Friday, December 23, 2022

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 23 Iraq-Syria border set with Deir Azzor going to latter

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1920 Iraq-Syria border set with Deir Azzor going to latter

(Musings On Iraq interview with Princeton’s Sara Pursley on Sykes-Picot and creation of Iraq)

1929 General Taha al-Hashemi made Chief of General Staff

1983 Jordan gave Iraq $125 mil line of credit to help Baghdad in Iran-Iraq War

1986 Iran Op Karbala 4 Crossed Shatt al-Arab to attack Fish Lake defensive line before Basra city

Iraq warned beforehand by intel

(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 Iraq deployed WMD munitions at three air bases

1990 Report 1980 Iraq began setting up network of front companies to buy equipment for nuclear

bomb program Main focus building centrifuges to produce uranium Program suffered setbacks

1990 Iraq distributed WMD to five locations

1998 Russia and China called for Chief UN inspector Butler to be removed for working with US

2004 UK intel did review of its 2002 reporting on Iraq’s WMD and said its assessments were all


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

2004 Fallujah was reopened to displaced to return after 2nd battle for city

2004 UK intel report 2005 elections would happen on time Assassinations and intimidation would

likely increase beforehand Hardline Sunnis would reject any new govt and continue with insurgency

2005 IMF approved $685 mil loan for Iraq

2005 Bush said 2 US brigades would be withdrawn from Iraq

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

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

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

War, 2003-2006)

2006 Report Baladiyat Zayun Ghadir Nariya neighborhoods in Baghdad almost all Shiite now 400

Shiite families fleeing Baquba settled in Nariya and New Baghdad Iraqi army helped Shiite families move into Adil Mahdi Army moved into Sabi al-Bour north Baghdad to secure it Public Works Ministry proposed land grants to victims of Saddam and insurgents in 6 Sunni towns known for being insurgent bases Was believed to be move by Maliki govt to move Shiites into those areas

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

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

2007 Shootout in Baghdad’s Dora between Sahwa and Mahdi Army

2007 Dep Natl Sec Adv Hussein said that if Sahwa continued would lead to civil war with militias

Said half of Sahwa were insurgents and contacting Baathists

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

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

2007 Report US said Maliki govt promised $155 mil for job programs for sahwa Govt

actually had no plan for how to use money

2008 El Salvador announced it would withdraw its troops by end of 08 Had been deployed since 03

2008 Outgoing Speaker Mashadani praised reporter for throwing shoe at Pres Bush and PM Maliki

2008 Sadr said he would not support any party during 09 elections but back independent candidates

2008 Iraq signed $80 mil contracts to survey and improve Basra ports Wanted to increase oil

production to 6 mil/bar/day and oil exports to 5 mil/bar/day by 2018 By 2018 Iraq would only avg 3.4 mil/bar/day in exports

2008 Report With violence down Maliki govt was trying to get professionals to return 200,000 had

left Iraq since 03 30,000 medical professionals fled after 05 Less than 1,000 had come back

2008 Report VP Cheney threatened to destroy reputation of head UN weapons inspector Blix and

head of Intl Atomic Energy Agency El Baradei if they didn’t find WMD before 03 invasion

(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)

2009 Protest in Pirmargrun Sulaymaniya turned into a riot after mayor said population didn't

appreciate his improvements to the community People complained about corruption and lack of services Asayesh and riot police called out

(Musings On Iraq Anti-Government Protests In Both Southern and Northern Iraq)

2009 Protests in Karbala and Anbar against Iranian troops occupying Well No 4 in Fauqi oil field in


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

2009 Chilcot Inquiry Gen Viggers UK military representative in Baghdad said UK had no idea

what Iraq was like before invasion Said didn’t do much planning or research Sir Ricketts UK Foreign Office official said US thought Iraq would be fine after invasion Had no real postwar plan Led UK to create its own planning group but did little Dept of Intl Dev against war so didn’t do planning After invasion Blair govt didn’t hold any meetings on postwar Iraq Sir Sheinwald Blair’s foreign policy advisers said UK had no plans for Basra and didn’t want to control it 3 UK officials said CPA and Bush Admin didn’t listen to its suggestions

