Sunday, March 26, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 27 Saddam said he was going to get a nuclear bomb with help of the Soviets so he could go to war with Israel



1918 British took Haditha

1922 General Haldane commander of UK forces compared Iraqis to children

1924 New parliament met for 1st time to ratify Anglo-Iraq Treaty write constitution write law for

parliamentary elections Was lots of opposition to treaty Some wanted to amend treaty which UK rejected

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Democratic Moment)

1933 New parliament met PM Gaylani presented program to reform every part of govt Impossible

to accomplish

1959 Communists protested demanding death sentences be applied for opponents of Qasim

(Musings On Iraq review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)

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

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

1975 Barzani and KDP leadership entered into exile in Iran after Shah ended support

1979 Saddam told Baath meeting that Iraq was going to get a nuclear weapon with help of Soviets so he

could go to war with Israel 

1979 Saddam believed having a nuclear bomb would allow a conventional war of attrition with Israel

that could cost 50,000 Iraqi casualties

1979 Saddam discussed with advisers how to punish countries that backed Sadat’s peace treaty with


1981 Start of second attempt by Islamic Conference to negotiate ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War

1982 3rd phase of Iranian Op Fath began to take Fakkeh strategic crossroads to Maysan Saddam ordered

4th Corps to retreat from Shush in face of Iranian attack

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

1984 Iraq used French Super Etendard jets for 1st time to attack Iranian shipping Hit a Greek ship in

Persian Gulf carrying Kuwaiti oil that was helping Iraq pay for the war

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

1986 Iraq launched attack in Penjwin Sulaymaniya Pushed Iranians back to border

1988 Iran Op Bait al-Moqaddas 4 started aimed at Darbandikhan dam

(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)

1988 Iraq dropped chemical bombs for 2nd day on Karadagh Kurdistan 64 killed 210 wounded total

during Anfal Campaign

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Anfal Campaign And The Destruction Of The Kurdish Opposition)

1991 2nd day fighting between Iraqi forces and peshmerga on Khanaqin-Jalawla road Diyala

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

1991 White House spokesman said that US had made no promises to Shiites or Kurds and US public not

interested in getting involved in an Iraqi civil war

(Musings On Iraq review Out Of The Ashes, The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein)

(Musings On Iraq When The US Helped Start A Rebellion In Iraq That It Didn’t Want)

(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)

(Musings On Iraq Remembering The 1991 Uprising In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Saddam’s View of Iraq’s 1991 Uprising)

1991 4,700 Kurds fled 91 uprising for Turkish border

1995 Fighting between KDP and PUK killed 100 in Irbil

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

1996 UN Resolution 1051 set up monitoring system for Iraqi imports-exports under Oil for Food


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

1998 UN inspectors went to 8 presidential sites Iraq allowed entry to Were all sanitized and nothing there

Iraq then said inspectors couldn’t come back

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Rejection Of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD And 2003 Invasion)

2003 Coalition ground forces commander Gen McKiernan ordered halt to operations to regroup forces

2003 U.S. forces entered Samawa, Muthanna and encountered fierce fighting by Fedayeen Saddam

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

(Musings On Iraq US Army History of Iraq War Vol 1 – Chapter The Invasion of Iraq)

2003 Iraqi forces began withdrawing in Kirkuk Looting started

(Musings On Iraq interview with Petit of 173rd Airborne Bgd on operations in Kirkuk)

(Musings On Iraq How Did Kirkuk Become Such A Divisive Issue? A Portrait of The City In


2003 Iraq Def Min reviewed war Told US capturing transportation hubs attacking multiple targets at

same time Report ignored by Saddam

2003 ORHA had meeting of all 4 postwar planning groups to come up with unified plan for Iraq Didn’t

happen Groups had all been created separately within Bush admin with no coordination between them

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

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 4 Staging in Kuwait)

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


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

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Dysfunctional Democracy)

(Musings On Iraq review Hard Lessons, The Iraq Reconstruction Experience)

2003 Dep Sec Def Wolfowitz told House of Reps committee Iraq oil would pay for reconstruction

(Musings On Iraq Irqi Oil Would Pay For Reconstruction)

(Musings On Iraq Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction’s Hard Lessons Chapter 13 Restarting Oil Production)

2003 USAID disaster response team entered Um Qasr, Basra to assess humanitarian situation in city

2003 Pres Assad called on Arab countries to stand up against US invasion

2003 Iraqi govt claimed 350 civilians killed in Coalition air strikes during invasion

2003 Opposition Leadership Council statement said Iraqi army should join the opposition That Council would form provisional govt and then national assembly

2004 Report sent to Washington that after examination 2 trailers found during invasion were not mobile

WMD labs as originally thought

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

2004 Marine patrol hit by IED leading to 36 hr gunfight in Fallujah Prelude to 1st Battle of Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review The Battle for Fallujah, Occupation, Resistance and Stalemate in the War in Iraq)

2007 Anbar council said no oversight of border crossings and 40% of tariffs stolen due to corruption

(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)

2007 ISI killed al-Dhari head of 1920 Revolution Brigade in Anbar after he refused to give

it allegiance

(Musings On Iraq Spiritual Leader To Iraq’s Insurgency Harith Dhari Dies In Exile)

