Monday, October 2, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 2 David Kay head of Iraq Survey Group told Congress no WMD or nuclear program found in Iraq



1914 London told India to prepare to send ships and men to Shatt al-Arab and land troops in

Persia to protect oil interests

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq In World War I, From Ottoman Rule to British Conquest)

(Musings On Iraq review When God Made Hell, The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921)

1918 UK War Office told cmdr in Mesopotamia Gen Marshall Turks would give up soon so British

should seize as much territory and oil as possible

(Musings On Iraq review The Chatham House Version and other Middle-Eastern Studies)

(Musings On Iraq review Enemy On The Euphrates, The Battle For Iraq 1914-1921)

1980 Iran launched counterattack on Iraq’s northern bridgehead at Penjwin Sulaymaniya 1st of the war

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

1981 Iran bombed 4 hydroelectric power plants in Iraq

1982 2nd attack in Iranian Op Muslim ibn Aqil between Qasr e-Shirin and Sumer to threaten

Baghdad Iraq used tear gas 1st time to try to turn back Iranian human wave attacks Saddam went to front to urge on troops because Iranian attack could threaten Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Use Of Chemical Weapons In Iran-Iraq War And Their Western Origin)

(Musings On Iraq review Armies of the Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)

(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 US NSDD26 said U.S. would try to improve relations with Iraq to try to moderate its


(Musings On Iraq review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)

(Musings On Iraq review Spider’s Web, The secret history of how the White House illegally armed Iraq)

1989 US Treasury Dept warned about giving more loans to Iraq due to its illegal behavior

1990 Report German companies built facilities and provided agents for Iraq’s WMD

program in 1980s Germany denied it helped with weapons Iraqi front companies bought equipment in Europe

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

(Musings On Iraq When The World Remembered It Armed The New Hitler Saddam)

1992 UN Res 778 authorized Iraq oil revenues to be deposited in UN controlled bank until sanctions


1997 Inspectors went to Special Sec Org office looking for more WMD docs Were blocked Led to standoff

before inspectors backed down

2001 Badr met with Barzani again Asked about US intentions in Iraq Barzani said US was thinking of

invading Iraq after Afghanistan Barzani was worried about Turkish involvement in any invasion Barzani said that US would only support pro-US parties and they would take control after Saddam Badr asked to open office in Irbil

(Musings On Iraq Early Report On Iran’s Activities In Iraq)

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

2002 Summary of main points Natl Intel Estimate released Said Iraq rebuilding nuke and WMD programs

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

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

2002 Iraq called UK’s weapons dossier propaganda and lies

2002 Bush appeared with Democrats and Republicans calling on Congress to pass use of force

resolution on Iraq

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


2002 Bush said that Iraq had WMD stocks rebuilding programs Working on nuclear programs

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Created An Iraqi Nuclear Threat In 2002)

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

2002 NYT article quoted Defense Policy Board’s Perle that CIA was anti-INC and it provided best

intel on Iraq

2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate CIA had no sources inside Iraq since 1990s

2002 CIA Dep Dir McLaughlin told Senate UK had stretched story Iraq tried to buy uranium

from Africa Said low chance Iraq would use WMD Would only use them if attacked Said low chance Iraq would use terrorists against US unless America attacked Iraq 

(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)

2002 Undersec Def Feith memo Said exiles should organize a conference to create bill of rights for

Iraq before war US wanted a federal system of govt US military would run Iraq after war and work with exiles

2002 UK oil industry representatives told Blair govt official British oil companies could lose out in

Iraq Afraid countries that supported war would get oil deals Official said Foreign Office would commit to UK companies getting fair share of contracts in postwar Iraq

2003 Iraq Survey Group released 1st report on WMD search Found no evidence of WMD or mobile

WMD labs Said Saddam hadn’t given up on his WMD programs Found dozens of WMD related activities

2003 Iraq Survey Group head Kay briefed Congress on interim report Said Iraq deception meant US

always uncertain about Iraq’s WMD Found no WMD but evidence of programs No nuclear program No mobile WMD labs Said Saddam never gave up ambitions to have WMD Said that Iraq’s WMD stocks looked like they were destroyed in 1990s after Gulf War Said secret WMD programs were hidden in Iraqi intelligence services for assassinations Said Iraq had produced banned missile types

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

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)

