Saturday, February 3, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 3 Blair govt issued report on Iraq’s deception campaign to hide its WMD Turned out it was plagiarized from a college student’s paper

1917 British attacked Hai River salient 3rd time outside Kut Ottomans withdrew afterward

Since start of campaign to retake Kut in Dec 1916 British lost 8,524 casualties Ottomans 10,000 casualties and prisoners


1932 US diplomat said King Faisal would walk streets of Baghdad and locals didn’t pay attention nor

acknowledge him

1941 Regent returned to Baghdad after fleeing to Diwaniya fearing coup Asked PM Hashemi to control

Golden Square He wanted reconciliation PM told Golden Square Iraq had to follow UK in WWII

1963 Qasim arrested Saadi head of Baath Party and two others for plotting coup

1970 Iraq asked Turkey for help with dispute with Iran Shah put troops on border after coup he backed

vs Pres Bakr failed

1970 Shah suggested Iran and Iraq withdraw forces from border as neither wanted war ending crisis

1987 Report US analysts said that Iraq would not be able to reverse recent Iranian gains in southern Iraq

(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 1 Al-Hussein missile fired at Saudi Arabia 1 at Tel Aviv

1998 Report Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri met Iraq’s Vice President in Baghdad to talk about setting up

camps   Another story said Iraq gave Zawahiri $300,000 False stories

1999 Qatar Oman UAE told US that outside interference in Iraq wouldn’t help anyone

2003 White House spokesman Fleischer said that Saddam should leave Iraq

2003 UK issued paper on Iraqi deception campaign to hide its WMD Later turned out 60% was

plagiarized from a journal article

2003 Sec State Powell OpEd in Wall St Journal said Iraq hiding its WMD

(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)

2003 CIA asked Italian intel for more info on Iraq-Niger deal but it had none Story fake

(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)

2003 Dep PM Ramadan and Foreign Min Sabri went to Turkey for last minute talks to halt war Nothing

came of it

2004 Bush complained he felt like he was the only one standing up for his decision to go to war with


2004 Natl Sec Adv Rice told Sec State Powell he betrayed Bush and had to tell press he stood by

decision to invade Iraq after article said Powell wouldn’t have backed Iraq war if knew truth about is WMD

2004 Sec State Powell said Bush made right decision to invade Iraq under pressure from White House

2004 PM Blair agreed to inquiry about pre-war intel on Iraq’s WMD

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

2005 UK intel report on insurgency Said it threatened new Iraq Military campaign not containing

insurgency Politics could bring in some insurgents but not most Foreign jihadists were a small minority of insurgency but carried out some of the biggest attacks Insurgents were not unified Sunni hearts and minds were being lost due to lack of law and order slow reconstruction few jobs poor quality of life

(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Inquiry Section 9.3 July 2004 To May 2005)

(Musings On Iraq review Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency In Iraq)

2007 Truck bomb in Baghdad market killed 137 wounded 305

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

2008 Report US military said more attacks in Jan 08 by Iran-backed Special Groups then in last year EFP

attacks happened almost every day from Apr-Oct 07

2008 Report Car bombs in Baghdad went from 206 in Jan 07 to 253 in Feb 186 in Jul 13 in Nov and 12 in

Dec Improved security under Surge

2009 Report Displaced in Diyala were not allowed to vote Turnout was only 50% Kurds said 16,000

families in Khanaqin couldn’t vote 700 families protested in Baquba on election day because couldn’t vote

2009 Report European election monitor said registration for displaced was flawed Many were

registered in home provinces not where they were displaced Christians in Ninewa said they were pressured to vote for Kurds Security guards told they would lose jobs if didn’t vote for Kurds Displaced said they were handed out money in return for votes

2009 Women’s Affair Min Samarraie resigned Said she got no resources from govt

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

2010 Cassation Panel unbanned 511 candidates PM Maliki spokesman Accountability and Justice

Comm and Sadr condemned decision Maliki said Panel working for US

(Musings On Iraq Accountability And Justice Commission Attempts To Interfere In 2010 Elections)

(Musings On Iraq Timeline of Iraq’s De-Baathification Campaign)

(Musings On Iraq Appeals Court To Go Through Banning Cases Before Iraq’s March Election)

(Musings On Iraq Candidates Unbanned From Running In March 2010 Election)

2010 Report Iraq imported 60% of its refined oil needs Head of parliament’s oil comm said Iraq saw

huge increase in demand while having old refineries lacked investment and insurgent attacks Said some refineries only at 50% capacity and govt didn’t invest in new tech Oil Min Shahristani said he wanted Iraq to become self-sufficient in oil products and eventually export them Didn’t happen

