Tuesday, February 7, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 7 Report Trump said PM Abadi and Iraqis he met at White House were greatest group of thieves he’d ever met



1916 British withdrew from Butaniya and attacked by tribesmen British suffered 373 casualties Arabs


1920 War Min Churchill wrote there were far too many British troops in Iraq than could be sustained

and therefore a new Iraq policy should be created

(Musings On Iraq Churchill In His Own Words On Mesopotamia/Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)

(Musings On Iraq review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)

1921 Gertrude Bell wrote that Shiites were mad that they were not in govt and govt wanted to remain all


(Musings On Iraq review The Shi’is Of 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)

1924 UK Colonial Sec Thomas wrote British air power was effective way to control rebellious tribes in


1939 PM Said headed Iraqi delegation to London Conference on Palestine Believed Iraq could end

Palestinian issue Won support from pan-Arab officers

1941 Germany told Italy it was thinking of arming Iraq and was going to give money to Mufti of

Jerusalem who was living in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq review Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq review Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq And Syria 1941, The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

1959 Former Dep PM Arif sentenced to death by Qasim govt after being sent away as Amb to Germany and

secretly returned to Iraq

1959 National Democratic Party minister Hadid and Hammud offered resignations over Gen Qasim

failing to implement democratic reforms Qasim refused resignations

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1959 Qasim formed new cabinet Gave 3 ministerships to officers and 8 to civilians Was meant to

counter Arab nationalists

1968 General de Gaulle met President Arif in Paris and signed arms agreement

1983 Iranian Op Fajr al-Nasr aimed at Maysan Got to outskirts of Fakkeh  but forced to withdraw

(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)

1987 Iraqi counterattacks vs Iran Op Karbala 5 recaptured 20sqkm 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)

1991 Sec State Baker told Senate US would not help with any rebuilding in Iraq as long as

Saddam in power

1992 Report presidential campaign renewed Bush’s wish to overthrow Saddam CIA Dir Gates went to

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss plans

1998 Fmr Bush Nat Sec Adv Scowcroft said he wished the 91 uprising never happened because he

wanted a military coup to remove Saddam

1998 Clinton said any military strike on Iraq would not be to depose him but to degrade his

            missile and WMD programs

2001 CIA report to Congress no evidence Iraq reconstituted WMD program since 1990s

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

2002 Gen Franks presented revised Iraq invasion plans to Bush at White House

(Musings On Iraq review Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)

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


(Musings On Iraq US Army History Of Iraq Vol 1 – Chapter 2 Regime Change)

2003 Pres Chirac called Bush saying there were alternatives to war with Iraq Said if war happened France

would help with reconstruction

2003 US officials pushed back against Sec State Powell’s UN speech Told Wash Post Zarqawi connected

to Al Qaeda but not part of group

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

2003 UK admitted paper on Iraq deception campaign over its WMD was plagiarized from journal article

2003 State Dept memo warned of serious problems in postwar Iraq and possible security vacuum after

war Were told military couldn't spare troops to ensure security

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


2003 Pres Mubarak’s son Gamal visited Bush saying Saddam might want to go into exile in Egypt

2003 State Dept gave translated copies of Iraq-Niger uranium deal to CIA Were not considered important

to case Iraq restarted nuke program so docs not analyzed Niger story fake

(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)

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

2004 Sec Def Rumsfeld said Iraq war Saddam’s fault for his deception and defiance

2004 Bush and VP Cheney said Iraq war justified because Saddam could have made WMD Gave up

argument he had them

(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)

2005 Insurgents complained to Newsweek that Zarqawi was trying to hijack insurgency and opposed his

attacks upon Iraqi civilians

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2007 Report Jan 07 Sec State Rice said her dept ready for civilian surge in Iraq Feb told Sec Def

Gates would need 6 months to find personnel and train them Asked military to fill 1/3 of 350 civilian spots on Provincial Recon Teams Infuriated Pentagon

(Musings On Iraq How The Civilian Surge In Iraq Didn’t Quite Meet Its Mark)

2008 UN reported surge in refugees returning to Syria over Said most returned to Iraq not because Iraq

safer but because couldn’t afford to live in Syria Now more Iraqis leaving Iraq then returning Intl Org for Migration said only 20-30% of returnees able to return to homes 50% unemployed and no govt aid Some become displaced