2003 CIA Dir Tenet and Deputy Dir McLaughlin reluctant to accept Kay’s findings Argued over

WMD stocks being destroyed aluminum tubes which were for rockets and mobile WMD labs that didn’t exist

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

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

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

2003 White House called CIA Asked why finding no WMD could’ve been buried in Kay’s report

instead of being first 

2003 Iraq Survey Group Head Kay’s testimony led White House to change message from Iraq had

WMD stocks to WMD programs being the threat that justified war

2003 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Sanchez said insurgency had evolved and gotten more deadly

2003 NatSecAdv Rice created Iraq Stabilization Group to help run postwar Iraq without consulting

with rest of govt Bush had given Pentagon control of postwar Iraq so NSC’s group had no authority

(Musings On Iraq review State of Denial, Bush At War, Part III)

2004 Bush said Zarqawi travelled to Iraq before 03 invasion Killed USAID official Foley in Jordan

Said that proved Iraq was a threat because it had WMD and was connected to terrorist networks like Zarqawi’s

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

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

2004 Hundreds of Kurds marched in Kirkuk city demanding independent Kurdistan and Kirkuk as its


2005 Parliament ruled no vote on constitution would be based on actual voters not registered ones to

diminish Sunni ballots Sunni politicians complained that change in how votes counted would make it harder to reject draft constitution

(Musings On Iraq How Faults With Iraq’s Constitution Undermines The Country, Interview with Constitutional Scholar Zaid Al-Ali)

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)

2005 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Congress he was optimistic about Iraq war

2005 US Cmdr in Iraq Gen Casey told Congress 1/3 of 119 Iraqi army battalions could operate with

some US aid

2005 Pres Talabani asked PM Jaafari to step down Complained Shiites were dominating govt Accused

United Iraqi Alliance of not giving Kurds govt positions neglecting ministries run by Kurds not dealing with Kirkuk

2007 NatlSecAdv Rubaie told SecState Rice US had to tell Sunni politicians they couldn’t play

politics and violence at same time Said PM Maliki would take care of Sadr and Mahdi Army

2007 United Alliance told US to stop sahwa program Claimed some were terrorists killing and

kidnapping people

(Musings On Iraq What’s In The Future For The Sons of Iraq?)

(Musings On Iraq Sons of Iraq Update)

2007 Hamas in Iraq accused ISI of beheading civilians for violating its fatwas Condemned ISI’s

chlorine attack upon Amiriya Fallujah

(Musings On Iraq review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)

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

2009 Report PUK fired hundreds of members of peshmerga and security forces for voting for Gorran

(Musings On Iraq Ruling Kurdish Parties Try To Co-Opt And Intimidate Opposition)

2009 Report Basra governor said when he was elected he would make province like Dubai Now said

no money for infrastructure Couldn’t attract investment Unemployment up

2009 Report 100s of families left villages due to drought and low water levels in rivers coming

from Iran Couldn’t farm Blamed Iranian dams Couldn’t afford to pump water into fields

2010 KRG Natural Resource Min Hawrami said Kurds were ready to send 60 bil cubic

            meters of natural gas to Turkey Didn’t happen

2010 Flyers given to Arabs and Turkmen in Kirkuk Said “You don’t belong here Leave

unconditionally with 24 hours or else” Dep Governor accused Asayesh of posting flyers

(Musings On Iraq Threatening Flyers Distributed To Arabs and Turkmen In Kirkuk)

2012 Fmr Trade Bank of Iraq head Azri and his Jordanian adviser given 15 yrs in prison in absentia for

corruption Was fired by PM Maliki to try to take over bank

2012 Report Iran building natural gas pipeline to Iraq to fuel power plants Supposed to open summer

2013 Would go to Diyala and Baghdad Wanted to expand to Syria and Mediterranean That never happened

2012 Finance Min started paying $650 mil to oil companies in KRG Part of new oil/budget deal

between Maliki govt and KRG

2014 Amb Hill wrote article Said Sec State Clinton neglected Iraq Only went on 1 trip to Iraq Hill

wrote monthly memos Battle between NSC and State over who should read them Thought Obama only 1 that read memos Felt State officials didn’t care about Iraq either Obama admin didn’t see Iraq as strategic issue but legacy of Bush US started complaining about Maliki being strongman and Maliki resented US as a result Claimed Maliki’s actions forming govt in 2010 made more US officials have negative view of him False VP Biden and Obama both backed PM Maliki for 2nd term

