Saturday, January 21, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 21 Trump said if US had taken Iraq’s oil IS might not have been created Said US still had chance to take Iraq’s oil



1916 Battle of Hanna Defile British attacked Ottomans but failed 2,741 British casualties

Was defeat in British effort to relieve siege at Kut

1941 Regent asked PM Gaylani to resign Refused with backing of pan-Arab Golden Square officers

Foreign Min Said resigned instead

1948 Protest against police killings day before Were met by police who killed 2 more College

faculties resigned in protest Demonstrations against new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Part of Wathba/Great Leap

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

1948 Regent held emergency meeting of royal court Dep PM Baban said police shot at protesters

in self defense Blamed Communists for all problems National Democratic Party’s Chadirchi said govt needed to realize opposition to new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Regent asked Dep PM Baban to ask PM Jabr to return from UK Jabr dismissed protests

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1948 Regent announced new Anglo-Iraq Treaty did not help Iraq and it wouldn’t be passed

1970 Pres Bakr announced failed coup by army officers and a special tribunal would

            try the plotters 44 later executed Accused Iran of supporting coup

1970 Imam Khomeini started lectures in Najaf outlining his concept of vilayat al-faqih

1987 Saddam sent letter to Iran Said he didn’t claim any Iranian territory and wanted peace deal

Asked Iranians to challenge Khomeini’s right to rule

1987 Iran captured Duaija east of Basra city Iraq launched 2 counterattacks but repulsed 1500 Iraqi


1987 Iraq suffered 10,000 casualties in Basra during Iran Op Karbala 5 leading Saddam to call for


1988 Iran launched 2nd naval attack on al-Amiq oil terminal in Basra

(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)

1993 Iraq declared ceasefire with Coalition over not allowing UN weapons inspectors into country

Demanded US review no fly zones

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

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

1995 CIA set up base in Kurdistan to collect intel on Iraq Ahmed Chalabi presented fmr Gen

Samarriea who’d been in charge of military intel and his plan for a coup Chalabi added his revolt idea to it

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

(Musings On Iraq review The Man Who Pushed America To War, The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi)

(Musings On Iraq review Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War)

1999 SCIRI rejected any US aid

2002 Weekly Standard OpEd by Robert Kagan and William Kristol called for Iraq to be attacked as

next step in war on terror

(Musings On Iraq review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review The Road to Iraq, The Making of a Neoconservative War)

(Musings On Iraq review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)

2003 Bush said that Saddam was not interested in disarming and that time was running out on Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)

(Musings On Iraq review The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein, Deciding on Conflict)

2003 PM Blair said 2nd UN resolution not necessary for use of force against Iraq

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

2003 DeptSecState Armitage spoke at US Inst of Peace saying US tried to avoid war but Iraq not

accounted for its WMD

2004 VP Cheney said there was overwhelming evidence Iraq and Al Qaeda connected

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

2004 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz memo Argued ISCI best partner for US amongst Shiite parties Claimed it

could be weaned from Iran

(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq War Vol 1- Chapter 11 The Gathering Storm)

2005 Knight Ridder analysis Violence in Iraq increased after every US benchmark such as capture

of Saddam handing over sovereignty etc

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

2006 KDP and PUK made new power sharing agreement splitting up posts in KRG

2007 2 officials claimed that US had convinced PM Maliki to stop protecting Sadr and Mahdi

Army Wasn’t true

2007 Report Abu Dura leading militia leader in Baghdad Thought to have killed 1000s of

Sunnis Killed 1 of Saddam’s lawyers Ran ambulances to kidnap Sunnis Fought in Mahdi Army in Najaf in 2004

2008 Fighting continued in Basra Nasiriya Diwniya for 3rd day between ISF and Soldiers of Heaven 200

casualties in Basra alone

2008 Report Civilian deaths down from around 3000 in Nov 06 to 700 in Dec 07 Attacks down 60% by

Dec 2007 Was not around same level as early 2005 Ethnosectarian deaths down from 2200 in Dec 06 to 200 in Nov 07

