Saturday, September 24, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 24 UN inspectors found over 50,000 docs on Iraq’s nuclear program when it denied it had such a program

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1920 British took Fallujah during 1920 Revolt

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

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

1961 Gen Qasim publicly admitted there was a Kurdish revolt but claimed it was put down Banned KDP

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

(Musings On Iraq review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

1968 Govt declared Nawruz a national holiday as concession to Kurds

1969 Barzani claimed beat back attack by Talabani forces in Panjwin area

1978 In Iran-Iraq deal Iraqi troops surrounded Imam Khomeini’s house in Najaf Told he could only stay

in Iraq if abandoned politics

1979 Iraq warned Iran to not to interfere in Bahrain after Ayatollah Rohani called on Shiites to rise up

against their Sunni rulers

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

1980 Iraq headed towards Zagros Mountains in slow advance destroying timeline for invasion which was

supposed to be a blitzkrieg Took Mehran in central front Took Sumar in Khuzistan

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1980 Iranian planes attacked 6 Iraqi bases to try to destroy Iraqi air force in the air Iraq didn’t respond

relying upon air defenses 4 Iranian planes shot down 2 others lost Destroyed 3 Iraqi planes on the ground Also bombed 2 refineries in Baghdad and Basra Damaged Iraq-Turkey pipeline

1980 Iraq bombed Iran’s Bandar Khomeini petrochemical complex and Ahwaz fuel depot

1980 Iranian Navy attacked Basra and Faw Peninsula Basra Destroyed 2 oil terminals limited Iraq’s


1980 Iran started naval blockade of Shatt al-Arab, Basra

(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 Kurd Shiite and Communist opposition parties claimed united front against Saddam

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzen)

1990 Joint Chiefs head Gen Powell briefed Bush arguing for sanctions over war with Iraq Bush said he had

to take action

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

1991 UN Inspectors found over 53,000 documents on Iraq’s nuclear program at Atheer facility but were

held for 4 days by Iraqis until they could leave During standoff US IAEA member Galluci sent important info about seized documents to State Dept

(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)

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1991 Talabani accused Iraqi army of stopping 300,000 displaced Kurds from returning to their homes

1992 Report Sec State Baker told before Gulf War Iraq importing tech for its arms programs Officials were

trying to get Baker to put export restrictions on Iraq 1985-90 Reagan and Bush admins okayed $1.5 bil in dual use equipment to Iraq Baker did nothing and didn’t change policy of improving relations with Saddam

2001 William Safire OpEd said clear link between Iraq-Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam

(Musings On Iraq Why Didn’t Bush Strike Zarqawi And Ansar al-Islam In 2002?)

2002 UK dossier on Iraq WMD released PM Blair told parliament Iraq had WMD and was producing it

Dossier said Iraq could use WMD in 45 mins That Iraq could build a nuclear bomb in 2 years Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa Said no definitive intelligence that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for nuke program Butelr Report said dossier made judgements into certainties that didn’t exist

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Sec 4.2 Iraq WMD Assessments, July to September 2002)

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2002 UK Foreign Sec Cook was surprised dossier on Iraq was mostly old WMD material

2002 CIA Dir Tenet briefed Senate Foreign Relations Comm on Iraq’s WMD Told comm Iraq rebuilding its

nuclear program Proof bought aluminum tubes Were for rockets Mentioned Niger uranium deal Never happened Sen Biden asked Tenet what technical evidence did CIA have of Iraqi WMD Tenet said none but had good human source

(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 US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The WMD Mirage, Iraq’s Decade of Deception and America’s False Premise for War)

2002 State and Energy Dept intel analysts testified to Senate Foreign Relations Comm that they did not

believe aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges Were for rockets

2003 Bremer met Bush said he was optimistic about Iraq but concerned about growing attacks Bremer

complained about Congress number of US troops quality of intel training new Iraqi forces Bush told Bremer he was too controlling and doing too much Bremer said he would work on it

(Musings On Iraq review Squandered Victory, The American Occupation And the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2003 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines warned that attacks and public anger at US growing

2004 Bush and PM Blair talked about staying course in Iraq and PM Allawi needing a professional staff

2004 Report Defense Science Board review found US didn’t have enough troops to stabilize Iraq

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

2004 US forces claimed Tal Afar cleared of insurgents

2006 Report National Intel Estimate said that Iraq war led to new generation of Islamic radicalism Said

Iraq war made terrorism worse

2008 Provincial Election Law passed allowing vote on Jan 31, 2009 by not including Kirkuk and KRG

(Musings On Iraq Election Law Passed, Now To Get People To Vote)

2008 Natl Command Center said 2000 Diyala Sahwa had been hired into police since July

and looking to recruit 4000 more Def Min said 3000 Diyala Sahwa joined army Came after arrest of Sahwa leaders in May who wanted to run in elections and raids upon Islamic Party aligned with Sahwa Part of Maliki’s attempt to divide and conquer Sahwa in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq Carrot and the Stick With Diyala’s Sons of Iraq, Or Just The Sticks?)

