Monday, January 23, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Jan 23 Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigned Said didn’t think Iraq had any WMD

(David Kay)


1920 British cabinet decided Iraqi oil would be developed by a public company Foreign Secretary Curzon

overturned decision

(Musings On Iraq review The Modern History of Iraq)

1920 UK Foreign Secretary Lord Curzon decided Turkish Petroleum Company would keep its oil

rights in Iraq signed with Ottomans

(Musings On Iraq review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)

1948 More protests against Anglo-Iraq Treaty leading to fights between Communist and

Independence party 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)

(Musings On Iraq A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzen)

1970 33 conspirators in coup against Pres Bakr executed

1986 Iraq carried out air raid on Kharg Island Iran’s main oil terminal

(Musings On Iraq review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)

1987 Ali Khamenei said Iran would not negotiate with Iraq as long was Saddam in power

(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 dumped 400 mil gallons of oil into Persian Gulf to try to prevent US retaking Kuwait

1991 Bush said air strikes would destroy Iraq’s nuclear program

1991 Coalition decided air campaign had to focus on Iraqi air shelters and destroy Iraqi air force

1999 NSC counterterrorism dir Clarke said US was right to bomb factory in Sudan because

connected to Al Qaeda and Iraq WMD experts

2003 Iraq Defense Ministry ordered that if Baghdad were to fall all govt buildings were to be looted

and burned

2003 Mukhabarat document called for looting and destruction of property if Saddam were


2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice wrote NY Times OpEd Iraq hiding its WMD programs from UN inspectors and

tried to buy uranium for its nuke program Reference to Iraq-Niger deal Didn’t happen

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

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

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

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

2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld said that Iraq had WMD and ties to terrorism were one threat

2003 Under Sec Def Wolfowitz said Iraq had WMD and time running out for it Said Iraq

didn’t make truthful weapons declaration Iraqi defectors said Iraq had mobile WMD labs Didn’t exist Said Iraqi govt threatening scientists not to talk to UN inspectors

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

2003 White House released document saying Iraq hiding its WMD and tried to buy uranium for its

nuke program Reference to Iraq-Niger deal Didn’t happen

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2004 Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigned saying didn’t think Iraq had any WMD stocks or large

programs since 1980s Said Iraq destroyed its WMD after Gulf War due to inspections and unilateral actions Kay resigned because group was going to be diverted from finding WMD to fighting insurgency

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

2004 In response to Iraq Survey Group head Kay resigning and saying there were no WMD White

House said it believed Iraq had WMD and it would be found

2005 Zarqawi called candidates in Jan 05 election demi-idols Said those who voted were

apostates and could be killed Claimed elections US plot to empower Shiites

(Musings On Iraq U.S. Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter 15 – Transformation IN A Time Of War, January-April 2005)

2006 Report Iraqis going to Jordan jumped from 200-250/day from 2004-05 to 1,100/day in Jan 06

as people were fleeing violence

2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Sheikh Kharbite’s house in Ramadi of Albu Khalifa tribe and

member of Anbar security council

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

2007 Bush State of Union outlined the Surge

(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)

2007 US colonel said mortar rounds and mines with Iranian markings from 2006 were found

in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq A History Of Iranian Weapons Shipments To Iraq Interview With Arkenstone Blog’s Galen Wright)

2008 ISF Ninewa campaign began to secure Mosul

2008 20,000 pound bomb went off in Mosul Killed 15 wounded 132

2009 Report Lots of stories of parties trying to buy votes by handing out food gifts etc

2010 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq kidnapped US contractor Issa Salomi which it swapped for 4 of its

members held in prison

(Musings On Iraq More Information On League Of The Righteous Kidnapping Of American Contractor)

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

2010 Report Diyala Sahwa told to abandon posts by commanders due to Maliki govt crackdown

Sahwa sheikh claimed 425 Sahwa and 25 senior leaders had been arrested by govt on charges they belonged to ISI

(Musings On Iraq More Sons of Iraq Integrated While Others Walk Off The Job In Diyala)

(Musings On Iraq Government Tries To Disarm Diyala Sons of Iraq)

2011 Report found prison at Camp Honor Baghdad Prisoners held incommunicado No lawyers

Torture Facility was under direct command of PM Maliki

(Musings On Iraq New Complaints About Iraqi Prison Abuse)

2013 Report After 08 PM Maliki presented himself as Iraqi nationalist Tried to appeal to Sunni voters by

confronting Kurds over disputed areas Lost that when went after Finance Min Issawi Turned to more explicitly Shiite agenda

2013 Report Iraq tried to improve contracts to become more competitive Iraq often had long delays in

loading oil tankers 1 buyer said Iraq didn’t make enough concessions Basra Light oil was more expensive than Saudi oil

2015 Hashd destroyed four mosques in Muqdadiya Diyala after operation there

2017 Report Head of South Gas Company said wanted to triple exports of liquified petroleum gas

(LGP) and double export of gas condensates LGP exports supported to go from 30,000 tons to 100,000 tons in 2017 Gas condensates from 200,000 cubic meters to 400,000 cubic meters Iraq started exporting gas liquids in 2016 Most gas still flared

2017 Report PM Abadi ordered investigation into ISF and Hashd for kidnapping and abusing

civilians during Mosul campaign Al Jazeera showed video of police executing 3 men Amnesty Intl said Hashd carried out systemic abuse Nothing happened

2019 Report Head of Abu Saida dist central Diyala said most villages in south part of dist

under IS control Said ISF constantly targeted Said 4 villages used as IS bases Diyala police chief denied story

2019 Report Supreme Court ruled articles of Iraqi National Oil Company law unconstitutional

Cabinet would have to amend bill

2020 Iraq ranked 17th most corrupt country in Transparency International’s annual

Corruption Perceptions Index Year before was ranked 18th most corrupt

(Musings On Iraq Iraq Continues To Rank In Bottom Of International Corruption Index)

(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)

2020 Gunmen did drive by shooting targeting Basra city protest site

2020 Amnesty Intl ISF resumed deadly attacks on protesters Started Jan 20 when 10 killed in

Baghdad Basra Karbala Diyala Jan 21 3 killed in Baghdad Jan 22 2 more killed in Basra Jan 21-22 ISF tried to break up Basra protests

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

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

2021 New militia group Alwiya Alwaad Al-Haq took responsibility for drone attack upon Riyad,

            Saudi Arabia

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Becoming A Regional Force For Tehran)

2023 PM Sudani fired head of Central Bank of Iraq over devaluation of dinar Scapegoated because dinar

pegged to dollar which was increasing due to Fed Reserve raising interest rates to fight inflation in US

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