Wednesday, December 21, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 21 Saddam paid Carlos the Jackal and PFLP to kill Saudi and Iranian oil ministers at OPEC meeting for supporting Kurdish revolt Ministers were taken prisoners but then released



1956 Communist uprising in Al-Hay put down and leaders executed

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(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)

1969 Barzani said Bakr govt hadn’t offered any real concessions and talks were off

(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)

1975 Iraq funded attack on OPEC ministers by Carlos the Jackal and the Popular Front for the

Liberation of Palestine in Vienna Saddam wanted the Saudi and Iranian oil ministers killed because they supported Kurdish revolt They were kidnapped but released

1981 Kuwait and UAE agreed to loan Iraq $2 bil to help during Iran-Iraq War

1987 Iran launched 2nd attack in Maysan offensive

(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)

1998 Russia France Germany called for ending sanctions on Iraq

1998 Report Iraq intel officer Hijazi met with bin Laden in Afghanistan and offered him asylum False


2001 UK Def Min Hoon asked ministry for plans for military action against Iraq

2001 Vanity Fair article claimed Iraq involved in 9/11 based upon INC defector Abu Zainab Qairy

story that Iraq trained terrorists at Salman Pak Baghdad Abu Zainab had been dismissed by CIA

2001 Vanity Fair author appeared on CNN and NBC repeating his story that INC defector Abu

Zainab Qairy claimed Iraq involved in 9/11 Story false

2002 Dep CIA Dir McLaughlin briefed Bush on intel on Iraq WMD Said Iraq had precursors and

biological components Showed rocket engine test site that passed prescribed ranges Showed satellite photo of suspected clean up of chemical weapons spill Showed UAV flown 500km past UN limit of 150km CIA went over reports of Iraq having mobile WMD labs Played recording of 2 Republican Guard officers talking about removing nerve agents Said Saddam met with nuclear scientists Talked about resuming their work

(Musings On Iraq How Iraqi Defector CURVEBALL Became Basis For US Claims That Iraq Had WMD)

(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 The CIA’s Shoddy Pre-War Intelligence Reporting: The Case Of Iraq’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs))

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


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

2002 Bush Natl Sec Adv Rice and Chief of Staff Card unimpressed by CIA presentation on WMD

CIA Dir Tenet said case was a “slam dunk” Admin had been making assertions about threat of Iraq’s WMD and when presented with facts Bush didn’t believe the case

2003 Massoud Barzani article said Kurds would take regional autonomy and nothing else in new

Iraqi constitution

2004 Ansar al-Sunna suicide bomber in Iraqi army uniform blew himself up inside US Mosul base

Killed 21 including 14 US soldiers Wounded 75 Led to mistrust of Iraqi army by US afterward

2004 Insurgents released 2 French reporters they kidnapped 4 months ago

2004 Center for Strategic and Intl Studies report Iraqi forces wouldn’t be ready to operate

independently until late 2006 at best

2005 Iraq Election Comm reported 10.9 mil of 15.6 mil voters participated in Dec 15 elections

Anbar vote went from 1% in Jan to 32% in Oct to 55% in Dec

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 19 The Iraqi Civil War Comes Into The Open, January-June 2006)

2005 NSC presented 10 goals for new Iraqi govt to Bush Including competent ministers fighting


2005 Report Commandos from 1st Commando brigade based in Samarra said most of the unit was from

Mahdi Army and didn’t respect their commander only Sadr

2005 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey told Bush Sunnis were disappointed in Dec 2005 election results

Could lead to increased violence

2005 Report US negotiated ceasefire with insurgents for Dec election

2006 US arrested Gen Mohsen Chirazai cmdr of Iranian Rev Guards’ Quds Force’s Dept 600 and 5

other IRGC members at Badr head Amiri’s home Chirazai and 1 other released next day under pressure from PM Maliki and Pres Talabani Other 4 turned over to Iraqis Dec 28 and released the next day

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

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

2006 8 Marines charged with executing Iraqi civilians in Haditha None were convicted 

2010 PM Maliki finally put together new govt 9 months after elections Cabinet approved by

parliament Maliki would be acting Defense Interior and Natl Sec Ministers Signed 19 point list of demands from Kurds Promised to resolve Article 140 over disputed territories and oil deals Maliki ignored demands

2011 PM Maliki TV news conference demanded KRG turn over VP Hashemi Threatened consequences if


2011 PM Maliki ordered Dep PM Mutlaq removed from office in response to Mutlaq calling for

Maliki to be replaced

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

2012 Dep PM Shahristani said KRG not meeting its export quota so Baghdad wouldn’t pay oil companies in

KRG Was supposed to export 200,000 bar/day KRG was only exporting around 5,000 bar/day

2012 Protests started in Fallujah Qaim Rutba Tikrit in response to PM Maliki issuing arrest warrant for

Finance Min Issawi

(Musings On Iraq Understanding Iraq’s Protest Movements, An Interview With Kirk Sowell, Editor of Inside Iraqi Politics)

2013 7th Div commander and leadership of division all killed by IS booby trapped house in Anbar PM Maliki

would use it as excuse to close Anbar protest sites which turned more people to insurgency

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

2013 Insurgents attacked al-Assad air base in Anbar

2015 Pres Barzani said at meeting of KDP he would talk with other parties about KRG

independence referendum

2015 Peshmerga and YPG captured Sinjar from IS

2017 Report Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on IS to fight to death in Mosul Then hardly fought in

Tal Afar Surrendered or fled in Hawija Hardly fought in west Anbar Thought strategic retreat to conserve forces and return to insurgency

2017 Pres Barzani said he knew there were people behind protests in KRG that were trying to undermine region Accused Gorran and Kurdistan Islamic Union of exploiting protests Were demonstrations over KRG not paying govt salaries

2017 2 killed 300 wounded in protests against the KRG for not paying govt salaries

2017 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali said 3 enemies US Israel Saudi Arabia Posted pictures of

him in south Lebanon saying he stood with Lebanon and Palestine after US moved embassy to Jerusalem Mar Harakat al-Nujaba said it was setting up unit in Golan Heights

2018 Protest in Basra broken up by police Protest in Baghdad

2019 Protesters set fire to govt building in Dhi Qar after activist assassinated

2020 ISF arrested Azirjawi commander of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s missile unit and 3 other members

for Dec 20 and Sep rocket attacks on Green Zone

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Kazemi Might Finally Be Standing Up To Pro-Iran Groups)

2021 KDP and PUK blocked New Generation MP from entering KRG parliament

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