2008 Suicide Bomber killed Awakening leader Sheikh Issawi in Fallujah

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

2009 1st NSC meeting in Obama admin President said he wanted to withdraw from Iraq but

preserve successes Wanted 3 options for Iraq policy

2009 Samira al-Jassim called Mother of Believers arrested Accused of running ISI suicide bomber

cell Accused of training 80 women to carry out attacks 28 did so

(Musings On Iraq The Rise of Female Suicide Bombers0

(Musings On Iraq Motivations Behind Female Suicide Bombers)

2009 New poll of Iraqis 23% said would vote for PM Maliki’s State of Law 12.6% Iraqiya 11.4%

ISCI Asked who would be best premier PM Maliki 23% Allawi 17% Jaafari 10%

2009 Report Water Min said rain and snow down 1/3 Signed agreements with Turkey and Syria on

water flow down rivers to Iraq

2010 Report Iraq reconciliation committee held talks with insurgents and Baathists in Jordan

UAE Syria Before Maliki had criticized US for similar talks Came as Maliki and Shiite parties were campaigning on banning Baathists before 2010 vote

(Musings On Iraq Is The U.S. Negotiating With Baathists?)

2010 Secretary general of cabinet passed resolution calling for Accountability and Justice Comm to

end work since never approved by parliament

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

2010 Protests in Basra and Najaf in favor of banning candidates for Baathist ties Part of drive by

Shiite parties to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

2010 PM Maliki dismissed Salahaddin Governor Alawi Day before Maliki had army take over

Salahaddin govt building Army officer in charge of running province

(Musings On Iraq Struggle Over Control of Salahaddin Province)

2010 Sir Omand PM Blair’s security coordinator told Chilcot Inquiry that claim Iraq could deploy

WMD in 45 mins was just asking for trouble Said if all UK intel on Iraq was made public it wouldn’t have impressed anyone Said intel was shaped to make case for war and that was a mistake Believed UK security establishment had group think that stopped them from questioning whether Iraq had WMD Blamed Blair’s Communications Dir Campbell for plagiarizing college student’s journal paper on Iraq and releasing it as official document

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

2011 Report Sadr went back to Iran after being in Iraq for only 2 wks

2011 3 bombs hit Shiite pilgrims during Arbayeen

(Musings On Iraq review The ISIS Reader, Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement)

2011 Report Many believed insurgency was based upon fmr Baathists and ex-ISF Was actually large

group of young Salafis who grew up in 1990s and networked Many arrested by Saddam Carried out small attacks vs Saddam regime Salafis brought the x-Baathists into their groups not other way around

2012 Interview with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq’s Khazali Said his group was nationalist Islamic resistance

movement Said committed to fighting US and forcing them out of Iraq Claimed over 6000 attacks on Coalition Said it shot down UK helicopter in Basra in 06 Bombed US base in Baghdad in 06 Attacked US security HQ in Karbala in 07 and kidnapped 7 US soldiers Admitted to kidnapping 5 Brits in Baghdad Released Brits in return for 285 members being released from prison Said disagreed with Sadr and blamed him for disputes Said didn’t want to be part of corrupt govt imposed by US Said Iran supported it

(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2014 NGO warned that 5,000 had been forced from their homes in Baghdad Diyala Ninewa Basra

Reports gunmen threatened and forced Shammar tribe to flee Baquba Diyala ISIS forced 300 families out of province Shabaks targeted in Mosul Sunnis threatened and attacked in Basra in retaliation for terrorist attacks in rest of Iraq

(Musings On Iraq Forced Displacement Returns To Iraq Part II)

(Musings On Iraq Security Going From Bad To Worse In Iraq)

2017 Report Trump gave speech at CIA HQ Said if US had taken Iraq’s oil IS might not have been

created because oil is what funded IS Said US might have another chance to take Iraq’s oil Trump said US should’ve taken Iraq’s oil several times during his campaign

2018 Federal Court ruled election date could not be changed Would happen 5/12/18

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections Set For May 12, 2018)

(Musings On Iraq interview with IRIS-Chatham House’s Mansour on 2018 elections)

2020 3 protesters killed by ISF blocking highway in Baghdad Protest camp in Basra city

shot at again

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