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

2008 Report more than half of Sahwa in Samarra unpaid by govt Out of 3000 only 730 had gotten jobs in


2008 Wasit council refused to allow PM Maliki to create Tribal Support Councils there which were part of

his patronage network

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

(Musings On Iraq Disputes Over Tribal Support Councils)

2009 US Amb Hill cable PM Maliki complained that Iran trying to control parliament Said if he

didn’t back Iran it would support militias against him Said Saudis most difficult country to deal with Saudis didn’t trust Shiites Saw them as Iranian US didn’t talk about Saudis because allies Saudis funded Sunni parties and tribes to oppose Shiite parties

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2009 State Dept cable Iraqi National Alliance under heavy pressure from Iran to get PM Maliki to

join Maliki refused

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Shiite Parties Unite To Sideline Allawi, Up Next Maliki)

2009 Report During Surge US cut all kinds of deals with Sunnis to bring down violence such as

sahwa Jan US passed control of sahwa to Maliki govt Mar ISF raided Fadhil sahwa and arrested leader

2010 Report Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani met with State of Law and Naitonal Alliance Told

them they had to pick Maliki or Abdul Mahdi for PM Told they had to block Allawi becoming PM ISCI’s Hakim blamed State of Law for delaying forming govt because would only back PM Maliki for 2nd term

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

2010 Iraqiya said they would not join any govt headed by PM Maliki Eventually did

2011 Report Dep PM Shahristani said electricity problems would end in 2013 Demand 14,000mw during

summer Iraq producing 9000mw Intl Energy Development Org said Iraq needed $12 bil to end energy crisis Said govt’s plans not enough to solve problem Said demand was 17,000mw

2012 Report Dep Speaker of Parliament Tayfour of KDP accused PM Maliki of cutting Kurds in govt and

ISF Said power sharing agreement said 23% of army should by Kurdish Said was only 4%

2013 Insurgents attacked Ana Anbar along Syrian border Seized mayor’s home

2013 ISIS issued warning to tribes to not join ISF

2013 Maliki govt asked KRG to connect its independent pipeline to Turkey with govt one so Baghdad

could control exports KRG pipeline supposed to be finished soon KRG refused

2013 Report Dep PM Shahristani said govt would cut KRG’s budget payments if started independent oil

exports Shahristani said Iraq would build 5 mooring points in Basra Each had capacity of 900,000 bar/day in oil for exports

2013 Badr said it would help with security in Baghdad and Diyala

2013 Gunmen stormed voting center in Sulaymaniya Kicked out Election Comm officials and tried to

change ballots Led to fighting between Gorran and PUK Gorran accused PUK-KDP of cheating 

2013 PUK official claimed KDP cheating in vote and that’s why it came in 3rd

2014 Report Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani and 70 Iranian Rev Guards in Irbil helping

Peshmerga Kurdish general said without Iran Irbil would’ve fallen to IS

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

2014 Report 400 soldiers SWAT Asaib Ahl Al-Haq fighters sent to retake area around Fallujah

Supply and communication cut by IS 40 killed More captured at Camp Saqlawiya in trap

2014 Report IS used 3 car bombs and a suicide bomber to try to take Baiji Refinery Salahaddin

Iraqi air force attacked insurgents to keep them at bay

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

2014 Report Residents in Dujail Salahaddin said under attack by IS and area might fall ISF in area

said not paid 3 months

2014 ISF and Saraya al-Salam said cleared 5 villages in Muqdadiya dist Diyala Report more than

100 famalies fled same areas fearing IS

2014 Salahaddin councilman asked Baghdad to investigate burning homes in Tuz Kharmato and

Amerli by Hashd

2016 Armed men tried to kidnap 2 teachers and attacked a third in Sulaymaniya Were on strike for

not being paid by KRG 2 activists released after being kidnapped

2017 Turkish PM threatened military action against KRG if held independence 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 Upon PM Abadi’s request Iran said it would stop flights to KRG over independence


2017 Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani went to Ninewa Plains to discuss KRG independence


2019 Iraq Human Rights Comm reported 3 mil Iraqis living in slums Baghdad had most slum areas of

any province with 3,000 followed by 700 slum areas in Basra

2019 Trump met with Pres Salah Trump asked if govt could control groups shooting rockets 

at Green Zone Salah said govt would take care of it and wouldn’t allow Iraq to be used by neighbors Govt didn’t stop Hashd firing rockets

2020 Report US warned Iraqi govt if attacks continued on western targets US would retaliate

against all Hashd factions Kazemi dismissed head of 30th Hashd Brigade in Ninewa that US designated a terrorist Also removed Khorasani Brigade leader from Hashd authority as concessions to US

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Factions Warned If Keep Up Attacks On Western Targets In Iraq Will Face US Retaliation)

2020 Report KRG said it would cut govt salaries by 18% not 21% Officials then said pay cuts

could go up to 50% Was due to oil/budget dispute with Baghdad

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