Sunday, January 22, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 22 Iraq set fire to 700 Kuwaiti oil wells during Gulf War



1921 Gertrude Bell wrote that British officers in Mosul province thought they could convince Kurds to

vote for Faisal as king in referendum They didn’t

(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)

1948 10,000 marched in Baghdad supporting Regent rejecting new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Part of Wathba/Great


1948 PM Jabr rejected Regent’s cancelling Anglo-Iraq Treaty Said Iraqis would understand benefits

of treaty when it was explained to them  Denounced protests

1970 3 coup plotters executed by Pres Bakr govt

1970 Iraq expelled Iranian ambassador accusing Tehran of backing 1970 failed coup

1991 Iraqi SCUD missile and 2 U.S. Patriot missiles landed on Israeli city of Ramat Gan

1991 Iraqi forces set fire to 700 Kuwaiti oil wells Coalition air strike destroyed pump that was pumping

Kuwaiti oil into Persian Gulf

2002 Dep Def Sec Wolfowitz memo to Undersec Def Feith that Pentagon was not finding intel on Iraq-

Al Qaeda links and said Sec Def Rumsfeld should get some analysis on issue

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


2003 2nd meeting of US UK Australia on postwar Iraq Little came of meeting

2003 CIA sent its report on Iraq WMD to White House to help make case for war

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

2003 CIA analyst told IAEA aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for centrifuges IAEA said they

were for rockets IAEA proved right

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

2004 VP Cheney said Iraq had mobile labs and WMD programs Inspections found no mobile labs

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

(Musings On Iraq Iraq One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)

2004 VP Cheney said overwhelming evidence Saddam linked to Al Qaeda Said Iraq behind 1993 World

Trade Center bombing Based upon Laurie Mylroie conspiracy theories

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Convoluted Iraq-Terrorism Conspiracy Theory)

(Musings On Iraq Laurie Mylroie’s Iraq Conspiracy Theory Was Debunked By Captured Baath Documents)

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

2005 Report $300 mil for arms deal for Iraqi army went missing after put on plane for Lebanon

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 17 Innovation In The Face Of War, Summer-Fall 2005)

(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)

2005 INC’s Chalabi accused Defense Min Shaalan of stealing the $300 mil Shaalan threatened to

arrest Chalabi for the charge

2006 Report 34,131 attacks in 2005 up from 26,496 in 2004 Car bombs went from 420 in 2004 to

873 in 2005 IEDs went from 5,607 in 2004 to 10,953 in 2005

2007 PM Maliki announced he would no longer protect the Mahdi Army from US raids Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)

2007 Mayor of Sadr City Daraji had 2nd meeting with UK Gen Lamb on working out understanding

with militias to prevent confrontations in district Militias were afraid of major US operation in Sadr City as part of Surge Sadrists backed Daraji’s effort

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

(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)

2008 Mahdi Army tried to kidnap PM Maliki’s national security adviser Mowafaq Rubaie in Baghdad

2008 Oil Min blacklisted companies that signed oil deals with KRG

2009 El Salvador withdrew its troops from Iraq Were in Kut Wasit since 2003

2009 Report govt workers in Basra said Fadhila intimidated them into signing Basra autonomy petition

2009 NGOs said many returning displaced lacked housing and services Received no govt aid

(Musings On Iraq Dec. 08-Jan. 09 U.N. Humanitarian Update – Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq February 2009 U.N. Humanitarian Report On Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Refugees International Report On Iraq’s Refugees and Displaced)

2010 VP Biden in Iraq said all banned candidates should be allowed to run in 2010 election as

long as disavowed Baathism Said cases should be dealt with after vote Head of Accountability and Justice Comm said no PM Maliki govt complained US interfering  

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

2010 Report of 511 candidates banned for Baathist ties 72 were from Allawi’s Iraqiya and 67 from

Interior Min Bolani’s Unity of Iraq Alliance

2010 Interview with head of PUK Peshmerga Said they would not integrate into army PUK and KDP

peshmerga would merge Would get US training and weapons 4 camps set up Never fully happened

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Divided Kurds, Political Divisions Amongst The Peshmerga Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg)

2010 Report New health study by Iraqi ministries found high levels of radiation and dioxins Included

areas in Baghdad by Tuwaitha nuclear facility and former research centers that were bombed during Gulf War and 03 invasion Scrapyards were another concern because of destroyed military ordinance Areas had high levels of cancer and birth defects Radiation thought to come from US depleted uranium munitions Dioxin affecting farm land in south Also soil contamination from attacks on oil pipelines Showed other sources of cancer besides US depleted uranium theory

2011 Report Several KRG editors and journalists had travel bans placed on them after they wrote about

Natural Resource Min lacking transparency over contracts and revenues

2011 Kirkuk made deal with Electricity Min that province would get larger power quota Would

still not meet demand Governor had cut off power line to Baghdad and kept electricity for province

(Musings On Iraq Tamim Cuts Deal With Baghdad Over Electricity Supply)

(Musings On Iraq Electricity Protests Spread To Northern Iraq)

2011 2 Babil sahwa leaders arrested for Karbala bombing that killed 34 Accused of working for Islamic Army

2012 Human Rights Watch Iraq becoming more authoritarian under PM Maliki Feb 2011 secret prison found

in Baghdad and 100s of protesters arrested May 2011 cabinet passed restrictions on protests Jun 2011 Maliki sent pro-govt protesters to Baghdad to beat up anti-govt demonstrators End of 2011 govt arrested 100s in Baathist crackdown

2012 Iraq voted in Arab League for a transition of power in Syria away from Assad

2015 Coalition air strike killed Abu Ans Samarraie IS’s governor for Anbar He was responsible for

            executing hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Leadership Losses In Iraq And Syria)

2015 Fire at contract office of Industry Ministry blocked investigation into Minister Ahmad Karbouli

2016 Badr spokesman said it wouldn’t accept Kurdish control of Kirkuk or Tuz Kharmato dist in

Salahaddin Objected to Kurds selling oil from Kirkuk Said Kurds violated constitution Hashd was recruiting amongst Shiite Turkmen to expand influence

2019 Report Ninewa govt banned journalists from going to Old City Mosul Said all stories and

photos needed to be approved by him before published

2020 Human Rights Comm said last 2 days 10 protesters killed 130 wounded 2 activists

assassinated in Basra

2021 Pro-Iran group fired rockets at Baghdad International Airport Some fell short and hit residential area

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq Jan 22-28, 2021)

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