Sunday, September 18, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 18 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq over Israel


1916 British leaders told troops to continue advance in Mesopotamia vs Ottomans after huge loss

at Kut One of biggest British defeats in WWI

1950 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq over Israel

1961 Iraqi Air Force bombed Barzan again while Zebari tribe attacked Mustafa Barzani

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

(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)

1980 Iran’s Foreign Minister rejected Iraq’s claim to Shatt al-Arab

1980 Saddam sent Tariq Aziz to Arab countries to argue Iraq’s case to back it against Iran

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 1: The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982)

1980 Iraqi artillery hit Iranian city of Abadan

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

1980 2 Iranian F-5 Tiger IIs fired upon Iraqi troops along the Iran-Iraq border and were shot down by

Iraqi anti-aircraft fire

1980 2 Iraqi divisions seized border posts in Iran’s Khuzistan province Seizure of border areas reinforced

Iraq’s image of Iran being weak after revolution

1980 Iraq’s generals made final battle plans for invasion of Iran and set 9/22/80 as invasion date

1981 Iran attacked Dahlawiya for 2nd time in campaign to free Khuzistan province Iranians lost 2000 dead

1985 Iranian Op Al Quds 5 in Kurdistan ended with Iranian forces largely pushed back after Iraqi


(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)

1990 Iraq Army Chief of Staff Gen Khazraji told Saddam Iraq would lose any war with US Saddam

dismissed warning

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)

1994 UN Security Council reviewed sanctions Tariq Aziz said if UN agreed to UN Res 833 on Iraq-

Kuwait border oil embargo should end US said Iraq not fully complied with inspections No changes made

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

1995 Hussein Kamil interview with Time Said he defected to Jordan to help Iraq Said Iraq had been at war

too long since Iran-Iraq War Criticized Saddam for executions and arrests

1996 KDP attacked Kurdish displaced camp along Iranian border killing 11 wounding 30 during campaign

against PUK

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

2001 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent Natl Sec Adv Rice memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links


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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz wrote Def Sec Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists and might have been

behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing using conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s argument 

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

2001 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe Story was false

2001 Princeton Prof Bernard Lewis spoke to Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Said US needed to

support Ahmed Chalabi who was a modernizer Advocated for US to respond with force to 9/11 otherwise Muslim world would see US as weak Chalabi told meeting US should invade Iraq not Afghanistan

(Musings On Iraq Bernard Lewis And The Invasion of Iraq)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld on TV said Iraqis should remove Saddam

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told House Iraq close to getting materials for nuclear bomb Said war important

decision and why Bush had not decided on it yet Said war would not be costly and would not last more than 2 years Said US would not occupy Iraq

(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 Bush At War)

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


(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 CIA Paris Station chief met with Lebanese journalist who said Iraq’s Foreign Min Sabri willing to

work with US Lebanese journalist told CIA Sabri said no WMD or nuke programs Station chief went to CIA HQ to tell about Sabri’s claims about WMD and nuke programs

(Musings On Iraq How The CIA Ignored Hard Evidence That Iraq No Longer Had Any WMD Programs In 2002 – Part 2)

2002 CIA’s Iraq Operations Group said Iraq Foreign Min Sabri’s claims WMD and nuke programs inactive

was disinformation

2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said he believed Iraq destroyed its WMD in 90s

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

2003 Report wave of kidnappings for ransom across Baghdad

2004 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it had kidnapped 2

Americans and a Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners

2005 Iraq draft constitution presented to UN Hussein Shahristani of United Iraqi Alliance read draft to

parliament without giving members opportunity to vote or debate it

(Musings On Iraq How Faults With Iraq’s Constitution Undermines The Country, Interview with Constitutional Scholar Zaid Al-Ali)

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

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

2005 UK General Brims reported 12 car bombs in Baghdad weekly casualties up 122% after Zarqawi

declared war on Shiites

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

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

(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)

