Tuesday, September 20, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 20 Bush talked with Blair about seizing Iraq’s southern oil fields


1917 Sir Percy Cox made civil commissioner in Iraq

1955 PM Said put Iraqi forces along Jordanian border claiming he was prepared to save Amman

from Communism Was really to overthrow govt unfriendly to Iraq backed by Egypt Syria and Saudi Arabia

1959 Mosul Revolt leaders executed

1959 Kamil Chadirchi resigned as leader of National Democratic Party over member Hadid not

resigning from Qasim’s cabinet for refusing to implement democratic reforms

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1980 Iran called up its military reserves that barely existed due to revolution

1980 Iraq’s Def Min Khairallah went to Iran-Iraq border to give commanders orders for Iran invasion

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

1983 Iran threatened to close Persian Gulf if West and Gulf States continued to aid Iraq

(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 Saddam dismissed army chief of staff Gen Khazraji for saying Iraq would lose any war with US

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Storm, Volume 1)

1990 UK intel report said lots of unknowns about Iraq’s ballistic missile program

1998 UK intel report said Iraq probably still had biological weapons program

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

2001 Bush TV speech Said US would pursue nations that supported terrorism Opened door to Iraq


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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 Under Secretary of Defense Feith complained about lack of good targets in Afghanistan and

suggested bombing Iraq for 9/11 Said war on terror should be broad and include Iraq

2001 Project for a New American Century in letter to Bush said Iraq might have supported 9/11 and

Saddam had to be targeted in war on terror

2001 US intel officials told press they were looking into Iraq’s connections to 9/11

2001 Israeli intelligence said they thought Iraq connected to 9/11 Claimed Al Qaeda funded by Iraqi Intel


2001 Bush brought up seizing Iraq’s oil fields with PM Blair Blair said US needed to keep public opinion

behind it with War on Terror Bush said Iraq wasn’t immediate problem Blair said needed to take time to build case vs Iraq

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

(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 Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

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

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


2001 UK Amb to US Meyer said “Rumors were already flying that Bush would use 9/11 as a

pretext to attack Iraq”

2001 US and UK jets bombed missile batteries in southern Iraq as part of No Fly Zones

2002 Pentagon set up planning group to deal with rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry after invasion

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


(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 3 Maneuvering Into


2002 UK Def Min said it could provide forces for military action against Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 6.1 Development of the Military Options for an Invasion of Iraq)

2002 Time article White House using unsubstantiated stories to make case of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties

2002 Sec State Powell testified to House to lobby for Congressional use of force resolution vs Iraq Powell

said there was debate about Iraq’s intent on buying aluminum tubes but Saddam trying to get nuke technology Were for rockets

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

2002 Blair govt formed Ad Hoc Group to coordination post-war planning for Iraq across govt Didn’t make

any detailed plans or policy Drafted papers on reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 6.4 Planning and Preparation For A Post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, Mid-2001 to January 2003)

2003 Ansar al-Sunnah announced itself on the Internet

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 7 Muqawama Wa Intiqaam (Resistance And Reprisals), May-August 2003)

2003 Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi shot outside her home in Baghdad Would die 3 days later

2003 Funeral for SCIRI head Ayatollah Baqir al-Hakim turned into anti-US occupation demonstration in


(Musings On Iraq review The Triumph of the Martyrs, A Reporter’s Journey into Occupied Iraq)

2004 Zarqawi aired video of beheading American Eugene Armstrong kidnapped in Baghdad

2004 Sadr faction released 15 Iraqi National Guardsmen it kidnapped

2004 US and Iraqi forces raided Sadr’s office in Najaf arresting two aides

2006 US commander in Iraq Gen Casey gave his support to Anbar Awakening

(Musings On Iraq The 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 Chief judge in Saddam’s trial removed by cabinet for saying Saddam was not a dictator

2006 Intel report to Def Sec Rumsfeld Iraq breaking up more Iraqi politicians stuck in ethnosectarian


2006 Head of Iraqi police training Gen Peterson said Iraqi govt Interior Min nor Badr Brigade involved in

running death squads in Baghdad They were Part of US policy not to blame Maliki govt

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

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

2006 Report Pentagon public opinion poll found 75% of Sunnis supported insurgency Up from 14% in


2006 Report PM Maliki attempting political deal with Sadr to deal with Mahdi Army Same time objecting

to any US raids on militia

(Musings On Iraq The Life Of Nouri al-Maliki An Interview With Journalist Ned Parker)

2007 US arrested member of Iranian trade delegation to Sulaymaniya who was commander

of Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force Ramadan Corps Nasr command 1 of 3 regional commands to run ops in Iraq including smuggling weapons and training militias Pres Talabani objected and demanded his release

(Musings On Iraq 5 Revolutionary Guards Members Let Go By U.S.)

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2007 2 Ayatollah Sistani aides assassinated in Basra and Diwaniya 4 other aides killed in Najaf from June

            to August Other followers threatened and went into hiding

2008 Dhi Qar police chief warned Special Groups returning to Iraq from Iran via Maysan and Dhi Qar

2010 Iraq and Turkey signed deal to stop KRG from exporting natural gas to Europe Aug KRG

signed contract with German company to build pipeline to Europe’s Nabucco pipeline Never happened

2012 Integrity Commission said ruling parties put intense pressure upon it to stop corruption

investigations Said some staff had been murdered

(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 Dep PM Mutlaq said that PM Maliki agreed to suspend Accountability and Justice Commission

charges against university professors Happened after 140 professors charged with Baathist ties by Higher Educ Min Was concession to Mutlaq after no confidence vote

2013 Iran brokered Sulaymaniya agreement to try to unite PUK leadership divided since Pres Talabani

became ill Didn’t work

2014 Report Govt took money from Development Fund for Iraq to fund war because no budget

passed Fund had $10 bil Was down to $3 bil

2014 9th op started to clear Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr dist

2015 Human Rights Watch Tikrit freed Apr Hashd from Badr Ali Akhbar Brigades Asaib Ahl Al-

haq Kataib Hezbollah Saraya Khorasan Jund al-Imam looted and destroyed at least 1425 buildings afterward in Tikrit Dour Albu Ajeel Alam Arrested around 200 people 160 disappeared Sunni volunteers destroyed buildings in Alam After Amerli freed Dec 2014 was also looting and destruction of homes by Hashd PM Abadi promised to bring Hashd under state control afterward but didn’t Apr cabinet said Hashd part of ISF and under PM’s command Feb Qais Khazali said Salahaddin ops were for revenge for Camp Speicher massacre

(Musings On Iraq Human Rights Watch Finds Iraq Government Forces Destroyed Tikrit Area After Its Recapture)

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

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

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

2017 Ana in west Anbar attacked by Iraqi forces

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Forces Continue To Advance In Anbar While Preparing For Shirqat And Hawija)

2017 Former Salahaddin Governor Jabouri released under Amnesty Law Was convicted of stealing public


2017 2 former Diyala governors were found guilty of manipulating contracts and stealing funds in absentia

2017 Turkish Pres Erdogan threatened sanctions on KRG if went ahead with independence


(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 State Dept told KRG it should accept intl community’s alternative to independence


2018 KDP said it wanted Iraqi presidency Later dropped idea Allowed PUK to maintain


2020 Report 40 km gap between Iraqi forces and Hashd in northeast Diyala Exploited by IS

2020 Report Activists fleeing southern Iraq and moving to KRG due to threats and assassinations

by Hashd

2020 Protesters burned house of MP in Dhi Qar after activist kidnapped day before by Hashd and


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