2009 Report 2008 Integrity Comm only made 97 convictions for corruption 135 cases were stopped

by senior officials with Oil Ministry stopping the most 1,552 cases dropped because of amnesty law

(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)

2009 Pres Talabani told US officials that Saudis were blocking Iraq’s outreach to Arab world

2009 Report ISI conducted 3 massive bombings in Baghdad on 8/19/09 10/25/09 12/8/09 Deadliest

since 2007 Killed 362 Wounded over 1233 ISI wanted to destabilize Iraq and rally Sunnis behind it

2011 Report Allawi said PM Maliki acting like Saddam Said confessions of VP Hashemi were made up US

asked Hashemi and Maliki to reconcile Asked Maliki to withdraw warrant

2011 1000s protested against PM Maliki in Samarra and Baiji in Salahaddin and Ramadi and Qaim in

Anbar over warrant for VP Hashemi

2011 Fmr chief of staff to Pres Talabani said that PM Maliki had paranoid personality driven by his years

of exile Said Maliki always thought there would be a coup against him and afraid of Baathists

2011 PM Maliki adviser said that Fin Min Issawi suspected of connections to terrorism Sadrists would

not go along with his removal

(Musings On Iraq Is Iraq’s Finance Minister Next On Maliki’s Hit List?)

2012 Univ of Sulaymaniya professor said KRG oil dependent Said officially 15% unemployment in KRG

Said were many govt workers who only got jobs to bring down unemployment numbers Were 650,000 govt workers Said half of them did nothing

2012 1000s protested in Fallujah against warrant for Finance Min Issawi Called for PM Maliki to step


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

2013 Sheikh Sulaiman said tribes would protect Ramadi protest site against Maliki govt

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

2013 Anbar Ops Command outside Ramadi hit by mortars in new insurgent offensive

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

2013 ISF arrested 7 protest leaders in Samarra Came after PM Maliki claimed IS exploiting protests

2015 Report Jun 2014 only a few 100 insurgents seized Mosul 1000s of Baathists helped IS during

summer offensive seize Salahaddin and Kirkuk after Mosul Baathists and ex-Saddam era soldiers believed they could regain power by working with IS Jan 2014 was meeting of Baathists in Mosul that formed council to work with IS Baathist Naqshibandi and Mujahadeen Army both helped IS take Mosul Made deal Baathists would get Mosul and IS would get other cities August 2014 IS rounded up 6 Baathist leaders and executed them claiming part of coup Baathists Naqshibandi Mustafa Army Mohammed Army Al Fadayeen all split with IS 

2015 Report Nov 2014 Jalawla Diyala freed Town empty of people Only Peshmerga in town which

Kurds claim as part of disputed areas Mayor said $100 mil needed to rebuild town Kurds claimed Arabs supported IS Arabs said Peshmerga destroyed homes Peshmerga cmdr said Arabs would never return to town and wouldn’t allow Iraqi govt back either

2016 KRG Trade Min said dealings with foreign business down 35% in last 3 yrs due to KRG

financial crisis Most investment projects halted

2017 PKK said it was creating its own region in Qadil northern Kurdistan

2019 ISF cmdr said 108 abandoned villages in Ninewa and 25 in Diyala with 1000s

displaced due to IS attacks Said IS targeted mayors and collaborates Govt wanted to arm 50 villages in Ninewa against IS but nothing happened

2019 Protests in Dhi Qar Qadisiya Karbala Najaf Babil Baghdad Basra City Um Qasr West

Qurna oil field stormed

2020 spokesman said KRG couldn’t pay govt salaries for Nov and Dec unless Kazemi govt

sent monthly budget payments KRG asked for 6 months of salaries from Baghdad Kazemi said would only provide 2 months of salaries

2020 Report Hashd would get 2.4 tril dinars in 2021 budget Was more than Justice Foreign Affairs

Culture Water Planning Transportations Ministries and more than Ninewa Dhi Qar Najaf Diwaniya combined

2020 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq cmdr and 3 other members arrested for rocket attacks on Green Zone  

Nothing happened to them Would start threats and protests by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq

2020 Trump threatened Iran after attack on Green Zone Said rockets came from Iran Said if one

American killed US would retaliate

2021 Dhi Qar governor resigned after protesters shot

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