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This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 23 Natl Sec Adv Rice said Iraq would be next stage in war on terror


1948 Shafiq Ades Jewish merchant in Basra hanged on accusation he smuggled weapons to Palestine

Part of anti-Jewish feelings that spread after creation of Israel

(Musings On Iraq review Last Days in Babylon, The Exile of Iraq’s Jews, the Story of My Family)

1954 Interior Min closed 37 papers and magazines Part of PM Said’s crackdown on political


1955 Pakistan and Iran joined Iraq UK Turkey agreement Became anti-Communist Baghdad Pact

1961 KDP banned by Gen Qasim and several leaders arrested due to Mustafa Barzani’s Kurdish


(Musings On Iraq review The Kurds, A Modern History)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Kurdish Revolt 1961-1970)

(Musings On Iraq review Journey Among Brave Men, Travels in Kurdistan)

(Musings On Iraq Explaining Kurdish Nationalism Interview With Teen Tech Univ Prof Michael Gunter)

1965 PM Bazzaz announced 16 officers arrested 29 fled country 29 civilians arrested for

Razzaq coup plot

1980 All Iranian air bases bombed Sep 22 were repaired and launched attacks on 8 Iraqi airfields and

the Dora refinery in Baghdad Lost 7 planes Destroyed 3 Iraqi ones

(Musings On Iraq Inauspicious Start To Iran-Iraq War)

1980 Iraq retaliated with airstrikes on 2 airbases with no real results Lost 4 planes 3 by friendly fire

1980 Iran came up with Operation Kama to attack Iraqi planes in flight because couldn’t destroy them

on the ground

1980 Iraq attacked towards Qasr e-Shirin across from Diyala to protect road to Baghdad Took 2

days to take pass because of strong Iranian resistance

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

1980 Iran bombed Faw port Basra sinking 6 Iraqi navy ships

1980 King Hussein of Jordan said he backed Iraq in war Didn’t want to lose an ally and face Israel

Syria Saudis and Iran alone Became major route for trade and weapons to Iraq

1986 Iran ended Op Karbala 3 in Faw Peninsula and Majnoon Island Basra

1986 Soviet Foreign Min Shevardnadze told UN that USSR was attempting to negotiate end to Iran-

Iraq War

(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)

1989 Kuwait Emir given medal by Saddam in Baghdad for help during Iran-Iraq War

1990 Saddam threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and attack Israel

2001 Nat Sec Adv Rice told CNN Iraq would be stage two of war on terror

(Musings On Iraq Iraq And 9/11, How The Bush Administration Immediately Focused Upon Saddam After The September Attacks)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq, 9/11 And The Bush Administration)

(Musings On Iraq From 9/11 To The Invasion of Iraq: Analysis of Bush Administration Decision Making)

(Musings On Iraq Was Iraq An Imminent Threat To The West?)

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

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


(Musings On Iraq review The Next Attack, The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right)

2001 Guardian article claimed Iraq knew about 9/11 attacks beforehand Said Iraq gave money and

support to Al Qaeda Claimed Iraqi intel met with Al Qaeda in Pakistan 4 months before 9/11 Sent money to Al Qaeda Quoted Israeli intel officer who said 9/11 probably funded by Iraqi intelligence Quoted INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza who said Iraq probably behind 9/11 False story

2001 Telegraph quoted INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza that Iraq probably behind 9/11 Claimed

trained pilots for suicide attacks False story

2002 MI6 Report Iraqi source said Iraq had MWD in glass containers Analysts worried this story

sounded like the movie The Rock Source labeled liar in Feb 2003

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

2002 PM Blair told cabinet Iraq dossier would show Iraq expanding WMD capabilities and erosion of

sanctions one cause Educ Sec Morris asked Blair what had changed about Iraq to go to war other than Bush being elected Blair said intl community had to be involved in rebuilding Iraq

2002 Former UN inspector Albright for Inst for Science and Intl Security issued report aluminum

tubes Iraq tried to buy were not for centrifuges Probably rockets They were

(Musings On Iraq How A Contested Aluminum Tubes Story Became The Basis For War With Iraq)

2003 Bush speech at UN said Iraq was frontline in war on terror

2003 Fr Pres Chirac and UN Sec Gen Annan speeches at UN criticized Iraq war saying US

undermined international system 

2003 Gallup poll majority of Iraqis thought life would be better in 5 years 2/3 of Baghdadis said

removing Saddam was worth hardships

2003 Iraqi Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi died after being shot 3 days before outside her


2004 PM Allawi visited White House asking for more reconstruction money and bringing back old

army units

(Musings On Iraq review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)

2006 Army chief of staff called Gen Petraeus to review Iraq policy

2006 DefPolicyBoard member Adelman told Rumsfeld he was a failure as SecDef and never took

responsibility for Iraq

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

2006 Report only 1000 of promised 4000 Iraqi soldiers deployed to Baghdad for Op Together

Forward II Iraqi troops refused to leave their home provinces

2007 ISI accused Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution Brigades of killing its members

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

2008 Transparency International ranked Iraq 2nd most corrupt country in world tied with Myanmar

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Corruption Remains Endemic)

(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)

