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This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 18 UN inspectors said no WMD found at sites listed by US



1914 US consulate report UK forces in Basra under constant harassment by tribes

1928 Parliament dissolved PM Sadoun called for new elections hoping for new parliament to back his govt so

he could renegotiate conscription law, fix finances and pass new Anglo-Iraq Treaty

1947 Police arrested Jusuf head of the Communist Party along with other leaders as part of another

crackdown by PM Said

(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)

1948 New Anglo-Iraq Treaty published Led to 3 day strike and major protest in Baghdad led by

opposition parties Part of Wathba/Great Leap

1966 Iraqi army withdrew after heavy casualties from campaign against Kurds

(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)

1981 Saddam accused Iran of getting US spare parts despite US embargo

1981 UN Envoy Palme warned that superpowers might get involved in Iran-Iraq War

1987 Iran ended 1st phase Op Karbala 5 seized western bank of Shatt al-Arab Iraq suffered 17,500

casualties Iran 20-30,000

(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)

1991 Iraq fired 5 SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and 3 at Haifa, Israel

1991 Iraqi terrorist tried to blow up US ambassador’s house in Indonesia in retaliation for Gulf


1993 US UK and France carried out air and missile strikes on Iraq for not cooperating with UN

inspectors 21 killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

1996 Iraq agreed to talk about UN Resolution 986 that would create Oil For Food program

2003 UN inspectors said sites named by US as WMD facilities had been looked at and nothing


2003 Report Saudis attempted to get Saddam to go into exile to avert war

2003 Report 1987 Iran set up committee to organize Iraqi opposition Put ISCI in charge of Iraqi

POWs during Iran-Iraq War ISCI criticized Gulf War Called on Iraqis to oppose foreign forces and create Islamic rule in Iraq Dawa called on army to overthrow Saddam 1991 Islamic Action Org blamed US for not targeting Saddam during Gulf War 1992 opposition held meeting in Vienna Led to creation of INC as umbrella group 1992 another opposition meeting in Salahaddin Kurdistan 1998 US passed Iraq Liberation Act INC got money from US 2002 opposition meeting in London Opposition met with US in Aug 2002 ISCI decided to work with US to get rid of Saddam

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s Ethnosectarian Quota System)

2004 Bremer memo to Def Sec Rumsfeld Argued US should take action against Sadr

2004 Truck bomb hit US headquarters at Republican Palace Baghdad Killed 20 wounded more

than 100

2005 Bishop of Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul kidnapped

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq killed Sheikh Mohammed Sadiq al-Battah in Baghdad Head of Albu Chlaib

tribe in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)

2007 Baathist leader Izzat al-Duri offered to reduce insurgent attacks upon US forces if US went

after militias

2008 Fighting broke out between Soldiers of Heaven and Iraqi forces in Nasiriya and Basra Over 300

killed and wounded Group claimed persecution by PM Maliki Govt claimed they were Baathists in attempt to cover up fighting

2008 Gen Dubik in charge of training said ISF lacking in personnel equipment weapons logistics and

would need U.S. help for up to a decade

2008 Iraqi Accordance Front said that Accountability and Justice law met their demands and willing to

            end boycott of cabinet Wouldn’t happen until July

2009 Report PM Maliki removed Wasit police chief after Dawa member accused police of tearing

down Dawa election posters and putting up Iraqiya ones Warrants issued for officers but not followed through with ISCI run Wasit council rejected new chief

2010 KRG said it was willing to talk with Baghdad about oil Said it would publish deals it

signed with foreign companies in 2009 something Baghdad had demanded KRG wanted to restart its independent oil exports Kurds demanded that Baghdad pay the oil companies in KRG In return KRG would share profits from exports Maliki was trying to win over Kurds to get 2nd term

(Musings On Iraq Talk Of Renewed Kurdish Oil Exports)

(Musings On Iraq Maliki Reaches Out To Kurds Before March 2010 Vote)

2010 Najaf council demanded that all Baathists leave province and fmr regime members would

be purged from council govt MP said there were Baathists in parliament and warned there might be more in next parliament Said banning candidates wasn’t enough Part of push by Shiite parties to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

2010 Report Many blamed Chalabi who headed Accountability and Justice Comm for banning 511

candidates from election

2010 UN asked Accountability and Justice Comm to reverse its banning of 511 candidates for

Baathist ties Commission told UN to stop interfering in Iraqi affairs

2010 Fmr UK Defense Intel analyst said that his unit always argued against certainty that Iraq had

WMD stockpiles but their opinion overturned by senior officials

2010 PM Blair’s chief of staff Powell testified to Chilcot Inquiry Said motivation for Iraq war

assumption Iraq had WMD Was not based upon intel but history with Saddam Were shocked when no WMD found after war

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

2010 VP Biden called Pres Talabani and Speaker Samarraie asking them to hold off on banning

candidates for Baathist pasts Head of Election Comm said no one was allowed to interfere in its work

2011 Suicide bomber hit a police recruitment center in Tikrit killing 54 wounded 137

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

2011 Iraq Supreme Court ruled that all independent commissions and Central Bank of Iraq were under

PM Maliki instead of parliament Directly contradicted constitution that said all commissions were under the parliament

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Wins Control Of Iraq’s Election Commission)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Prime Minister Fails To Unseat Election Commission)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)

2011 PM Maliki and KRG PM Salah said they reached agreements on renewed Kurdish oil exports

and 2011 budget Oil Min would pay oil companies in KRG for their costs Issue of oil profits not resolved

(Musings On Iraq Has Baghdad And Kurdistan Finally Come To An Agreement Over Oil Exports And The 2011 Budget?)

