Friday, October 20, 2017

Security In Iraq Oct 8-14, 2017


Iraq had another week of very low violence. There have been less than one hundred security incidents reported for the last eleven weeks. Casualties were high however as the government made a rare announcement of casualties from the Hawija operation.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 20


1980 US said Iraq invasion of Iran threatened security in Gulf and land should
            not be seized by force
1983 Iran launched Wa al-Fajr 4 in Kurdistan taking 25 mi of Iraqi land
1991 Report Saddam was arming PKK to fight Turkey
2000 British Foreign Office said wanted to offer end of sanctions to return inspectors
            but didn’t think US would agree
2002 Czech Intel told US no evidence 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intelligence
            in Prague
2004 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council warned building democracy in Iraq would be
            long difficult and turbulent
2004 Report Jan 03 Natl Intel Council warned that overthrowing Saddam could lead to
            ethnosectarian rivalries and power grabs in Iraq
2004 Transparency International ranked Iraq one of most corrupt countries in world
2005 One of Saddam’s lawyers kidnapped and killed
2007 US Special Forces raid into Sadr City hunting Special Groups led to huge
            firefight
2015 Baiji town finally cleared

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inside Iraq’s Oil Sector Interview With Gary Vogler


Gary Vogler worked extensively in Iraq’s oil sector starting in 2002 when he was recruited by the Pentagon to plan for postwar situations. That group was then folded into the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) and then the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Vogler would later work as a contractor and consultant in Iraq until 2015, and was involved in several major projects. He recently published a book about his experiences Iraq and the Politics of Oil, An Insider’s Perspective.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 19


1948 All Jewish Iraqi govt workers fired after creation of Israel
1958 Gen Bakr forced to retire after Col Arif lost power struggle with Gen Qasim
            within govt
1980 Saddam speech said Iraq couldn’t win war because outnumbered by Iran
2003 Powell said US had found evidence of Iraq’s WMD programs & that
            Saddam always wanted nuclear weapons
2004 Head of aid group Care was kidnapped in Baghdad Later killed by insurgents
2004 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie wrote OpEd in NY Sun that Iraq was training
            foreigners to carry out terrorist attacks and working with Islamic groups
2005 Saddam’s trial started and pled his innocence
2005 Rice told about Senate Clear Hold Build counterinsurgency plan for Iraq Was not
            discussed with US military beforehand
2005 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey US Iraq Amb Khalizad later asked Rice
            what Clear Hold Build was & why not consulted
2005 Rumsfeld complained to Rice that he did not back Clear Hold Build and he
            was not consulted about it
2006 IED killed Amara police chief from Badr Police arrested brother of suspected
bomber from Mahdi Army 2 days of fighting started
2006 Mahdi Army stormed 3 police stations manned by Badr in Amara
2006 US general said Op Together Forward II failed to reduce violence in Baghdad
2006 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey US Amb Khalzad gave press conference saying
            Op Together Forward II in Baghdad working
- 2013 IS held parade in southern Fallujah

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kurds Fall Back To 2014 Borders


For the second day, the Peshmerga continued to withdraw from territory they occupied during 2014. All did not go peacefully however as there was a short gun battle at Mosul Dam.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 18


1980 Pres Carter called on Iraq to withdraw from Iran Carter was trying to get
            US hostages held by Tehran released
1984 Iran launched Op Dawn 7 to recapture the city of Mehran Won back some
            Iranian territory
2001 CIA report on story that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger Said Iraq
didn’t have facilities to process uranium
2001 WSJ OpEd by ex-CIA Dir Woolsey said Iraq behind 9/11
2002 Sec of Def Rumsfeld told Under Sec of Def Feith to create postwar planning
            office for Iraq Cancelled few days later
2002 Cancellation came from White House that didn’t want postwar planning
            because could derail invasion

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kirkuk Aftermath: PM Abadi And PUK Winners, KDP Losers, KRG Done For?


Golden Division sitting in Governor Karim’s seat in Kirkuk City (Rudaw)

Prime Minister Haidar Abadi’s move in Kirkuk went from a possible disaster to an unmitigated success. After fighting broke out in the morning of October 16 the Kurds withdrew and the Iraqi forces took all the positions they wanted plus Kirkuk city and areas of northeast Diyala. This was the result of a deal with the major wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which has left the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and President Massoud Barzani hanging high and dry, and threatens the future of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 17


1973 Saddam said govt and KDP were far apart on autonomy talks for Kurds
1980 UN Security Council discussed Iran-Iraq War Addressed by Iran PM and Iraq
            Foreign Minister
1980 Iran For Min told UN Iraq was aggressor Saddam wanted to overthrow Iranian
            govt Iraq backed by superpowers & Arab countries
1980 Iraq For Min said Iran violated treaties attacked border towns never replied to
            letters calling for negotiations
1980 UN Security Council backed Secretary General’s attempts to negotiate a ceasefire
            in Iran-Iraq War
1987 Iraq held national census
1994 Iraqi defector Saadi claimed he went to Jordan with Mukhabarat to buy nuke
            material from Russians for a bomb
2001 NY Times article reported Iraqi defector saw Iraq training terrorists at Salman
            Pak to take airliners
2001 NY Times reported INC said that Iraq diplomat met bin Laden in 98 and offered
            him safe haven
2001 NY Times article Czech Inter Min said 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel
            officer in Prague
2003 Iraqi prisoner photographed stripped and handcuffed to cell door by US jailers
            at Abu Ghraib
2003 Gunfight outside Sadr office in Karbala killed 3 US soldiers and 7 Iraqis
2004 Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda Tawhid wal Jihad
            became Al Qaeda in Iraq
2004 Heavy fighting in east and south Fallujah between US forces and insurgents
2006 NSC started review of Iraq strategy to come up with new one
2016 Mosul campaign started with joint operations between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga


