Monday, September 19, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 19 Bush again asked for report on Iraq-Al Qaeda ties after already told none existed



1914 UK sent 3 gunboats to Shatt al-Arab to protect Persian oil fields

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1920 Gertrude Bell said 1920 Revolt was result of British not fulfilling promises to give Iraqis

their own govt Said UK was about to give Iraqis freedoms that no one in London ever thought of a result of revolt

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1925 Turks went to Permanent Court of Intl Justice to try to keep Mosul province after League of

Nations said it should go to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq How The Ottoman Province Of Mosul Became Part Of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1929 PM Suwaidi resigned due to opposition by King Faisal and Nuri al-Said Abdul Sadoun became PM

for 4th time Sadoun said that Acting UK High Commissioner for Iraq’s latest statement met some of Iraq’s demands for independence when it didn’t

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

1936 UK officials met Nuri al-Said in Paris to discuss him mediating Palestine dispute Turned out he

just wanted to promote Iraq

(Musings On Iraq review Imagining The Nation, Nationalism, Sectarianism and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq)

1959 Pan-Arabists protested in Baghdad against death sentencesfor Mosul Revolt leaders

1961 KDP decided to join Barzani’s revolt against Gen Qasim Barzani criticized KDP for not fighting

(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)

1980 Iran began heavy shelling of Shatt al-Arab Basra and attacked ships in waterway

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

1983 Iran said if major powers kept backing Iraq they would have oil cut off to them

(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 UN Resolution 712 offered oil for food program rejected by Iraq 2nd time

1996 CIA Dir Deutch told Senate Intel Comm that after Saddam sent troops into Kurdistan he was in

stronger position and unlikely to be deposed

2001 Iraq intel paper said Afghan source claimed bin Laden Taliban and Iraq worked together to target

America Never confirmed

2001 Bush asked CIA Dir Tenet to look into Iraq-Al Qaeda ties and said VP Cheney had info on links

(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 Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade


(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)

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

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz sent ex-CIA Dir Woolsey to England to look into Iraq 9/11 and 1993

World Trade Center connections

2001 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Bush routine air strikes on Iraq about to happen as part of No Fly Zone

Bush said had to make sure they were not perceived to be in response to 9/11

(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


2001 Article in Jane’s Defense Weekly’s Foreign Report claimed Israeli military intel Aman

thought Iraq behind 9/11

2002 Pentagon’s Def Policy Board met Argued for removing Saddam

2002 Saddam sent letter to UN saying it had no WMD or nuclear weapons

2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Senate that UN weapons inspections were weak and weren’t going to find

anything Described Iraq’s two nuclear devices programs in 90s Didn’t mention they were too heavy to ever be used Rumsfeld denied US helped Iraq develop WMD during Iran-Iraq War which was false

(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)

2002 CIA released report on Iraq’s ties to terrorism

2002 New intel said Iraq might have offered training to Al Qaeda and safe haven to bin Laden in 1990s

Later proved false

2002 Bush met with 11 Congressmen to lobby them on Iraq policy Said war on terror going well but real

threat was Iraq and WMD

(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


(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2002 White House released language it would use in Congressional resolution to use force vs Iraq

2002 Institute for Science and Intl Sec said Bush admin was suppressing dissent on aluminum tubes Iraq

tried to buy Institute said tubes not proof of centrifuge program by Iraq Were for rockets

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

2003 CPA issued new rules for banking in Iraq to reform finances and to open up country to foreign

investment Was opposed by Iraqi business

2003 Saddam’s Def Min Gen Hashim Ahmad surrendered to US in Kirkuk after negotiations

2004 PM Blair said Iraq was center of global war on terror

2004 Sadr faction said it kidnapped 15 Iraqi National Guardsmen Threatened to kill them if Sadr aide not

released by US Sadrists denounced kidnapping

2005 2 SAS arrested by Basra police at checkpoint after firefight killed 1 Iraqi police Wounded 2 Iraqi

soldiers SAS surveilling head of Basra Serious Crimes Unit for various crimes SAS were beaten Had photos released to media Accused of being spies Led to rioting outside UK base in Basra Governor chief of police Interior Min ordered SAS released but ignored UK negotiations failed SAS raided police station but soldiers not there Found them in house run by police and Mahdi Army and freed Operation resulted in 6 hour gun battle with Basra police 4-9 killed and 44 wounded Led to major re-evaluation of UK policy in Basra

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

(Musings On Iraq review Task Force Black, The Explosive True Story Of The SAS And the Secret War In Iraq)

2005 Report Most of $1bil arms deals with Poland and Pakistan under PM Allawi stolen Were no bid contracts with money paid upfront Bought helicopters and armored cars that were in operable Overpaid for guns

(Musings On Iraq Ziad Qatan, Allawi Govt Defense Official Wanted For Corruption Extradited By


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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 17 Innovation In The Face Of War, Summer-Fall 2005)

(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)

2005 Bremer denied knowing Ziad Qatan who he asked to stay on as procurement

officer at Defense Minister when Allawi became interim PM Cattan involved in $1.2 bil in missing funds in Defense Ministry contracts

