Sunday, December 17, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 17 PM Maliki issued warrant for VP Hashemi on terrorism charges Latest move by Maliki vs his opponents


1917 US consulate report Since British took Baghdad all trade cut off Businesses closed People out

of work


1918 UK cabinet member Amery said Mesopotamia should be under British administration after


(Musings On Iraq review Britain In Iraq, Contriving King and Country)

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

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

(Musings On Iraq review Empires of the Sand, The Struggle For Mastery In The Middle East 1789-1923)

1940 Regent called cabinet meeting Told them they lacked unity to run govt PM Gaylani rejected

Regent’s criticism and blamed problems on Foreign Min Said Later in day Regent asked Gaylani to resign He refused Pro-Said MPs criticized Gaylani PM asked Regent to dismiss parliament

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

1949 PM Jawadat ended martial law Started in 1948 to deal with opposition

1956 PM Said speech said Iraq had always fought vs Communism Zionism and France Said Iraq was

only country truly committed to pan-Arabism Criticized those that supported current Arab states because they were created by imperialism

1958 Fmr PM Gaylani sentenced to death for plotting coup

1962 Student union members at secondary school in Baghdad that started strike attacked by Pan-

Arab students leading to riot

1969 Govt paper Al-Thawra said Kurds should join Arabs in liberation struggle Said Baath

could solve the problem Barzani responded positively to article

1974 Iraq found Iran deployed HAWK anti-aircraft missiles along border to protect its

artillery and troops supporting Barzani Iraq Air Force banned flights within range of missiles

1981 Iraqi counterattack took most of lost ground from Iranian Op Matla al-Fajar in central front

1983 Reagan sent Special Envoy to Middle East Rumsfeld to meet with Saddam and offer U.S.

help during 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 Twilight War, The Secret History Of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict With Iran)

(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)

1992 Iraqi army moved north into Kurdish autonomous region claiming it was a military exercise

1997 Iraq banned UN weapons inspectors from presidential and sovereign sites

(Musings On Iraq Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)

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

(Musings On Iraq review The Saddam Tapes)

(Musings On Iraq review The Greatest Threat, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, And The Growing Crisis Of Global Security)

1999 UN Res 1284 created UNMOVIC as new Iraq WMD inspection regime Got rid of export oil

quotas and eased import restrictions under Oil for Food Program

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

2001 Sec of State Powell said sanctions on Iraq should continue because it still had WMD

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

2001 Iraqi defector Haideri provided by INC told CIA Iraq had secret WMD labs Labeled fabricator

by DIA May 2002 but his story continued to be used Haideri never saw WMD Later said he made up story because INC told him to

2001 Czech Intel said story of 9/11 hijacker Atta meeting with Iraqi intel in Prague didn't happen

2001 VP Cheney told NBC story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel was unconfirmed Story


(Musings On Iraq Overview of America’s Policy Towards Iraq: From The Clinton Years To The

Sectarian War of 2006)

2001 White House said anthrax attacks in U.S. came from domestic sources not Iraq

2002 Sec State Powell hinted that US would reject Iraq’s weapons declaration to UN inspectors

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 3.6 Development of UK Strategy and Options, November 2002 to January 2003)

2002 CIA said that Iraq did not include trying to buy uranium from Niger and aluminum tubes in its

declaration to UN inspectors Niger deal never happened Tubes for rockets

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

(Musings On Iraq How US Intelligence Failed The Iraq-Niger Uranium Story)

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

2002 US inspected warehouse in Benin where uranium headed for Iraq allegedly stored but found


2003 Report Sunday Telegraph story that 9/11 hijacker Atta traveled to Baghdad in 01 was

probably false It was

2004 Bush briefed by DIA that insurgency was robust and strong and could lead to civil war without

reconciliation Said Syria financing militants

2006 Men in army uniforms kidnapped 42 men from Red Crescent HQ in Baghdad

2006 Insurgents shelled Taji in north Baghdad with mortars set up checkpoints and burned a

house to try to drive residents out

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

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

2006 Insurgents took down 40 power towers from Baiji to Baghdad 42 towers from Baiji to Kirkuk

All lines from power plants in Musayib and Haditha to capital Part of campaign to deprive central Iraq of electricity