(Musings On Iraq review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)

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

(Musings On Iraq January 2009 U.N. Report On Iraq Refugee Returns)

2008 Report Mahdi Army had systematic strategy for taking over Sunni areas of Baghdad Started with

assassination of businessmen and community leaders Tried to co-opt Shiite residents before launching full attack upon area

2008 Islamic Party head Samarrai said the Anbar Salvation Council had no support and backed

insurgency in 2007 Part of dispute for control of Anbar govt between Islamic Party and Awakening

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

2008 Report ISCI persecuted Sadrists in Diwaniya Kicked out 300 Sadrist families form city

2008 Report Sadrists moved into Interior Min and local police in 2006 Gave Sadrists legal cover and

freedom of movement Collaborated in sectarian attacks on Sunnis Officers had to confiscate phones before ops otherwise would warn Mahdi Army

2009 Report Iraq offering jobs to former Saddam era soldiers Meetings began in Jordan

2010 Report Army was still in Salahaddin blocking govt from working PM Maliki sent army to block

new Salahaddin governor from taking office

2010 Election Comm said campaign in 2010 election delayed until Feb 12 so that

deBaathification crisis could be resolved

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

2010 Election Comm 1st agreed with unbanning 511 candidates and that they should be able

to run in 2010 vote Then agreed with Accountability and Justice Comm that candidates still banned

2010 PM Maliki said Baathist crimes wouldn’t go unpunished Focus of his 2010 re-election


2010 State of Law governor of Baghdad announced deBaathification drive Head of Baghdad

council said they would create deBaathification comm State of Law organized protests in Basra and Baghdad against Baathists and US

(Musings On Iraq Appeals Court To Go Through Banning Cases Before Iraq’s March Election)

2010 Basra and Najaf govts said they would expel Baathists from govts Dhi Qar and Babil

fired ISF for Baathist ties Muthanna began arresting govt workers for Baathist ties Part of drive by Shiite parties to make Baathists main issue of 2010 vote

(Musings On Iraq Campaigning Officially Begins IN Iraq As Hunt For Baathists Spreads To The Local Level)

2010 ISF arrested Diyala provincial council member as part of PM Maliki crackdown vs

Iraqiya before 2010 election Claimed he was connected to terrorism Released for lack of evidence

(Musings On Iraq The Fate Of Najm Harbi, Winning Iraqi National Movement Candidate In Diyala)

2012 Report Iranian currency traders scammed traders in Sulaymaniya out of $4 mil Said was done by

Iranian govt to get around sanctions Bought dollars with forged Iraqi dinars and then sent dollars to Iran

2012 Report State Dept planned to slash staff at US Embassy in Baghdad Largest staff in world Before

Obama admin said needed large staff to help after US military withdrawal Now couldn’t get around Iraq because lack of security with military gone Embassy spokesman said it would hire more Iraqis and contractors to cut costs PM Maliki had to personally approve all visas which held up US personal arriving into Iraq Analyst said State had unrealistic view of what it could do in Iraq without US military Thought it could monitor disputed areas Could visit projects around Iraq ISF started arresting US contractors

2013 Report Fmr govt spokesman Dabbagh accused PM Maliki’s son of involvement in corrupt Russian arms

deal Also said Maliki’s aides involved

2015 Another Iran Rev Guard member killed in Samarra fighting IS

2018 Badr leaders met with mayors sheikhs and local leaders in Baaj dist Ninewa Said wouldn’t

allow any IS families to return Dist had 13,000 people Only 1,000 returned

2018 Report 2017 Trump met Iraqi delegation at White House said “most accomplished group of

thieves he’d ever met” Was because Trump thought US should've taken Iraqi oil to pay for Iraq War

2019 Report 2019 budget included 27% increase in spending from 2018 Had 24% increase in

govt salaries Violated IMF loan agreement that required halting pay raises

2020 Report Human Rights Comm said 543 protesters killed 266 killed in Baghdad

2020 Sadr spokesman said Interior and Defense Mins had to take control of Iraq or it would

be lost Said had to deal with saboteurs corrupt and infiltrators Was talking about cracking down on protests which Sadr recently abandoned

2021 Protest in Dhi Qar over kidnapped activist Protester shot by gunmen in Nasiriya

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