Thursday, February 2, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 2 PM Sadr said new Anglo-Iraq Treaty would not be ratified due to opposition Came after 1000s protested against it



1920 General Haldane made commander in Iraq Told to draw down troops to save money for


1920 UK India Office official Sir Hirtzel wrote head political officer in Iraq Wilson that an Arab

administration under British control should be established in Iraq 

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

1948 New Sadr govt said it would not ratify the Anglo-Iraq Treaty 1930 Anglo-Iraq Treaty still in effect

1960 Islamic Party and Liberation Party applied to register as political parties

1970 Iraq went to UN over Shah placing troops on border after coup he backed vs Pres Bakr failed

1987 Iran Op Karbala 5 withdrew from bridgehead on Iraqi Fish Lake defensive line 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)

1998 Israel began public relations campaign to allay public over Iraq Israel Defense Force chief of

staff said Israel would deter Iraq from attacking

2002 William Kristol told Senate invading Iraq would transform Middle East

(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)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Losing Iraq, Inside The Post War Reconstruction Fiasco)

(Musings On Iraq review The Assassins’ Gate, America In Iraq)

2003 Sec State Powell and his deputy Armitage went to CIA to go through Iraq intel to use in his UN

speech Powell decided to use 3 intercepts of Iraqi officers perhaps talking about hiding WMD and intel on Zarqawi in Kurdistan CIA Dir Tenet told Powell no intel Saddam directly involved with Zarqawi Powell decided to claim Iraq giving sanctuary to Zarqawi

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the New Generation)

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

2004 Sec State Powell told WashPost if he knew Iraq had no WMD his decision on Iraq invasion would

have been different

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld claimed Iraq Study Group head Kay’s Senate testimony Iraq had no WMD

stocks proved White House case

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

(Musings On Iraq How The Administration Reversed Itself On Finding Iraq’s WMD)

(Musings On Iraq review Hoodwinked, The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War)

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

2004 Bremer and UK Rep Greenstock met with Barzani and Talabani to convince them of federalism

included in Transitional Admin Law Kurds objected to federalism by provinces but by region so KRG maintained

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

2005 Report Assyrians in Ninewa Plains accused Kurds of stopping them from voting in Jan 30 election

2005 Bush said US in Iraq to create a democracy that could defend itself and was not a threat to its


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

(Musings On Iraq review Overreach, Delusions of Regime Change In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Future The aftermath of regime change)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review The War Within, A Secret White House History 2006-2008)

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

(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2007 US Natl Intel Estimate ISF lacked training equipment skills to replace US forces If US withdrew in

12-18 months violence would increase in Iraq

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

War, 2003-2006)

2007 Def Sec Gates and Joint Chief head Gen Pace said Iraqis behind schedule in sending troops to

Baghdad for Surge Said only 55-65% of promised troops were in Baghdad

2007 Report Mar 06 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid told Def Sec Rumsfeld Iran’s Quds Force

arming militias Aug 06 Dep chief of ops at Joint Chiefs Gen Barbero said Iran funding and arming militias Sep 06 Dep chief of staff of intel at Multi-Natl Force Iraq said Iranian explosives found with militias Gen Abizaid said US found weapons that probably came from Iran Said Hezbollah training militias in Iran 1 report 150 Quds Force and Iranian intel officers in Iraq Dec 06 US arrested 2 Quds Force members at Hakim’s home meeting with Badr’s Amiri Jan 07 5 Iranians arrested in Irbil Gen Odierno said Iranian weapons were captured

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

(Musings On Iraq Iran’s Policy Towards Iraq)

2008 Bombing 2 markets in Baghdad killed 99 wounded 145

(Musings On Iraq review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)

2008 Accountability and Justice law passed to replace deBaathification legislation

(Musings On Iraq New DeBaathification Law)

2008 Interior Min Bolani said large drop in Saudi foreign fighters coming to Iraq

(Musings On Iraq The Saudi Role In The Iraqi Insurgency)

2009 Sheikh Hamid al-Hayes said he would burn Ramadi if Islamic Party won election in Anbar

Said he would start a tribal war against the party

2009 Report Lowest voter turnout since 05 Jan 05 election 57% voted Dec 05 76% voted 2009 51%


2010 Health Min said it arrested 2 rings of nurses who were kidnapping babies at hospitals and selling

them to another country 1 ring in Baghdad Other in Kirkuk

2011 Report Interior Min inspector general said it was returning $20 mil to central govt for buying fake

bomb detectors Ministry said senor officials had been sent to court over issue

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Interior Ministry Finally Deals With Fake Bomb Detectors)

2011 Report Sadrists said PM Maliki illegally arresting its followers Blamed Army’s 11th Div in Baghdad

Army said arrests were legal with warrants

2012 Electricity Min Aftan said power problems would be solved in 2014 Didn’t happen

2012 Report Statoil wanted to sell stake in West Qurna 2 field to Lukoil Thought Iraq too risky Statoil

and Lukoil won auction for West Qurna 2

2014 Al Qaeda publicly renounced ties with ISIS

(Musings On Iraq review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)

2014 Report Problems within PUK leadership Jan 2014 Dep Sec Gen Barham Salah resigned Got into

dispute with Kosrat Rasul and Hero Ibrahim over Tehran Agreement that made Salah supervisor of party

2016 State of Law MP criticized Central Bank of Iraq dollar auctions Finance comm said 57% of oil

revenues went to dollar auctions Said 80% of money went to corruption Said private banks were buying up dollars at auctions at expense of wider economy Many dollars were then smuggled out of Iraq using forged invoices

2018 Pentagon Inspector General reported 9 Abrams tanks sold to Iraqi army ended up with Pro-Iran

Hashd groups Some captured from IS others not

(Musings On Iraq Pentagon Finally Realized Tanks It Sold To Iraq Ended Up With Pro-Iran Hashd Groups)

(Musings On Iraq General Dynamics Withdraws Technicians Over Pro-Iran Hashd Possessing Abrams Tanks)

2019 Jordan signed deal to deliver electricity to Iraq Iraq would provide oil in return

2019 Pro-Iran Hashd fired rockets at US advisers at Al-Asad air base in Anbar

(Musings On Iraq Pro-Iran Hashd Brigades And Now Israeli Strikes Making A Joke Of PM Mahdi’s Claims Iraq Neutral In Regional Conflicts)

2020 Sadr issued statement saying protesters blocking roads should be arrested and Education Min should

punish students and teachers on strike

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

2020 Sadr spokesman said movement would impose peace upon protests and work with ISF Said that

saboteurs had to be expelled from demonstrations

2020 Sadrists tried to clear a bridge in Baghdad occupied by protesters but failed Attacked demonstrators

in Basra and Nasiriya who were against Allawi’s nomination as PM Tried to take over protest square in Karbala

2020 Human Rights Commission member said 543 protesters killed since 2019

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

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

2022 Report Front group affiliated with Kataib Hezbollah claimed to have launched drone attack on Abu


2023 Report Total told staff to withdraw from Iraq after talks over $27 bil deal fell apart

Total CEO met with PM Sudani who demanded Iraq get 40% stake in deal Total said no Total was to develop Ratawi oil field in Basra Develop natural gas from 5 oil fields in Basra Build water treatment plant for oil fields Build solar power system

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