2005 UK official warned that Coalition strategy not working Said Coalition goals were to stick to

timetable for constitution referendum and 2005 elections for sovereign Iraqi govt Was based upon idea that insurgency could be contained and Sunnis won over by promise to withdraw in 2006 Official warned counterinsurgency policy not working and Coalition lacked resources to achieve its goal and may not withdraw until 2008

2005 Frm police adv Steele memo to Sec Def Rumsfeld Said ISCI and Badr trying to take control

of elite Interior Min units Protected death squads Extorted prisoners Were corrupt Recruiting only Shiites into commandos Warned could start civil war

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

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 16 – Going West, April-August 2005)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)

2006 Bush speech at UN said that Maliki govt had to rise to the challenges and make difficult choices in

Iraq to ensure future

2006 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said US found weaponry in Iraq that probably came from Iran 

including RPG-29s and rockets Said Hezbollah were training Iraqi militias in Iran

(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

2006 Rep Lee Hamilton of Iraq Study Group said that Maliki govt needed to make decisive action in next

3 months situation so critical in Iraq

2006 US commander in Ramadi got Marine division commander in Anbar to back Awakening

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)

2006 Fmr Vice Army chief of staff Ret Gen Keane told Def Sec Rumsfeld US close to strategic failure in

Iraq Keane said US strategy was to withdraw not defeat insurgency Said US needed more troops in Iraq to protect population otherwise change impossible

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Gamble, General David Petraeus And The American Military Adventure In Iraq, 2006-2008)

2006 Pres Talabani told Bush security problem was US not arming ISF sufficiently and needed less US

troops in Iraq

2007 Report Red Crescent and Intl Org for Migration report displacement increased during Surge Over 1

mil fled Baghdad Sunnis moved west and south Shiites to the south Christians moved to Kurdistan Syria and Jordan started kicking out Iraqi refugees

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2007 Iraqi Lawyers Association sent letter to parliament Said govt held prisoners incommunicado Said

some held for up to 3 yrs with no info released about them Many tortured

2008 Sadrist cleric Sheikh Ajrish assassinated in Basra Had been wave of assassinations of Sadrist officials

since start of year

(Musings On Iraq Sadrist Cleric Assassinated In Basra)

2008 Study argued Sunni cleansing of Baghdad not Surge led to reduction of violence in Baghdad based

upon electricity use in city using satellite photos taken at night

2009 Report PM Maliki blamed Syria for Baghdad bombings to divert attention away from his

failure to provide security before 2010 elections US and Iraqi officials skeptical about Maliki’s claims Baathists in Syria behind bombings Was done by ISI

2010 Report Consultant to Central Bank of Iraq said country misusing resources 80% of economy

controlled by state 20% by private sector Said reason why economy was unproductive Said 90% of govt workers didn’t deserve jobs

2012 Report Iran shipped weapons to Syria using commercial airlines flying over Iraq US tried to get Iraq

to stop flights Maliki govt denied Iranian arms shipments Iran also trucked weapons across Iraq to Syria

2013 Report Iraq released 5 yr development plan Said goal diversifying economy Wanted to develop

industry Called for $357 bil in investment Wanted to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s New 5-Year Development Plan Sets Nice Goals But Will Have Little Effect Upon Policy)

2013 Report Officials said PM Maliki wanted to create a Shiite militia to fight insurgency

2013 Report 10 men found in east Baghdad handcuffed and shot in head 1st time in yrs group of people   found executed

2013 133 sheikhs and notables in Basra signed letter to Maliki govt calling on it to stop sectarian violence

in province Came after Sunnis attacked

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

2013 Report Sunni protests divided over federalism Anbar Salahaddin Kirkuk Baghdad Diyala Ninewa

protests wanted release of innocent prisoners Demanded census to know how many Sunnis in Iraq Many Sunnis thought they were majority

2014 France carried out first air strikes against IS hitting Zummar Ninewa

2014 7 Kilo in Ramadi district freed by ISF Part of security operation to clear area around Ramadi

            Army and Sadr’s Sayara al-Salam started campaign to clear Ishaqi Salahaddin

2015 General Safavi military adv to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Iraq was part of

Iran’s strategic defense Said US was trying to divide Iraq

2016 Govt workers in Sulaymaniya went on strike for not getting paid KRG not paying workers

due to budget/oil dispute with Baghdad

2016 Car drove through Peshmerga checkpoint in Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin Shots fired and 1

passenger wounded Peshmerga arrested 2 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leaders and closed their officers in district afterward

2016 Report Parliament added corruption crimes to Amnesty Law so that officials who stole from

state could be released

2017 Rihana in Ana district in northwest Anbar freed from IS

2020 1 activist shot another kidnapped in Dhi Qar Pro-Iran groups blamed PM Kazemi sent

Counter Terror Service to province to find him leading to criticisms by tribes and Hashd factions

(Musings On Iraq Another Activist’s Kidnapping Offers Opponents Of Iraq’s PM Opportunity To Criticize Him)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2021 20 MPs requested investigation into 4 tribal Hashd leaders in Ninewa and Anbar accusing them of

forcing their men to vote for candidates or be fired One Hashd cmdr in Qayara telling men had to get 5 relatives to vote for him or be fired

(Musings On Iraq More On Cheating Before Iraq’s Oct Election)

2021 Oil Ministry announced new deal to capture natural gas from 2 oil fields with Baker Hughes

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