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This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 13 Iran scored 2nd major victory on Iraqi territory during Iran-Iraq War seizing Faw peninsula in Basra



1940 PM Said proposed to High Defense Council declaring war on Germany Send 2 Iraqi divisions to

Libya or Balkans Was rejected

1957 PM Said told US Amb with OK of Washington and London Iraq would invade Syria and

overthrow govt that was opening to USSR

1959 Communists said they stood for Arab unity but not in a quick and simple manner Was

taking shot at pan-Arabists and Nasser who called for immediate unity

(Musings On Iraq review The Making of Iraq 1900-1963, Capital, Power and Ideology)

(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)

(Musings On Iraq Revolutionary Times, Gen. Qasim And Iraq’s 1958 Coup, Interview With Western Kentucky’s Prof. Juan Romero)

1967 Pres Arif speech declared Freedom Socialism and Unity belonged to no Party co-opting

Baathist slogans

1979 Iraq sent memo to new Iranian govt after revolution asking for friendly relations

1982 Saddam ordered new attack upon Bostan Khuzistan in south Still raining and failed again

1985 Saddam offered amnesty to Kurds that fought against govt Rejected by KDP and PUK

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

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

1986 Iran in full control of Faw Peninsula in Basra Lost 600 dead 2000 wounded Iraq 5000 dead and

wounded 1500 captured

1986 Report around 2,000 Iranian troops suffered mustard gas burns in Faw Peninsula in Basra from

Iraqi attacks

(Musings On Iraq Origins Of Iraq’s WMD Programs)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Use Of Chemical Weapons In Iran-Iraq War And Their Western Origin)

(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 Amiriya shelter in Baghdad bombed by U.S. during Gulf War 408 killed

1998 UN chief Annan said he had a personal initiative to end inspector crisis with Iraq Began consulting

with Security Council members to win approval

1998 Saudis refused to allow its territory to be used by US for air strikes vs Iraq as tensions raised over


1999 AP reported that Saddam offered bin Laden shelter after being kicked out of Afghanistan False


2002 Bush at press conference said he had a number of options for dealing with Iraq

2002 Bush admin officials told several media outlets they had decided to move against Iraq

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

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


(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)

(Musings On Iraq review Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account Of The Decision To Invade Iraq)

2003 UN announced it had humanitarian plan for Iraq working with 6 regional countries and had $30.6

mil and would ask for another $88.8 mil

2003 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks told Bush he had Iraqi mayors for each city to run things after

invasion He didn’t

(Musings On Iraq on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)

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


2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie second time over Iraq-Niger uranium deal

Denied story Never happened

(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)

2003 Turkish delegation arrived in US for talks about financial compensation and aid for involvement in

Iraq war Wanted $92 bil

2004 Insurgents attacked ISF HQ in Fallujah for 2nd day Freed 100 prisoners Killed 23 ISF Police in city

collapsed Iraqi defense forces retreated to base outside city

2004 After talks with Sistani UN endorsed Ayatollah’s call for early elections but said they couldn’t

happen as soon as Sistani wanted

(Musings On Iraq The Coalition Provisional Authority’s Inauspicious End)

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

(Musings On Iraq review Patriotic Ayatollahs, Nationalism In Post-Saddam Iraq)

2004 Report CIA review showed it relied upon too many unreliable exile sources for intel on Iraq’s

WMD Included INC defector Haideri May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA but story continued to be used

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

2005 Early election results showed that Shiite United Iraqi Alliance got 140 of 275 seats in parliament

missing majority it wanted

(Musings On Iraq review The U.S. Army In The Iraq War: Volume 1, Invasion, Insurgency, Civil

War, 2003-2006)

2005 Provisional election results released UIA 48% Kurds 26% Iraqiya List 14% 58% voter turnout

2006 Saddam returned to court on order of judge and chanted “Down with Bush!”

2007 Baghdad Security Plan under Surge began Would place US and Iraqi forces in neighborhoods set up

combat outposts and focus upon protecting population

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

2007 Report Austrian sniper rifles Iran ordered showed up in Iraq

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

2007 Al Qaeda head Zawahiri released audiotape saying Bush gambled on Iraq and lost

2008 Parliament passed Provincial Powers Act to devolve authority to governorates Never really


2008 Awakening leader Sheikh Abu Risha announced political party Iraq’s Awakening to run in 2009

provincial elections

(Musings On Iraq Anbar’s Forgotten Sheikh)

2008 Report Anbar Awakening splitting over politics Sheikh Abu Risha made deal with VP Hashemi

and Islamic Party Sheikh Suleiman accused Hashemi of attempting to take over Awakening Accused Islamic Party of working with ISI

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

2008 Report Only 10% of Sahwa started training to join ISF Govt promised 25% would join

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

2009 Asst sec gen of PUK who was also VP of KRG quit over disagreement on how to deal with

corruption within party

2010 Iraqiya suspended campaign for 2010 election after candidates rebanned for Baathist ties

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

2012 Report Australian police said that subsidiary of Leighton Intl might have paid $1.2 bil in

bribes to get contract

2012 Interior Min issued statement that emo kids were Satanists

2015 IS took large parts of Baghdadi Anbar

2016 Sadr said economic reforms needed and better govt Gave Abadi 45 day deadline and supported

his technocratic govt idea

(Musings On Iraq A Review Of Iraq Premier Abadi’s Reform Program Interview With Reidar Visser)

(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Trying To Play Kingmaker In Iraq)

2017 Report 40 bombings a month in Basra 12 music stores were bombed

2019 Report Hashd took over scrap metal business in Mosul Sell metal to KRG Did same

thing in Anbar

2019 Report Fatah gave Hashd control of one of largest state owned construction

companies Would get reconstruction contracts Hashd also involved in smuggling to Syria and Turkey

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

2020 Pro-Iran Hashd fired rockets at K1 base in Kirkuk 2nd such incident in 2020

(Musings On Iraq Tit For Tat Between U.S. and Pro-Iran Hashd Continues)

2021 Wasit police filed 80 complaints against protesters Wanted damages from activists

2022 Report When Maliki 1st became PM in 06 agreed to engage Arab world Jul 06 Maliki made

1st foreign trip Was to Saudi Arabia Met with King Abdullah who refused to meet Maliki again King called Maliki a liar and believed he was an Iranian agent Iraqis told Saudis that Maliki was working for Iran Saudis believed Shiites tools of Iran Bush and Obama failed to get Saudis to improve relations with Iraq 07 Saudis funded Allawi a Maliki rival Backed Allawi in 2010 election Maliki thought Saudis were trying to overthrow him

(Musings On Iraq review A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, The Saudi Struggle For Iraq)

2022 Report Aid groups said number of Yazidis returning to Sinjar dist in Ninewa down Turkey

has been targeting area because of PKK Yazidis killed and wounded by Turkish strikes Sinjar not rebuilt Lacked jobs and services Only 30% of Yazidis returned

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