2006 Former Sec State Powell said US losing war in Iraq Questioned troop surge asking what

would be the goal Said US army being broken by long deployments to Iraq

2006 Fmr Electricity Min Samaraie fled Iraq to US after warrant issued for him over 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 Bush told staff that some of them wanted PM Maliki to go but that wasn’t what US

was going to do Said took 6 months to pick Maliki and if Iraq went through that again for a new PM would destabilize Iraq in middle of Surge

2007 Report Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was a fake played by actor and Masri real leader of ISI Was

misinformation spread by ISI to deceive US and Iraq

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval War College’s Prof Whiteside on ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi)

2007 Maliki govt spokesman Daggabh said Iraq would need help of foreign troops for 10 years but

wouldn’t accept permanent bases

2007 Mar-May 07 Pentagon audit found couldn't account for 12,000 weapons and 2,100 generators

in Iraq US command in Iraq couldn’t protect money for ISF from waste and mismanagement

2007 Day after Basra turned over to Iraqi control Iraqi army officer said UK legacy was gangs

corrupt police open borders Said Baghdad was planning operation to rid Basra of death squads 14,000 of 17,000 police there linked to militias Christians being targeted by militias 

(Musings On Iraq review Christianity in Iraq)

2007 Report Basra police chief Gen Khalaf said British had left province in chaos with militias and


2008 Denmark withdrew its troops from Iraq

2008 Mashadani resigned as speaker of parliament Claimed anti-Maliki forces wanted him out to

hold no confidence vote

2008 Women Affairs Minister Samarrie said human rights abuses bad conditions mistreatment of

women common in Iraqi prisons Authorities knew and did nothing

2010 Report UN said at least 1000 Christian families fled Baghdad and Mosul for KRG Another

133 families went to Syria and 109 to Jordan Assyrian Catholic priest in Lebanon said 450 families recently arrived Christians began fleeing Oct after ISI attacked church in Baghdad

2011 Baghdad Ops Command announced arrest warrant for VP Hashemi on terrorism charges

(Musings On Iraq Charges Against Iraq’s Vice President, And Why They Matter)

2011 PM Maliki asked for no confidence vote against Dep PM Mutlaq

(Musings On Iraq Premier Maliki Lashes Out At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement)

2011 18 Diyala councilmen along with governor fled Baquba for Kurdish controlled Khanaqin dist

due to militias sent by PM Maliki over making province a federal region to protest Maliki govt

(Musings On Iraq Push To Make Iraq’s Diyala Province An Autonomous Region Fades)

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

2011 Dep PM Shahristani accused KRG of smuggling 75,000 bar/day of oil KRG said it was exporting

175,000 bar/day for Baghdad but was only exporting 100,000 bar/day

(Musings On Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan’s Failed Independent Oil Strategy)

2012 Pres Talabani went to hospital after a stroke Would remain president even though incapacitated

Started decline of PUK

2014 Peshmerga began offensive to break IS siege of Mount Sinjar

2014 Report Hashd called Baghdad Belts kill zones Dep Cmdr in Abu Ghraib Baghdad said

everyone there was IS NGO said 83,000 mostly Sunnis had fled homes in Belts After Babil’s Jurf al-Sakhr cleared Iraqi forces banned people from returning Reporters saw Hashd burning homes while taking Jurf al-Sakhr Defense Min official said Hashd wanted to change demographics of Belts by expelling Sunnis Said army couldn’t control Hashd State of Law dep head of displacement comm said families couldn’t return to Belts because helped IS

(Musings On Iraq review A Stranger in Your Own City, Travels in the Middle East’s Long War)

2016 Report Diyala govt said IS setting up checkpoints in Kanaan Diyala again esp at night in rural

areas Sleeper cells operating in province

2017 Head of Al Abbas Combat Division Zaidi criticized Hashd that were going to run in 2018

elections for violating Ayatollah Sistani’s wishes

2020 Report Head of farmers union in NDiyala said that 60% of farmers in village lost orchards due

to IS attacks Couldn’t go into fields due to lack of security

(Musings On Iraq The Islamic State’s Failed Comeback In Iraq)

2020 Report Since Aug 19 activists assassinated 7 kidnapped Another 29 assassination attempts

Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar had most incidents Led to 200 activists bloggers journalists fleeing to KRG Turkey Lebanon

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

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

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