Monday, February 6, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 6 Bakr govt put down protests led by Dawa killing 16 Arrested 2000 including Ayatollah al-Hakim


1919 Gertrude Bell met with Naqib of Baghdad who said he wanted British rule in Iraq under Sir Percy Cox

Warned that Shiites should not be trusted Said didn’t want any of the Sharifan family to rule because were not from Iraq

(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)

1977 Bakr govt put down Shiite protests led by Dawa killing 16 and arresting around 2000 Ayatollah

Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim and others arrested

(Musings On Iraq Interview with Lowy Institution’s Shanahan on history of the Dawa Party)

(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’ite Movement in Iraq)

1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr began Attacked Fakkeh area heading for Maysan in central front with 30,000

troops Iraq detected op before it started

(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 Jordan’s King Hussein condemned Saudis for letting Arab land be used to attack Iraq during Gulf


1992 Consignment of ping pong balls from Vietnam to Iraq blocked by US UK France Japan in UN

sanctions committee

(Musings On Iraq review Invisible War, The United States And The Iraq Sanctions)

1999 Guardian reported that Dec 98 Iraqis met with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Claimed Iraq offered bin

Laden asylum False story

2001 US and UK launched largest air strikes on Iraq in 2 yrs to destroy fiber optic communications

system Iraq trying to install

2002 Sec State Powell told Congress White House considering all options on Iraq but that regime change

had been US policy and would be good for region

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

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


2002 CIA officials told NY Times Iraq not taken part in any anti-U.S. terrorism since 1993 attempt on

ex-Pres Bush

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

Sectarian War of 2006)

2002 US intel officials told NY Times 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague False Story

2003 PM Blair met with Blix and El Baradei Blix warned that unresolved issues from 1990s such as Iraq

claiming it destroyed its WMD without documenting it may not exist Blix told Foreign Min Straw that he believed Iraq had WMD programs

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 4.3 Iraq WMD Assessments, October 2002 to March 2003)

2003 Bush said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda relationship going to back to 1990s Said Iraq gave bomb

making forgery and WMD training to Al Qaeda Came from tortured Al Qaeda operative who later recanted story

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

2003 UK Foreign Sec Straw wrote Attny Gen Lord Goldsmith challenging need for 2nd UN resolution to

go to war with Iraq

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

2003 Pentagon memo on postwar Iraq justice system Said US needed to deploy 4,000 police or 3,000

international police to assure law and order Said military had no plans for that Asked if US was going to train a new Iraqi police force Estimated that would cost $700 mil the first year Asked if that money was available

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


(Musings On Iraq American Negligence In Iraq Or How The United States Failed To Plan For Security The Country Part One Of A Two Part Interview With Jerry Burke Former Advisor To The Baghdad Police And Interior Ministry)

2003 Press revealed most of UK intel dossier on Iraq trying to hide WMD was plagiarized from a journal


2003 NYTimes Washington Post USA Today editorials all said Sec State Powell’s UN speech convinced

them of Iraq threat

2003 US envoy Khalilzad met with Turkmen Front Kurds Turks to try to make deal between Ankara and

Kurds to facilitate using Turkey for invasion

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

2003 Turkish parliament voted to allow US military to upgrade ports and facilities for troop deployment

2004 New UN Rep Brahimi arrived in Iraq Immediately began consultations with Iraqis to see whether

elections possible that year

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

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

2004 Bush announced Silberman-Robb commission to look into U.S. pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD after

none found

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

2004 Report DIA said CURVEBALL intel on Iraq mobile WMD labs was questionable in 02 Never

passed to rest of intel community Labs didn’t exist

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

(Musings On Iraq Look Who The LA Times Dug Up – CURVEBALL)

(Musings On Iraq Story of CURVEBALL And Iraq’s Mobile Biological Weapons Labs)

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

2006 US Iraq Amb Khalilzad said US talking to Iraqi insurgents in Anbar Syria Jordan Anbar Sheikh

Fahadawi assassinated for taking part in talks

2007 PM Maliki told Al Hayat that ISF penetrated and needed to be purged Claimed ISI was weak due to

divisions and govt had penetrated group and found out its organization and leadership

2007 PM Maliki said govt had not started new security plan in Baghdad well and was hurting standing

with public ISF commanders said some units slow to deploy to Baghdad Getting army and police to cooperate a problem

2007 Iranian diplomat detained by Iraqi police commandos and accused CIA of torturing him after his


2007 Bremer testified to Congress 1st time Questioned about missing $8.8 bil Bremer said money given

to Iraqi ministries but didn’t follow what happened afterward Disputed claims CPA staffed by young inexperienced Republicans Said pre-war planning bad

2008 Head of reconciliation for U.S. military in Iraq asked whether Shiite govt really wanted to reconcile

with Sunnis

2008 Report Maliki govt only spent between 4-24% of its 2006 capital budget of $2.6 bil for investment

(Musings On Iraq GAO August 2008 report On Iraq’s Budget And Spending)

(Musings On Iraq NY Times Finds Iraq Spends Even Less Of Its Budget)

2009 Report ISCI won 55% of vote in 05 provincial elections Only got 5% in 09

2010 High Judicial Council said would review unbanning of 511 candidates and legality of

Accountability and Justice Comm PM Maliki pressured court to come to decision before Feb 9 special session of parliament that was to discuss issue

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

2010 Parliament said it wanted to withdraw support for Cassation Panel after it unbanned 511

candidates for Baathist ties

2010 Iraqi National Alliance said some parties working with Baathists to return them to power

Claimed US behind unbanning 511 candidates for Baathist ties

2010 Sadrist head of parliament’s legal comm said VP Hashemi should be banned from 2010 vote

for promoting Baathism

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Politicians Stepping Up Attacks On Each Other As Elections Near)

2010 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq released video of US contractor Salomi they kidnapped in Baghdad in Jan 2010

Group demanded govt release its men from prison 
(Musings On Iraq Asaib Ahl Al-Haq From A Breakaway Sadr Militia To Defenders Of Iraq)

2011 250 protested in Baghdad neighborhood over lack of services 100 protested in Basra calling for

governor to resign Protests in Diyala Ramadi and Mosul

2015 Gulf Keystone said it would stop trucked oil export for KRG until it got paid Last payment was

in Dec 2014

2015 IS fought Naqshibandi in Hawija Kirkuk for 2 hrs 18 killed

2017 Trump had first briefing on war vs IS Asked if US should’ve taken Iraq’s oil to pay for US


2019 PM Abdul Mahdi repeated that Iraq would not take part in sanctions against Iran

2020 11 protesters killed 122 wounded in Sadrist attack on Najaf protest site Sadrists shot at

protesters in Karbala wounding 2 Tried to storm protest square there

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