2005 UK arrested 2 Sadrist clerics in Basra city for involvement in bombings Led to confrontation with

Mahdi Army

2006 US turned over central Salahaddin to Iraq’s 4th Division Was second such handover to ISF

2007 Report Shiite religious parties in Basra city banned public parties selling music CDs in stores and

alcohol Criticized artists Put up signs telling women to cover themselves

2008 Iraqi army demanded Peshmerga withdraw from Jalawa Diyala after negating deal with Kurds to

allow them to remain in town Part of Maliki policy to pressure Kurds in disputed areas

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

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

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

2008 Report PM Maliki formed Tribal Support Councils in Babil Karbala Maysan Basra ISCI claimed

these were not about security but Maliki building support before 09 elections

(Musings On Iraq Argument For Maliki Being Iraq’s Next Strongman)

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2008 PM Maliki admitted security op in Mosul wasn’t as successful as 1st thought Blamed citizens of city

for not cooperating with ISF

2009 Report Norway investigated insider trading involving KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami

and DNO that had oil contract in KRG Oct 08 DNO sold 43 mil shares for $29.7 mil to Genel Energy with Hawrami acting as middleman

(Musings On Iraq Oil Scandal Hits Kurdistan)

2009 Anbar Awakening Sheikh Abu Risha and Interior Min Bolani announced formation of Unity

of Iraq Alliance Abu Risha wanted power in Anbar and Baghdad

2010 Iraq signed deal with Syria to build 2 pipelines through Syria to Mediterranean Never


2010 Iranian Pres Ahmadinejad landed in Syria Met with Pres Assad to lobby for 2nd term for PM

Maliki Assad supported Allawi

2012 Cabinet approved new oil export-revenue sharing deal with KRG

2012 Report Shell agreed to restart oil production at Majnoon field Had to reach certain output mark to get

paid Asked Oil Min for waiver because couldn’t meet mark by end of 2012 Stopped production Jun for maintenance Shell blamed lack of infrastructure as major problem 

2013 Report BP Shell Exxon negotiated with Oil Min to reduce production quotas Talks started 2012

Lukoil and Eni already cut their targets Lack of infrastructure main cause

2014 Report Tikrit under IS control Islamic Army Naqshibandi outside city Tikrit taken by

combination of insurgent groups IS pushed them all out Jan Fallujah taken by group of armed factions IS slowly dominated city through threats and co-option Only 2 independent groups in Fallujah 1 tribal group Other ex-Saddam soldiers

2014 Operation to clear Yusifiya Baghdad started

2014 IS unsuccessfully attacked prison in Kadhimiya Baghdad Tried to break members out

2014 IS counterattack in Saqlawiya Anbar surrounded Rapid Intervention Force and seized base

Biggest IS victory in 2 months

(Musings On Iraq The Latest Military Fiasco In Iraq The Fall of Camp Saqlawiya, Anbar)

2014 Tuz Kharmato police chief blamed Turkmen Hashd units for stopping Kurds in district at


2015 Protests in Baghdad over reforms

2016 Iran’s Dep Foreign Min warned KRG independence referendum could lead to regional


2017 Federal Supreme Court ordered halt to KRG independence referendum until it went through

complaints of it being unconstitutional

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

2017 KRG signed deal with Rosneft for natural gas pipeline to Turkey worth $1 bil Would

eventually be connected to Europe Didn’t happen

2017 Hashd leader said his unit was ready to enter Syria as part of op in Anbar Said would

cooperate with Syrian govt

2018 Kataib Hezbollah threatened to overthrow next govt if it didn’t respect the sacrifices of the Hashd

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

2018 PM Abadi’s office signed paper telling Real Estate Dept in Finance Min to exempt to 2 Abadi

advisers from rules on renting state property in Baghdad

2018 Report Large number of IS in Hawija Hamrin Makhoul and Metibija areas of Kirkuk and


2020 Report Hashd built defensive fortifications around 15 villages in Azm dist Diyala to stop IS

2021 General Manager of state marketing organization for oil said KRG had not sent any money to

Baghdad as required under 2021 budget PM Kazemi was still sending KRG monthly budget payments in return for its political support

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad To Send Budget Payment To KRG For 2nd Time)

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Politician: 2021 Budget Isn’t Binding Agreement For KRG)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad Sends Money To KRG Without It Complying With 2021 Budget)

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