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad And Kurdistan No Closer To Resolving Oil Dispute)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Central And Regional Governments Reach Third Oil Deal, But Will It Last?)

2013 Report Parliament’s security comm said Kurds and Sunnis were marginalized within ISF 1 MP said

35,000 Sunnis had been affected Another MP said up to 500,000 Kurds and Sunnis affected

2014 Report Insurgents tightened control of Fallujah since took city at start of yr ISIS 1920 Revolution

Brigades Islamic Army Mujahadeen Army Rashidin Army Ansar al-Sunna Naqshibandi all in city ISIS handed out flyers Said it would impose Islamic code in city Protest leaders called for joint prayer but was ignored Police chief’s house bombed Mayor kidnapped Afterward both fled to KRG Insurgents named new mayor and police chief Insurgents checked residents to see whether connected to ISF or Awakening UN said roughly 80,000 fled Fallujah and Ramadi since fighting started

2015 Report KRG warned PKK about its actions in Sinjar Said PKK couldn’t turn Sinjar into

autonomous region under its control

2015 Report KDP attacked PKK for having meeting with Yazidis on Mount Sinjar Ninewa Claimed

PKK told Yazidis they should have self-rule KDP said that PKK was running Sinjar dist Sinjar used to be under KDP control Reason why opposed to PKK

2016 Report KRG said it would pay half of teachers’ salaries from Sep 2015 Other half would be

paid sometime in future Workers at KRG Educ and Health depts in Sulaymaniya went on strike for not being paid

2016 Report PM Abadi wanted to reduce cabinet and govt positions due to financial crisis brought on

by drop in oil prices Wanted to cut cabinet to 18 ministers Wanted to cut independent bodies by 50% Wanted to reduce number of general managers and inspector generals Abadi already cut ministries from 33 to 22 Wanted to merge some ministries Supported by Sadr Abadi originally said these were political reforms

2017 Report ISF captured IS docs in Mosul Said some members didn’t want to fight anymore Some

asked to be sent to Syria

2018 Report Shiite Turkmen named as new mayor of Tuz Kharmato Kurds did not take part in vote Came after over a yr of fighting and disputes between Kurds Arabs and Turkmen in dist

2018 Report PKK said it created its own region in Qaindil Mts of KRG Said KRG was neglecting area KRG said area was illegal Problem was KDP had good relations with Turkey so objected to PKK

2018 Report Iraq signed memo of understanding with BP to work on Kirkuk oil fields Oil Min wanted to boost production

2018 Report Electricity Min started trying to bill people for use again Head of Dhi Qar council said most people thought bills unfair Electricity Min hired private companies to run electricity in certain areas 2017 Iraq spent $13 bil on power and collected $1 bil in bills Were protests against billing in Basra Maysan Dhi Qar

2019 Report People fleeing Khanaqin Dist Diyala due to IS attacks Last 16 days 10 attacks in

Khanaqin and Jalawla Over 20 villages empty of people

2019 Report UN said Abdul Mahdi govt wasn’t fulfilling promises to help displaced Govt

hadn’t provided all the aid promised and hadn’t sped up reconstruction

2020 Front group for pro-Iran Hashd called for revenge for US killing Hashd leader Abu

Muhandis and Iran’s Quds Force Cmdr Gen Suleimani Said US would be targeted

2020 Report Iraq War Crimes Documentation Center said 5 protesters killed and kidnapped

in Baghdad Dhi Qar Karbala Said Hashd kidnapped one activist in Baghdad Another person kidnapped in capital Protester killed by riot police on Baghdad bridge Hashd shot and killed protester in Karbala Activist’s house in Dhi Qar bombed Said 669 protesters had been killed since 10/1/19 Documented 30 assassinations

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

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

2020 Report Hashd created list of journalists that covered protests in Basra city 2 journalists

assassinated 1 of them posted on Facebook that journalists facing arrests and criticism from Iran for reporting on demonstrations 3 Hashd units took pictures of journalists and put them on lists

2021 Head of PUK bloc in parliament said KRG would export 250,000 bar/day of oil for Baghdad

as part of budget in return for monthly payments It didn’t sell the oil

2021 Report Foreign Min Hussein said rocket attacks on Green Zone embarrassed the govt Said

people were arrested for some of the attacks Asked Iran to help stop rockets Warned US might take action if its embassy was hit

2022 Report Coordination Framework under pressure from Iran to remain united and not give into

Sadr’s demands Iran warned Framework what it could lose if excluded from govt Sadr was demanding Maliki be shut out of govt Maliki had largest party within Framework

2022 Hashd called for protests against PM Kazemi’s order for Hashd to withdraw from Ninewa

Plains Hashd already ignored order by PM Abdul Mahdi to do leave

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