Tuesday, January 10, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 10 3 Iraqi exiles told Bush US forces would be greeted with sweets and flowers if they invaded Iraq

(White House)


1917 British failed at 2nd attack upon Ottomans at Khadairi Bend outside Kut

1921 Gertrude Bell letter said if British had created Iraqi state 2 years ago there would have been no

1920 Revolt and blamed High Commissioner Wilson

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell And Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq movie review Letters from Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Desert Queen, The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia)

1963 Gen Qasim offered amnesty to Kurds if Barzani laid down his weapons

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

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

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

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

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1981 Iran accused Iraq of using napalm and chemical weapons on Ahvaz Iran in south

1981 Iranian reinforcements arrived at Susangard in central front Op Hoveyzeh ended with only

minimal gains Iranian clergy avoided blame for failed offensive by blaming its rival Pres Bani Sadr who was commander of military Iranian attacks in Diyala scared Saddam that road to Baghdad would be open Saddam replaced and executed commanders in Diyala as a result

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

1984 Iraq announced plan to build oil pipeline to Jordan’s Aqaba to secure new outlet for oil

exports during Iran-Iraq War

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The Iran-Iraq War Interview With Author Anthony Tucker-Jones)

(Musings On Iraq The Iran-Iraq War Interview with Author Tom Cooper)

(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)

1991 Congress began debate on Bush’s request to use force against Iraq in Kuwait

1993 Iraq began entering demilitarized zone along Kuwait border to retrieve equipment UN

Security Council warned of serious consequences unless Iraq stopped

2001 Clinton Def Sec Cohen briefed Pres elect Bush on Iraq said Saddam contained and strong

action vs Iraq would cause problems in region

2003 US official said Iraq was deceiving the IAEA about its nuclear program

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

2003 Bush met with 3 Iraq dissidents Rend Francke Hatim Mukhlis Kanan Makiya Bush said he

thought Iraqis could have a democracy Mukhlis told Bush all Iraqis wanted Saddam out Makiya said removing Saddam would change US’s image in region Makiya told Bush that US would be greeted with sweets and flowers in Iraq Mukhlis told Pres Bush if US troops didn’t win support of Iraqis Iraq would turn into Somalia in 2 months 

(Musings On Iraq “We Will Be Greeted As Liberators” Why The Bush Administration Saw Iraq As A War Of Liberation)

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review What Happened, Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception)

2003 NYTimes article IAEA challenged aluminum tubes story that they were for nuke program

Energy and State Depts thought they might be for rockets CIA DIA NSA White House said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges UK didn’t think tubes for nuke program White House official told NYTimes Iraq was spinning IAEA after it said aluminum tubes were not for centrifuges Were for rockets

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

2004 4 days of protests started in Kut Wasit over lack of jobs

2005 Bush said that U.S. would stick with January 30 election date for Iraq

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Endgame, The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from

George W. Bush to Barack Obama)

2005 Ukraine announced it would withdraw its 1650 troops from Iraq after 8 soldiers killed in


2005 Zarqawi’s forces assassinated Baghdad’s deputy police chief and his son

2007 Bush and PM Maliki individually announced troop Surge in Iraq US would send 17,500

additional troops to Iraq Keep 4,000 Marines in Anbar Ask for $5.6 bil for extra troops $1.1 bil for reconstruction and Provincial Reconstruction Teams Expand advisers for ISF PM Maliki said he would commit $10 bil for reconstruction Send 3 brigades to Baghdad Allow US to pursue militias Reform cabinet

(Musings On Iraq Inside The Surge An Interview With Prof Peter Mansoor Former Executive Officer To Gen Petraeus)

(Musings On Iraq Reassessing The US Surge, And Recognizing Iraqi Agency In Ending The 2005-2008 Civil War In Iraq An Interview With New America Foundation’s Douglas Ollivant)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Savage on US reconstruction effort in Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq How The Civilian Surge In Iraq Didn’t Quite Meet Its Mark)

(Musings On Iraq review Reconstructing Iraq’s Budgetary Institutions)

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

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

2007 PM Maliki spokesman Dabbagh in response to Human Rights Watch report that Interior Min

was protecting militias said that not all the ISF were loyal to the govt

2008 Amb Crocker and Gen Petraeus said that US no longer expected Iraq to reach benchmarks Said

Iraqis could solve their own problems now

2009 Iraqi Union of Industries said 90% of industries closed since 2003 Said 36,000 small and

medium companies closed Blamed cheap imports lack of tariffs electricity shortages banks not giving loans and skilled workers leaving country as reasons

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Closed Factories)

2014 Reports Oil Min said it had exclusive rights to export oil and natural gas Said companies buying

oil from KRG would face legal consequences Condemned KRG saying it would start exporting oil to Turkey without Baghdad’s approval

2015 Iranian Basij member working for Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force killed fighting

IS in Samarra Salahaddin

2017 Report IS was executing civilians and fighters in Mosul Hadn’t paid members for months

IS accused people of treason

2018 Report 5 villages in Qara Tappa dist in central Diyala abandoned due to IS Insurgents were

moving from Hamrin Mts in Diyala-Salahaddin border in NW through Diyala

2019 Report Trump said US spent $7 tril in Mideast and got nothing for it Said he wanted

Iraq’s oil as repayment Natl Sed Adv McMaster said he couldn’t do that Businessman said when Energy Sec Perry went to Iraq in Dec 2018 he told Iraqis that if they signed deals with US companies Trump admin would give them exemptions from Iran sanctions

2019 Report Some Hashd turned to crime like extortion Some blocked Sunnis from

returning to their homes saying they were IS sympathizers Parts of Babil and Diyala gone through demographic changes as a result Nov 2017 Qaim freed from IS Hashd said 1500 farms in dist were in security zone and wouldn’t allow anyone back 2019 1000s of acres of land in Qaim empty Dist under Kataib Hezbollah control Used Qaim to send fighters into Syria

(Musings On Iraq Expansion of the Hashd al-Shaabi’s influence In Iraq, Interview With Clingendael’s Erwin van Veen)

2020 Journalist assassinated after reporting on Basra protests Another journalist killed

while covering demonstrations 2 activists assassinated in Dhi Qar a 3rd survived attempt on his life

2021 4th day of protests in Nasiriya Demanded release of activist arrested Jan 7 Police used live fire

to disperse crowd Army unit arrived to protect demonstrators from police 1 policeman killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Army Intervenes To Protect Nasiriya Protesters From Police)

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

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

2021 Report KRG said it paid govt workers 8 of 12 months in 2020 Baghdad covered 36% of

those payments Skipped paying workers Apr Jul Sep Nov

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