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This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 6 Shah and Bakr govt signed agreement on Shatt al-Arab waterway Iran cut off aid to Barzani and his revolt collapsed

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1922 King Faisal threatened to end Anglo-Iraq treaty talks if term mandate wasn’t dropped

from Iraq

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

1937 Parliament created investigation into incomes of former members of PM Hashemi’s

govt Nothing happened

1959 Communist Partisans for Peace held rally in Mosul to counter rumors of possible

military coup starting there Up to 250,000 attended

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

1959 Officer in Baghdad sent to Kirkuk to talk with Col Sirri to tell Col Tabaqchali cmdr 2nd

Div to start revolt vs Qasim

1975 Iraq Iran Algeria foreign ministers met and signed Algiers Agreement to settle

            Iran-Iraq border issues Iran immediately closed its border with Iraq to trap Kurds

(Musings On Iraq review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)

(Musings On Iraq review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq & the Kurdish Question, 1958-70)

(Musings On Iraq When The Shah and Nixon Manipulated The Kurds)

1981 Iran demanded Islamic Conference Organization determine aggressor in the war

1981 Jordanian Yarmouk Force deployed with Iraqi forces in central front

1984 Iraq launched another counterattack to try to retake Majnoon Island from Iranians

during Op Kheibar Gained little

(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 Saddam appointed cousin Ali Majid Interior Minister to put down uprisings after Gulf


1991 State Dept spokesman said foreign powers should not get involved in Iraqi uprisings

following Gulf War

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

1991 Kurdish uprising started in Kol Sanjaq

(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)

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

1991 Turkey said it would send troops into Iraq to stop Kurdish independence

1992 Saddam regime suspected of car bombing in central Sulaymaniya outside Kurdish party offices

1998 UN inspectors went to Special Republican Guard and Special Security Directorate sites Inspectors were

stopped at one site while vehicles exited with docs Inspectors were then allowed in Found nothing Trying to discover Iraq’s concealment program to hide WMD

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors and CIA Spying On Iraq In The 90s)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Endgame, Solving The Iraq Crisis)

2002 PM Blair wrote article for UK paper saying Iraq had WMD and would use them

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

2002 Gen Franks briefed VP Cheney on which Middle East countries needed to be lobbied to

help with Iraq invasion before trip to region

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

Policy Tragedy)

2002 CIA held meeting on covert and unconventional warfare capabilities against Iraq

2002 US war game held on political and military implications of Iraq invasion

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

2003 Bush TV address Said time running out on UN weapons inspectors Accused Iraq of

hiding its WMD Bush said that he’d not decided on war when he had

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

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

2003 NatSecAdv Rice letter to Senator US had briefed UN on all suspected WMD sites

Didn’t give info on 21 of 105 sites

2003 PM Blair was told UK should not try to administer post-war Iraq

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

2004 Report US intel dismissed reports that said Iraq had no WMD

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

2004 Report Bush chastised Sec Def Rumsfeld over Abu Ghraib abuse scandal White House

leaked story to blame Rumsfeld for scandal Bush thought it was disaster for U.S.’s image

2006 Basra police surrounded 5 US govt workers Had to be rescued by security contractors

2006 Iraq NGO report to US said over 700 Shiite families fled neighborhoods in Baghdad

after Askari shrine bombing

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

(Musings On Iraq Columbia University Charts Sectarian Cleansing Of Baghdad)

2007 ISI attacked Badush prison in Ninewa freeing 68 prisoners

2007 Bombing in Hillah killed 120

2007 Ret Gen Keane told VP Cheney that Petraeus had re-invigorated US mission in Iraq

2008 Twin ISI bombing in Baghdad killed 68 wounded 120 Deadliest attack in 9 months

2008 Fadhila called for early elections to replace PM Maliki

2008 After Turkey’s Op Sun vs PKK in Feb 08 KRG asked Ankara to remove two army units

with 1,200 troops total in four bases that had been in Kurdistan since 1996 Turkey refused

