Saturday, December 30, 2023

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 30 Saddam executed while Sadrists chanted Moqtada


1959 Qasim govt passed Law of Personal Status Equalized inheritance for men and women

Restricted polygamy Set legal marriage age at 18


2001 Columnist William Safire told Meet The Press that Saddam would be gone by end of 2002

2002 UK Foreign Sec Straw and Sec of State Powell thought UN inspections would not provide

smoking gun against Iraq so alternatives needed

2002 UN inspectors said they had gone to all major suspected WMD sites and found nothing

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

(Musings On Iraq UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)

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

2002 Report Reagan admin and its Middle East envoy Rumsfeld did nothing while Iraq used WMD

in Iran-Iraq War

2002 NYTimes article said CIA looking into Iraq buying smallpox from a Russian scientist

2003 White House meeting on what to do about Governing Council going to UN to ask them with

help to transition to sovereignty White House decided they would try to block any UN plans for Iraq because wanted to keep control of process Meeting then turned to security VP Cheney said he wanted to eliminate Sadr

2005 Oil Min Uloom put on leave after opposing govt plan to increase prices on gas and cooking oil

Replaced by Dep PM Chalabi

2005 South Korea’s parliament okayed plan to withdraw 1/3 of its forces from Iraq Korea had 3rd

largest Coalition force in Iraq

2006 Iraqi govt hanged Saddam Hussein while Sadrists taped it and chanted Moqtada

2006 Naqshibandi insurgent group formed by Baathists

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s Resurgent Insurgency Interview With Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi)

2007 Basra police chief escaped 2 IEDs Was 7th attempt on his life since Jun 07

2007 ISI forced out of Baghdad during Surge Relocated to Diyala especially in east around

Baquba Also Salahaddin Kirkuk and Ninewa

2008 Govt announced it had allocated $129 mil from 08 budget for Maysan Was supposed to fund

241 projects Only 41 completed

2009 UK hostage Peter Moore released by Asaib Ahl Al-Haq in return for release of leader Qais

Khazali Moore and 4 bodyguards kidnapped from Finance Min in Baghdad May 2007 Op planned by Iran’s Rev Guard Brits were held in Iran for most of 2 year captivity 4 bodyguards were killed

(Musings On Iraq 2007 Political Kidnappings In Iraq Involving Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)

(Musings On Iraq Iranians Planned Kidnapping And Held British Captives Taken In Iraq) 

(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)

(Musings On Iraq review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)

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

2009 Report Asaib Ahl Al-Haq got US UK Maliki govt to agree to release its members in return for

releasing 5 Brits it kidnapped from Finance Min in 07 Aug US announced it would free all Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members it held After 300 released Asaib Ahl Al-haq returned body of Alec MacLachlan in Sep

2009 2 suicide bombers hit provincial council building in Ramadi killing 27 and injuring 100

including Gov Fahadawi

(Musings On Iraq Voter Dissatisfaction Growing In Anbar?)

(Musings On Iraq review Suicide Bombers In Iraq, The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom)

2009 Change MP had office burned down likely by PUK

2009 US got charges dropped against Baiji refinery director Obaidi who was accused of corruption by

corrupt officials who were under investigation Week later Obaidi was charged again for supporting insurgency by same corrupt officials 

2010 Iraq Body Count 2008 saw 63% drop in deaths from 2007 2009 saw 50% drop in deaths from

2008 2010 saw 15% drop in deaths from 2009 Iraq stuck in low level insurgency that would probably kill civilians for yrs

2010 Report Recent study linked rise in birth defects in Fallujah to US offensives there Birth

defects 11 times higher in city than normal rates 1 author said still hadn’t found actual cause Thought depleted uranium used by US could be cause but no studies have found actual link

2012 Salah al-Mutlaq went to Ramadi protest site Booed and bottles thrown at him Bodyguards shot at


2012 PM Maliki blamed Turkey and Syrian civil war for Sunni protests

2012 PM Maliki released women prisoners arrested for terrorism as concession to protests

2013 Anbar sheikhs gave govt 12 hour ultimatum to release MP Alwani arrested by PM Maliki

2013 PM Maliki used death of army’s 7th Div cmdr to order Ramadi and Fallujah protest camps to be

closed Maliki said sites were base for ISIS and now they lost them Said military op in Anbar was biggest loss for ISIS and rallied Iraq behind ISF Led to call to arms in Fallujah Closure helped insurgency to return

(Musings On Iraq How Iraq’s Fallujah Fell To The Islamic State)

2013 Gunmen appeared in Fallujah after protest site closed Set up checkpoints Fought ISF Some

mosques in Ramadi called for jihad Police cars seized in Ramadi and burned Clashes in Hit

(Musings On Iraq Iraq’s PM Maliki Goes From Offensive Against Al Qaeda To Crackdown On Anbar Protestors)

(Musings On Iraq Aftermath of Shutting Down Ramadi Protest Site In Iraq)

2013 Army base east of Fallujah hit by mortars as part of new insurgent offensive

(Musings On Iraq Security In Iraq’s Anbar Province December 2013)

2017 Badr leader claimed US helicopters landed in Tuz Kharmato and picked up insurgent leaders

2018 Report KDP said it didn’t want national unity govt in KRG Said if Islamic parties wanted

to join had to be loyal to KRG and not act like opposition Positions would be based upon election results not political deals Move by KDP to assert dominance over KRG

2018 Report KRG released audit report of oil industry Last 6 mo of 2017 KRG earned $3.8 bil

from oil After expenses and debt payments only received $1.8 bil KRG advanced $83 bil for future oil sales

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

2019 Human Rights Commission 33 assassinations and attempted assassinations of journalists

and activists 14 killed 19 wounded Pro-Iran groups accused of attacks

2020 Hashd leader Abu Muhandis met with Kataib Hezbollah Cmdr in Iran’s Quds Force

Dep Natl Sec Adv and Babylon Brigades leader Agreed to have Kataib Hezbollah men march on US embassy in Green Zone Muhandis told Natl Sec Adv Falah Fayad of plan Quds Force cmdr Gen Suleimani asked Badr head Amiri and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq leader Khazali to take part Adv to PM Abdul Mahdi said he was open to letting protest into Green Zone Discussed attacking embassy Some wanted to storm embassy and take hostages Some wanted to cut diplomatic relations with US Aftermath of US strike on Kataib Hezbollah

2020 Trump met with natl sec team He decided to kill Gen Suleimani in retaliation for Pro-Iran

groups’ attacks on Americans in Iraq

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

2021 Report Transportation Min signed deal with Daewoo to build Faw Port in Basra Project 1st brought up

in 1978 and stalled for yrs Hashd protested deal demanding Chinese company with no experience in port building get contract Daewoo manager found hanged in Basra Suspicion that he was murdered MP said some parties were trying to control contract

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