2007 2 car bombs killed 152 wounded 200 in Tal Afar Ninewa

2007 Report fighting between Islamic Army and 1920 Revolution Brigades vs ISI in Anbar and Abu

Ghraib and Taji areas of Baghdad over tactics and ISI trying to dominate insurgency Also splits in Diyala

(Musings On Iraq The Demise But Not Death of Al Qaeda In Iraq)

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

2007 US Mil intel report that Iranian intelligence working with Badr and Mahdi Army to assassinate

Industry Ministry officials

(Musings On Iraq Badr Organization A View Into Iraq’s Violent Past And Present)

2007 Report 1st EFP attack Aug 2003 Aug 05 Natl Sec Adv Hadley said Iran probably behind EFP attacks

Oct 05 UK Amb to Iraq said Iran giving aid to militias to attack UK forces Apr 06 EFP attacks began increasing then dropped start of 07 Bush admin struggled over what to do about attacks Decided upon raids and media briefings EFPs supplied by Iran and Hezbollah

(Musings On Iraq How Iran Used Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFPs) To Influence events In Iraq)

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

(Musings On Iraq on Iran training Iraqi militias)

(Musings On Iraq Overview of Iran’s Influence In Iraq)

(Musings On Iraq Hezbollah’s Role In Iraq)

2008 UK reported ISF suffered bad intelligence and bad planning and had to change Charge of Knights

op Also reported Iraqi Special Forces had failed to take any of their targets and had to withdraw Mahdi Army controlled most of Basra

2008 Fighting between ISF and Mahdi Army continued in Basra Kut Diwaniya Amara Spread to Dhi

Qar Mahdi Army fired mortars at 2 neighborhoods in Baghdad and Green Zone Fighting in 2 of Baghdad’s neighborhoods Basra police chief escaped suicide car bomb Mahdi Army kidnapped spokesman for Baghdad Ops Command

2008 Electricity Min said most power plants in south stopped working after attacked by mortars and

gunfire due to govt fighting Mahdi Army

2008 Report Basra Ops Commander Gen Mohan wanted to wait 3 months to build up forces and strategy

to take on Mahdi Army but PM Maliki started early Warnings about fighting spreading throughout south Iraq were ignored by Maliki

2008 Sadr called for talks to end Charge of Knights PM Maliki said no publicly but talks were going on

in Najaf Iran mediating

2008 US general arrived in Basra to coordinate with ISF Set up drones to take out Mahdi Army mortar


2008 US told that PM Maliki did not want US advisers in Charge of Knights just US firepower

2008 Pipeline in Basra blown up cutting exports by 1/3

2008 Presidential Council approved General Amnesty Law as part of reconciliation Allowed release of

thousands of prisoners

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Amnesty Law)

2009 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Austin said Iraq would ask US forces to stay in Baquba, Mosul and

Basra to help with security after deadline for US troops to leave cities PM Maliki didn’t ask

2009 Study US occupation and insurgency destroyed education in Fallujah 35% of children were

illiterate and couldn’t write Only 20% passed school exams in 08

2012 Baghdad hosted Arab Summit marking major move back into Arab politics

2014 Islamic Party accused ISF of being involved in killing civilians in Buhriz, Diyala

2014 Report Education Min said students who passed religious exams at schools run by Shiite Muslim

Endowment would be equal to exams at regular schools

2015 Tikrit operation re-started after US airstrikes requested by PM Abadi

(Musings On Iraq Divisions Over Iraq War Exposed In Victory In Tikrit)

2015 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq claimed US told IS about airstrikes beforehand Said Coalition was trying

to save IS in Tikrit Claimed US bombing ISF

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

2015 Report PM Abadi told Hashd they should be cooperating with govt and ISF to take Tikrit

after many factions said they withdrew due to US involvement Ayatollah Sistani gave sermon saying Hashd should work with Abadi and ISF Hezbollah Nujaba said it might target Coalition planes for taking part in Tikrit op

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi and Hezbollah al-Nujaba)

2016 ISCI and Kurdish Alliance complained that Abadi not consulted with them over his reforms Kurds

said they would not submit any candidates for ministries unless govt completely changed Said didn’t know why ministers had to be changed in 1st place

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

2016 Sadr went into Green Zone to start his own sit in protests Was trying to dictate PM

            Abadi’s reforms

(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 Mass grave found in Jalawla Diyala Thought to be peshmerga executed by IS Another mass

grave found in Sadiya where 100 civilians went missing

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq said that US should be excluded from Mosul battle because committed

crimes Came after US airstrike killed over 200 civilians

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

2017 Joint Ops Command said investigation into Mosul bombing found IS responsible Put 130

people into house and car bomb went off outside False story Over 200 civilians killed in US airstrike

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 162, March 27, 2017)

2018 PM Abadi met with Turkish PM Yildrim about PKK Abadi said Iraq would not let any foreign force along its border with Turkey Claimed ISF was in control of all of Iraq when had no control of border Abadi rejected any incursions by Turkey

(Musings On Iraq Political Posturing By Iraq And Turkey)

2018 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq threatened to attack Turkey if it violated Iraqi territory

2018 PM Abadi attacked media for its coverage of IS Claimed repeated fake stories that helped IS

2019 Warrant issued for ex-Ninewa Gov Akoub after he was dismissed for ferry sinking

Accused of corruption

2021 Pro-Iran Hashd gave ultimatum to PM Kazemi to take action against US for Feb airstrikes

against Hashd

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