2008 Report Mahdi Army was increasing attacks on Sahwa in Baghdad Result of Mahdi Army trying to take

over Sunni areas

2008 Report State and Defense Depts said Special Groups greatest threat in Iraq Number of EFP attacks up

in 2008 Jan 08 had most EFP attacks in over a yr Gen Odierno said Special Groups focusing on Baghdad Shaab and Ur in Baghdad Special Group centers Felt threatened by spread of sahwa into two areas One route for Iranian weapons to Iraq went through Diyala into NEBaghdad

2008 Report Dora Baghdad 3 sahwa cmdrs 1 fmr insurgent 1 fmr Saddam intel officer from Mujahadeen

Army 3rd fmr ISI Believed sahwa led to reconciliation between insurgents and US but not with Iraqi govt Mahdi Army increased attacks on sahwa in Baghdad in battle to control Sunni areas US study found no plan to create jobs for Sunnis USAID said didn’t want to be responsible for program because wouldn’t work

2008 Report National Police unit in Dora Baghdad almost all Shiite Known to go after Sunnis Of 542 police

in unit only around 200 show up Some are ghost police Have 500 weapons missing from unit Some weapons believed to be given to militias

2009 PM Maliki called for reconciliation with former Saddam era soldiers Came after talks

with former officers in Feb 09

(Musings On Iraq Baghdad’s Latest Reconciliation Effort)

2011 Report Iraq lacked basics for economic growth Suffered from oil dependency Wasn’t competitive

outside oil and gas Ruling parties controlled resources Oil/gas dependency limited investment in rest of economy Led to little incentive to develop other parts of econ Iraq should use oil revenue to increase infrastructure schools hospitals housing 40% of Iraq under 14 yrs old High unemployment and limited amount of women working Meant big production increase unlikely

2011 Independent radio station in Kalar attacked by armed men for supporting protests

Masked men set tents on fire at protest square in Sulaymaniya

(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Kurdistan Broke Up Two Months Of Protests)

2011 Report Basra official said PM Maliki no longer allowed provinces to issue permits for protests Only

Interior Min could do that now Move to stop protests

2011 Report PM Maliki had ISF shut down Baghdad offices of Iraqi National Party of Mithal Alusi and

Iraqi Communist Party

2012 Dep head of South Oil Company fled Iraq after accused of taking bribes from Leighton to get

contracts Feb Leighton told Australian authorities about possible corrupt practices in Iraq 2010 Leighton won $733 mil contract to install 3 mooring points in Basra to increase oil exports 2011 got $79 mil contract from South Oil Company to add 4th mooring point Got $158 mil contract for work on pipelines and platforms Leighton did pay bribes

2014 Transportation Min and Badr head Amiri turned around Middle East Airlines plane in

flight so his son who was late could get on

2014 Speaker Nujafi accused PM Maliki of undermining constitution and parliament Part of

election campaign

2014 Report PM Maliki aligned with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq against Sadr Reports Asaib Ahl Al-Haq operating

Diyala and displacing people Also reports it was fighting vs insurgency in Anbar

2015 Dour outside of Tikrit freed from IS

(Musings On Iraq U.S.-Iranian Rivalry Behind Iraq’s Tikrit Operation)

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

2016 Kurdish delegation met with PM Abadi demanding 20% of any new cabinet

2016 Report Hashd started shooting at market in Tuz Kharmato Salahaddin Kurds returned fire

Kurdish police deployed to stop fighting Kurds accused of shooting on Mar 4 Feb 6 Kurdish security officers kidnapped by Hashd in Amerli Have been other kidnappings

2016 Conflict between Hashd and Peshmerga in Tuz Kharmato led to blast walls being erected

between Kurdish and Turkmen areas

2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq spokesman claimed US dropped supplies to IS in Mosul and

evacuated senior leaders out of city Claimed Hashd had stopped US from rescuing IS members in Tal Far Part of Pro-Iran Hashd info campaign vs US

(Musings On Iraq Mosul Campaign Day 141-142, Mar 6-7, 2017)

2017 Report Iraq taken off Trump’s Muslim travel ban after intense lobbying PM Abadi called Trump

and talked with VP Pence and Sec State Tillerson Iraq agreed to allow US to deport Iraqis in return

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