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

2001 UK Embassy in US warned that 9/11 would mean those in Bush admin that wanted regime change

in Iraq would push their agenda more

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

2004 Around 1000 protested in Najaf demanding that Sadr and his aides leave the city

2004 Gen Chiarelli said that US would clear militias from Sadr City Didn’t happen

2006 US and Maliki govt announced new plan to cut weapons and bombs entering Baghdad with

checkpoints at entrances and trench around city

2006 Bush speech Said he was listening to his generals who said things were working in Iraq Privately Bush

had decided Iraq strategy not working and wanted new one

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

(Musings On Iraq Inside The Surge An Interview With Prof Peter Mansoor Former Executive Officer To Gen Petraeus)

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

2006 Report US Army battalion expelled Special Forces unit working with Albu Nimr tribe in Hit Anbar

because felt Special Forces were not sharing information on their activities Shut down tribal outreach and recruitment into ISF

2006 Last 5 days 142 bodies found executed in Iraq

2006 Report Sept 02 Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri told CIA Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda Info was not given to

White House Sabri said that Iraq was working on nuclear and WMD programs and that was given to White House

2007 ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi announced Ramadan offensive named after Zarqawi

2007 Sadrists withdrew from United Iraqi Alliance Claimed shut out of decision making and Maliki govt

didn’t investigate Mahdi Army-Badr clash in Karbala in Aug 07

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 GAO said Iraq met 3 partially met 4 not met 11 of 18 total benchmarks set by Congress for progress

during Surge

2008 Female suicide bombing killed 22 and wounded 34 in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

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

2009 Report 1.6 mil displaced in Iraq Unemployment in the 90%s in Kirkuk Qadisiya Basra Wasit

Children in Anbar leaving school to support families More than ½ said afraid would lose homes because couldn’t pay rent

2011 Report Integrity Commission head Judge Ogaili said he resigned because ruling parties pressuring

him to cover up corruption PM Maliki said on TV that commission was a failure Dawa member said Maliki wanted to appoint new head to control commission

(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)

2012 Report Fmr Communication Min Allawi said he had proof of corruption within govt Said PM Maliki

involved Said ruling elite all corrupt Claimed he confronted PM about corruption Said up to 70% commission rate charged on contracts by corrupt officials

2012 Report Oil Min said it wanted to reach 6 mil/bar/day in exports by 2017 Didn’t happen Only avg 3.3

mil/bar/day in 2017

2013 Report Sunni Endowment called on PM Maliki to protect people in Basra Imams and notables were

assassinated MP said leaflets handed out blaming Sunnis for recent ISI attacks on Shiites MP said several Sunni notables had been killed

(Musings On Iraq Security Going From Bad To Worse In Iraq)

2014 Report IS used to earn around $1 mil/day from oil smuggling Now might be making only

$250,000/day IS believed to be producing 25,000-40,000 bar/day of oil in Iraq and Syria Most trucked to Turkey Some oil refined IS took 7 oil fields in Iraq in Aug 2 retaken by peshmerga

2014 Tribes helped IS take Makhmour Ninewa in Aug Peshmerga retook town Then stopped some

Arabs from returning to town because accused of being IS sympathizers KRG also blocked some displaced Arabs from entering

2014 Peshmerga said they freed Qara Tapa Diyala from IS

2015 Cabinet voted on law to cancel Vice Presidents VPs were in constitution

(Musings On Iraq A Review Of Iraq Premier Abadi’s Reform Program Interview With Reidar Visser)

2015 Report US intel analyst provided docs showing sr military officers manipulated reports to

claim IS weakening Pentagon’s inspector general investigating case Looking into sr intel officials at CENTCOM for changing reports

2015 Common Seawater Supply Facility Project to pump sea water into oil wells to maintain

pressure for oil production 7 yrs behind schedule Supposed to boost production by 4.1 mil/bar/day Not expected to be finished until 2020 2015 Oil Min owed companies $8 bil for project Had paid $9 bil so far Project planned in 2009 Exxon signed contract for project 2010 Suspended 2011 when Exxon signed oil deal with KRG South Oil Company given project in 2012 Maliki govt asked foreign firm to do project in 2014

2015 Report Ruling parties in KRG deadlocked over future of Pres Barzani KDP refused any

reforms Barzani said reforms were an attempted coup against him KDP said Barzani would stay in office 2 more yrs Barzani had term extended 2 yrs in 2013 despite draft constitution saying he could only serve 2 terms No one expected Barzani to step down but wanted to limit his powers Gorran wanted parliamentary system rather than presidential one Dispute meant Barzai would stay in power until resolved

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Barzani Calls For Elections To Determine His Fate, May Mean 2017)

2016 Report IMF wanted Iraq to reform budget to get $5.3 bil in aid Wanted intl auditor of

finances Fix budget deficit Iraq got loan and made no changes

2016 Report Turkey wanted to take part in Mosul campaign Backed KDP Peshmerga and Nujafi’s

militias Didn’t happen

2017 Turkey threatened to use force if KRG held independence referendum Said waiting to see

what US did about KRG vote

2017 KRG parliament met after being dismissed by Pres Barzani Voted to back KRG

independence referendum Opposition parties said they would abstain Pres Barzani said he’d gotten no alternatives to referendum

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

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

2017 Report Dismissed Kirkuk Govt Karim said Peshmerga would stop any Hashd move against

Kirkuk city after KRG independence referendum

2017 9 Tribal Hashd arrested in Ninewa for kidnapped and released a banking official 17th Hashd

Bgd arrested 5 relatives and associates of Ninewa governor

2018 Parliament elected Mohammed al-Halbusi former Anbar governor Speaker His al-Hal party was

accused of cheating in May elections and were reports he used bribes to attain the position

(Musings On Iraq Speaker Of Iraq’s Parliament Selected Amongst Controversy)

2018 Pro-Iran Hashd held demonstration in Basra City over attacks upon them by protesters

2018 Fmr Integrity Comm head Yasiri said comm carried out 48 investigations of ministries over 3

yrs All rejected by court for lack of evidence Said legal system weak on corruption Siad no political will to fight graft

(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)

2019 Health Min Alwan resigned over corruption and govt officials spreading misinformation

2019 Report Iraq signed deal with Gulf Cooperation Council to import electricity Didn’t

happen by 2022

2019 Abdul Mahdi govt denied that Iraq used to attack Saudi oil facility Kataib Hezbollah

did launched drone strike from Iraq

2020 Kazemi govt arrested fmr director of National Retirement Directorate for corruption

2020 Activist and her parents assassinated in her home in Baghdad

2020 Protests in Dhi Qar Maysan Baghdad Diwnaiya Dhi Qar Basra for jobs and demanded killers

of protesters be brought to justice

2021 Head of Election Comm promised free and fair elections Said gotten reports of people selling

voter cards and armed intimidation of voters

(Musings On Iraq Voter Fraud Underway In Iraq Before October Election)

2021 Candidate banned from election for buying voter cards

2021 Report Dozens of election violations reported in last 2 wks Govt offices and vehicles being used for

campaigns Candidates offering work for votes Hashd announced 30,000 cancelled Hashd fighters would be returned to payroll likely to get their votes

2021 Report Ruling parties running independent candidates to dilute votes Campaign started in Dhi Qar

and spread to Baghdad to destroy posters of independents

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