2011 Protests in Wasit and Baghdad over lack of services and in solidarity with Egypt’s Arab Spring In

Qadisiya police fired into crowd

2011 Fmr Accordance Front head Dulaimi called for Sunni region in Anbar Salahaddin Ninewa Said was due

to Sunni marginalization Accused Maliki govt of targeting Sunnis Dulaimi was living in Jordan at the time Sheikhs politicians and clerics signed statement condemning idea Iraqiya also opposed

2011 Report Japanese agricultural expert said KRG had potential to become agricultural supplier for all of

Iraq Jan 09 KRG announced 5 yr plan to become self-sufficient in agriculture 2011 announced production up but would not become self-sufficient KRG didn’t allocate big enough budget for plan Lacked skilled technicians in Agriculture Min Faced drought decreased underground water cut in water from Iran and Turkey Of 1.5 mil hectares of farmland only 535,000 was used Farmers wanted more govt support but KRG couldn’t provide it

2011 Report 09 PM Maliki told US Amb Hill Iran gave anti-aircraft missiles to Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam

2014 Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri renounced ties to ISIS after it killed Jabhat al-Nusra emir in Raqqa, Syria 

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

2014 Report Militias increased rhetoric as fighting increased in Anbar Dec 2013 PM Maliki announced

offensive vs insurgents in Anbar Used sectarian rhetoric saying it was confrontation between followers of Hussein vs those of Yazid Dec Anbar MP Alwani arrested and his brother and some of his bodyguards killed Known for anti-Shiite rhetoric Asaib Ahl Al-Haq praised arrest 2 Iraqi militias fighting in Syria supported Maliki’s offensive Said ISIS part of Israeli plot Militias claimed fighting in Iraq and Syria was to protect Shiites from Islamists

2015 Report Pentagon said oil smuggling no longer main source of IS revenue due to Coalition air

strikes Before summer 2014 believed IS produced more than 80,000 bar/day of oil earning $1-$3 mil/day Oct 2014 Intl Energy Agency said IS only produced 20,000 bar/day Falling oil prices also affected IS

2015 Abadi’s cabinet approved National Guard Law Never passed Was supposed to create provincial

security forces to fight IS

2015 Report Some politicians complaining about sectarian cleansing by Hashd VP Allawi made

accusation Loudspeakers in 2 neighborhoods in Samarra called for residents to leave Left in 72 hrs Hashd moved in afterwards 

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

2016 KRG Pres Barzani issued statement that it was time for KRG independence referendum

(Musings On Iraq Is Kurdistan Serious About Independence From Iraq?)

2016 KRG said it would cut all govt salaries from 15-25% Due to economic crisis with drop in oil prices

and budget dispute with Baghdad Didn’t cut top salaries

2016 Report Dec 2015 Central Bank of Iraq put in new rules on money exchanges to try to limit IS

access to them IS had cash crunch from reduction in oil sales Central Bank told banks not to allow wire transfers to areas under IS control Govt stopped paying govt salaries to workers in IS areas Central Bank banned 142 money exchanges from taking part in dollar auctions

2017 Human Rights Watch went to displaced camp in Salahaddin Families said Hashd forced them out of

their town

2018 Imam Ali Brigade beat up police in Mosul and were arrested More members of Brigade tried to

break them out of police station

2019 Writer assassinated in Karbala Criticized Iran on 40th anniversary of Iranian revolution

2019 Trump said US spent so much money on a base in Iraq that it owned it Said US would be staying

in Iraq to watch Iran Angered anti-US parties

2020 Sadrists shot at protesters in Najaf killing 11 Shot and stabbed demonstrators in

Babil killing one Also stabbed to death protester in Baghdad

(Musings On Iraq Sadr Tries To Impose His Will On Iraq’s Protests)

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

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

2022 IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi killed by US in Syria

2022 Report KRG extended natural gas pipeline towards Turkish border Was hoping to eventually export

gas to Turkey Khor Mor field in Sulaymaniya supplied gas to power plants in Sulaymaniya and Irbil Planned to add pipeline from field to Dohuk 2013 KRG signed deal with Turkey to export gas Never happened KRG didn’t produce enough gas for its own needs Was also Chamchamal gas field

2022 Alwiyat al-Waad al-Haq took responsibility for drone attack on UAE Believed to be front for

Kataib Hezbollah

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