Tuesday, December 20, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 20 Reagan envoy Donald Rumsfeld met with Saddam to improve US-Iraq ties

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1974 Govt secretly tried 25 Shiite leaders and executed 5 of them after religious pilgrimage

turned into protest against Bakr govt

1983 Reagan envoy to Middle East Rumsfeld met with Saddam as part of new US policy to

back Iraq in Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

1993 Presidential Council created in Kurdistan to try to bring KDP and PUK leaders directly into

administration Failed

2001 NYTimes article INC defector Haideri said he went to 20 WMD sites Haideri used in CIA

DIA White House reports Labeled fabricator by DIA May 02 but story continued to be used Haideri later said he made up story because INC told him to

2002 IAEA inspectors said Tuwaitha facility involved in civilian nuclear research not involved in

weapons program

(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 Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2002 CIA blocked UN Amb to UN Negroponte mentioning Iraq-Niger uranium deal in speech to

Security Council

(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)

2004 Bush said he expected violence to increase before Jan 05 elections

2005 Sunni leaders including Tariq Hashemi met with US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey Expressed anger at

election result Couldn’t accept fact Sunnis minority Claimed massive voter fraud by Shiites

2006 Report Gen Dempsey in charge of ISF training said target was 325,000 ISF by end of yr Said

National Police needed overhaul Said ¼ of them had been weeded out All 9 National Police Brigades being retrained Said goal was by Jun 07 all army divisions would be under Baghdad’s command

2006 US military turned over Najaf 3rd province to Iraqi forces

2006 Report Ayatollah Sistani backed creation of new ruling coalition behind PM Maliki that would

exclude Sadr Orchestrated by US Maliki opposed idea afraid that new coalition would oust him

2006 Bush said that US not winning but not losing in Iraq November he said US was absolutely

winning New line came from his military advisers

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

2007 Report Govt bus program to return refugees from Syria only lasted 2 trips Sunni

refugees/displaced afraid to sign up with govt for aid out of fear of retribution No process to handle property disputes after forced displacement

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

2008 Report US farm experts didn’t think Iraqi farming would recover for 10 yrs Farming ruined

Shortage of power Water system from Tigris and Euphrates Lack of seeds and livestock Lack of drainage led to salinization Cheap imports from Syria Iran Turkey Iraq did nothing about problems

2009 Iran said it withdrew its troops from Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in Maysan it occupied 2 days

later but Iraqis said they were still on Iraqi territory

(Musings On Iraq More Questions Than Answers On Iran-Iraq Oil Field Dispute)

(Musings On Iraq Disputed Oil Field Leads To Flare Up Between Iraq And Iran)

2009 Fmr dep Transportation Minister got 8 years in jail for taking bribe

(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)

2010 Report KRG said it was ready to follow budget agreement to export oil for Baghdad but had

to work out differences 1st Wanted to ensure monthly payments and Baghdad to recognize KRG oil contracts

2011 VP Hashemi gave TV speech from Irbil denying terrorism charges against him

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

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

2011 3 car bombs hit checkpoints in Karbala during pilgrimage Killed 52 Wounded 203

2011 Anbar gave Baghdad list of demands about budget and security Said if Maliki govt didn’t respond in

2 weeks Anbar would become autonomous region

2011 PM Maliki said he would replace Dep PM Mutlaq

2013 Sheikh Fahadawi’s house hit by mortars in Ramadi in spate of violence against Anbar notables

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

2014 IS attacked Baghdadi Anbar 2nd time Stopped again by Coalition air strikes

2014 Peshmerga began attack upon Sinjar town in Ninewa Army and Peshmerga began offensive

to clear Tal Afar Failed

2016 Iranian Rev Guard blamed for bombing of Kurdistan Democratic Party Iran office in Irbil

Killed 7

2017 AP est 9-11,000 civilians killed in Mosul Battle 3200 killed by Iraqi artillery mortars and Coalition air strikes Coalition claimed it killed 326 civilians in air strikes PM Abadi claimed only 1260 civilians killed in battle

2017 Gorran called for strike to pressure KRG Withdrew from cabinet and speaker of parliament Came during protests over KRG not paying govt salaries

2017 KDP MP blamed PM Abadi for protests in KRG over govt not paying salaries Accused political parties outside KRG for provoking protests

2017 Report KRG exported oil on credit Glencore advanced KRG $800 mil for oil exports to Turkey Rosneft advanced KRG $1.3 bil and $2.7 bil Litasco advanced KRG $800 mil KRG reportedly owed Vitol just under $1 bil Owed Trafigure $500 mil Owed Turkey $2 bil plus another $1.4 bil in transit fees for using Turkish pipeline Jan KRG borrowed $500 mil without informing parliament or ruling parties Report that $50 mil of loan went into a private account and Dep PM Talabani got 10% signing bonus Govt workers unpaid or partially paid for months due to KRG financial crisis

2019 Report Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani threatened Sadr to deny him entry to

Iran and Lebanon Also threatened Pres Salah and Speaker Halbusi Part of negotiations to pick new PM

2019 UN condemned continued attacks on activists Dec 8 and 15 sticky bombs in

Qadisiya and Karbala Dec 8 human rights activist survived assassination Karbala activist killed Dec 10 human rights activists assassinated Dec 14 1 activist killed 2 wounded in Baghdad

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

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

2019 Activist assassinated in Dhi Qar Led to attack on govt building by demonstrators

2020 Report Alcohol shops forced to pay bribes to Hashd or be attacked Last 2 months shops

attacked and 3 owners killed

2020 Rockets fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone Some missiles fell short and wounded a U.S. soldier

Claimed was revenge for Hashd killed in US air strike in Jan Would lead to arrests of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Dec 15-21, 2020)

2020 Report MPs said they would not allow PM Kazemi to cut govt salaries or pensions Said they

would get rid of most austerity measures Draft budget included 50% cut in govt salaries due to economic crisis

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