2008 3 high level officials and dozens of lower ones in Trade Min dismissed for corruption Lower

officials were trying to cover up for higher ups

2008 Report PM Maliki using military for political gain Jan 07 Interior Min appointed new Diyala

police chief from Badr Never got along with Diyala govt Fired 4000 police connected to Sahwa in 2008 Replaced them with Badr members Chief accused of sectarian killings Feb 08 sahwa went on strike Chief accused of supporting Badr attacks on Mahdi Army Aug chief refused to provide security for governor and council Diyala govt voted to remove chief Interior Min said chief would stay in office Op Omens of Prosperity ended up arresting 1000s of sahwa PM Maliki ordered raid on Diyala govt ISF got into shootout with police Arrested 2 govt officials accused of working with insurgents

2008 3 director generals in Trade Ministry and some lower ranking officials dismissed for corruption

Parliament’s integrity committee wanted Trade Min Sudani to resign as well Head of committee said all contracts in ministry were under Sudani so he must have known about corruption 2009 Min Sudani would be arrested for stealing up to $400 mil which was used to fund PM Maliki and Dawa

2010 Head of Anbar council said nepotism responsible for failure of most development projects in

province Bids for projects usually went to friends of officials

2012 Report Iraq wanted to create 5 mil jobs by 2013-17 with $275 mil investment law Would be mix

of public and private jobs Iraq had one of highest unemployment rates in MidEast Didn’t happen

2012 Report Shell dropped out of talks to sign oil deal with KRG

(Musings On Iraq Will Shell Take The Leap Into Iraq’s Kurdistan?)

2013 Report 8 Ansar al-Sunna and 4 ISI killed fighting each other in south Kirkuk Lasted for several

days Started when ISI assassinated sahwa commander Ansar al-Sunna objected Said would turn tribes against insurgents

2013 PUK said it accepted results of KRG election Came in 2nd to Gorran KDP said it would maintain

power sharing agreement with PUK

(Musings On Iraq KRG Elections Change Region’s Politics, But Will It Change The Government?)

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s patriotic Union Of Kurdistan Faces The Abyss)

2013 Head of Sunni Endowment went to Basra and called for protecting Sunnis Re-opened mosques

Endowment closed Had been series of attacks on Sunnis in province Blamed for insurgency

(Musings On Iraq Security Going From Bad To Worse In Iraq)

2014 Anbar Ops Command expanded attacks to Albu Atha Albu Ali al-Jassim Albu Risha north of


2014 Report Abadi govt considering creation of National Guard Would integrate Sunni units into

ISF Would be under control of governors Talk of including Hashd in Guard Ruling parties killed idea

(Musings On Iraq Can PM Abadi Appeal to Iraq’s Sunnis?)

2016 Sunni tribal Hashd began destroying 220 homes in Aithah Salahaddin belonging to IS sympathizers

2016 Report Dismissed Foreign Min Zebari objected to Dawa taking money from budget to finance

party Was talking about auditing expenses PM Abadi tried to manipulate salaries and pensions

2016 MP said Hashd turned Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr district into secret prison Said around 3,000

people from Anbar held there Complained district emptied of civilians and no on allowed back 2 yrs after freed from IS

2017 Report Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani visited PUK officials to try to delay KRG

independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq What’s Next For Kurdistan After The Referendum?)

(Musings On Iraq Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Commander General Suleimani And His Role In Iraq, An Interview With The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins)

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

2017 Report Pres Barzani said KRG independence referendum 1st stop in process to negotiate

KRG’s independence from Iraq Said partnership with Baghdad over

2017 Sec State Tillerson letter to Pres Barzani Promised US-UN support for 1 yr of talks between

KRG and Baghdad over Peshmerga civilian aviation oil Kirkuk etc Said if talks failed US would back independence referendum

2018 Report Hashd working with local authorities to suppress protests Hashd commander claimed

protests infiltrated and turning them towards violence Another Hashd commander threatened retaliation for protesters burning offices

2019 Report KRG asked Baghdad to pay off its debts to oil companies operating in region

before it would meet its oil export quota under budget KRG owed $3 bil to companies

2020 Report Apr 2010 cornerstone laid for Faw Port project Supposed to cost $4.6 bil and be

finished by 2015 Was going to be one of largest ports in world Breakwater only thing built Corruption and political objections meant never finished

2020 MP on finance committee said KRG would continue pay cuts for govt workers Started in Jul

Cuts would be increased to 21% KRG needed $750 mil to pay govt workers without cuts Needed $593 mil with cuts KRG only earned $251 mil Also got $269 mil from Baghdad budget payments KRG in budget crisis for yrs due to oil/budget dispute with Baghdad

2021 Report In Anbar party paying people to get voter cards Directors of Hit Education and

Baghdadi district fired for not promoting a certain party Parties made deal with polling officials to get illiterates to vote for them One party opened 20 offices to pay young people to obtain voter cards Also giving out contracts through Sunni Endowment and Electricity Min in return for votes

(Musings On Iraq More On Cheating Before Iraq’s Oct Election)

2021 MP from Kurdistan Islamic Group said KRG didn’t consider 2021 budget binding legal

document but understanding it didn’t have to follow

(Musings On Iraq Kurdish Politician: 2021 Budget Isn’t Binding Agreement For KRG)

2021 KRG court found journalist guilty of defamation after criticized KRG and police Got 1 yr in

prison Part of KRG crackdown on media

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