2014 Fmr Def Sec Panetta book said Obama didn’t listen to advisers about keeping troops in Iraq

past 2011 withdrawal Said withdrawal undermined stability in Iraq Said deal to keep troops would’ve been difficult but was necessary Said White House main priority was withdrawal

2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit Maysan Basra

Diyala demanding reform

2015 Report Abadi govt finally decided to cut salaries to govt workers in IS areas

2015 28 IS and Naqshibandi fighters killed in clashes between two groups in Kirkuk

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

2015 Report Est 5000 Iraqis went to fight in Syria from Jul-Aug to support Assad and Iran

2015 KRG reported 1300 Peshmerga killed 52 wounded 5000 wounded vs IS since Aug 2014

2017 PM Abadi said he would not talk to KRG unless it cancelled referendum results

(Musings On Iraq Fighting Breaks Out Between Federal Forces And Peshmerga In Salahaddin And Kirkuk)

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

(Musings On Iraq review Quicksilver War, Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict)

2017 Abadi govt announced foreigners in Kurdistan could fly out of country via Baghdad even if

didn’t have federal visa

2017 Joint Iran-Iraq military drill started along KRG border in response to independence referendum

2017 PUK’s Hero Ibrahim Ahmed said Kurds were paying the price for wrong decision to hold

independence referendum Claimed KRG leadership wasn’t being realistic about independence Said that new Kurdish leadership council reminded her of Baathist Revolutionary Command Council

2017 Gorran called for new Kurdish leadership council to be disbanded Said that referendum had

created another political crisis for KRG

2017 Badr’s Amiri said Rashad region of Hawija dist south Kirkuk freed from IS

2018 Parliament elected Barham Salah new president Salah picked Adel Abdul Mahdi as future

premier Iran tried to block Salah’s election but failed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Parliament Throws Out Rules And Convention To Elect President And Name Premier Designate)

2019 Protests expanded from 10 to 13 provinces in Baghdad Babil Basra Dhi Qar Diyala Karbala

Kirkuk Maysan Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya Salahaddin Wasit Govt buildings in Babil Dhi Qar Maysan Najaf along with offices of Badr Dawa Supreme Council Asaib Ahl Al-Haq burned 8 protesters and policeman killed

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s October Protests Escalate And Grow)

(Musings On Iraq UN Report On Violence Against Iraqi Protesters)

(Musings On Iraq United Nations Faults Iraq For Failing To Protect Protesters)

2019 Report Basra Water Authority engineer said not enough fresh water released into Shatt

al-Arab due to dams in neighboring countries Hurt water purification system in Shatt al-Arab Basra suffered from salinity and pollution Didn’t have funds for clean water

2020 Report Trump admin reduced ties with Iraq After rocket and IED attacks by pro-Iran groups

on US targets Sec State Pompeo threatened to close US embassy Already reports of personnel being withdrawn from embassy US pushed business deals with Iraq to lower its dependency upon Iranian gas and electricity US companies now said no direction from Trump admin

2020 KDP’s Hoshyar Zebari told Al-Hurra that Hashd should be expelled from Baghdad’s Green


2020 Parliament’s finance comm said budget deficit was temporary Said no financial crisis in Iraq

Govt couldn’t pay its bills Was late paying govt workers in Sep MPs expected oil prices to go back up and crisis to end

2020 Kazemi govt reversed itself Now denied it had arrested anyone for firing rockets at Irbil

2020 Maysan activist kidnapped in Oct 2019 and never seen again Taken by Hashd faction Human

Rights Comm said 53 protesters missing since Oct 2019

2020 UN called on Kazemi govt to investigate killings and attacks on women rights activists Basra

activist shot at in Aug Had received threats Women’s rights activist assassinated in Basra days later

(Musings On Iraq Review What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq)

2021 Election Comm said Hashd could not take part in special voting with ISF because didn’t send

data on members Raised suspicion of 1000s of ghost Hashd used to steal salaries Hashd didn’t take part in special voting in 2018 either

(Musings On Iraq Hashd al-Shaabi Will Not Be Able To Vote In Iraq’s Special Voting For The Security Forces)

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