Monday, October 16, 2017

Fighting Breaks Out Between Federal Forces And Peshmerga In Salahaddin And Kirkuk


The game of brinkmanship blew up in the faces of Baghdad and Irbil on October 16 as talks gave way to fighting in south Kirkuk and Tuz Kharmato in Salahaddin.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 16


1973 Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian forces attacked Israeli positions but were turned back
2001 CIA Dir Tenet met with UK officials and agreed no Iraq-9/11 connection
2002 Iraq held elections where Saddam voted president for another 7 years
2002 Iraq renewed offer for new UN inspections after US rejected deal
2002 French Pres Chirac said no Iraq Al Qaeda ties & attacking Iraq could
            lead to new terrorist attacks
2003 UN Resolution 1511 set 12/15/03 as date for Iraqi Governing Council to
            submit plan for interim govt & constitution
2012 Maliki removed Shababi after he refused to stop dinar re-valuation Appointed ally
            Turki as new bank head
2017 As Iraqi forces moved towards military base and oil fields in south Kirkuk fighting
            broke out with Peshmerga
2017 Were also clashes in Tuz Kharmato between Hashd and Peshmerga


Sunday, October 15, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 15


1927 1st successful oil well started at Baba Gargur field in Kirkuk
1960 Islamic Party complained to Gen Qasim that his govt neglected religion while
            accepted Communists
1960 Islamic Party asked Qasim to ban Communists and their media while releasing
            any cleric arrested since 1958 coup
1973 Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi offensive in southern Syria failed to achieve results
1980 Iraq Foreign Minister Hamadi presented Iraq’s case to UN claiming it acted in
            self-defense in Iran-Iraq War
1994 Iraq withdrew troops from Kuwait border after Russian diplomacy and UN
            Resolution 949 that demanded withdrawal
1994 UN Res 949 demanded Iraq’s full cooperation with UN inspectors
1995 Saddam won referendum with 99.9% of vote for him to be president for 7 more
years
1997 Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr gave sermon saying No! Yes is just for
            God mocking Yes to Saddam slogan
1997 Turkey’s Op Dawn ended against PKK in Kurdistan
2001 CIA report from Rome said that Italian intel said Iraq tried to buy uranium from
            Niger but didn’t see much merit in it
2001 Under Sec of Def Feith briefed NSC on plan for governing postwar Iraq with
             3-star general in charge of military and civilian administrator
2001 White House spokesman said no connection between Iraq and anthrax letters
            sent to Wash DC
2002 Rumsfeld wrote list of 29 things that could go wrong with Iraq War One was
            finding no WMD
2002 Rumsfeld's list was to point out possible problems so war could be successful 
2003 Powell said that his claims about Iraq’s WMD program had been proven
2003 Rice said CPA’s schedule for Iraq wouldn’t work and new one had to be created
2003 Sadr followers failed to take over Karbala shrine
2004 US put Zarqawi on its terrorist list
2004 Cheney said Iraq could have given WMD to terrorists
2005 Referendum on new Iraqi constitution held
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council again announced ISI and Islamic State in Baghdad
            Anbar Diyala Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil
2006 Islamic State in Iraq said its goal was to govern
2015 Immediately after Baiji refinery liberated Hashd began looting facility and selling
            off equipment to Iraqi and Iranian businesses

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Escalation In Iraq Continues After KRG Referendum, The Kirkuk Challenge


Iraq’s politicians specialize in brinkmanship where they up the ante against each other taking it right to the edge of confrontation. The country is facing another one of those moments in the aftermath of the September 25 independence referendum in Kurdistan. Before the vote, President Massoud Barzani and other Kurdish leaders attacked the central government for being Baathist law breakers, and said that all the disputed areas the Peshmerga occupied would take part in the election. Since then Baghdad has replied in kind with various politicians demanding retaliation. Prime Minister Haidar Abadi has been trying to respond in his own way, while holding off the angry members of the parliament. That saw a huge escalation on October 12-13 when the premier sent troops into the center of Kirkuk demanding the Peshmerga withdraw.

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 14


1927 Turkish Petroleum Company struck oil at Baba Gurgur field, Kirkuk starting Iraq's oil industry
1973 3rd day fighting between Israeli and Iraqi forces in Syria
1980 Iraqi forces entered Khorramshahr, Iran Iranians began phased withdrawal from
            city
1990 Iran and Iraq officially restored diplomatic relations as Saddam tried to secure his
            eastern flank as war neared with US
1997 Britain, Turkey, US asked for KDP to withdraw from PUK territory
2001 Frontline TV show interviewed Iraq defector who claimed Iraq training
            terrorists to hijack planes at Salman Pak
2003 White House told Congress 70,000 new Iraqi forces on duty and 13,000 in training
2003 Sadrists tried to seize Karbala shrine leading to fighting with Sistani followers
2003 Zarqawi suicide car bombing of Turkish Embassy in Baghdad 2 dead 13 wounded
2004 Insurgents penetrated Green Zone Baghdad Suicide bombers killed 5 wounded 18
2012 MP announced arrest warrant issued for head of Central Bank of Iraq Shabibi
            after he refused to cooperate with Maliki over the dinar
2014 IS captured Hit, Anbar after Iraq army unit abandoned base
2015 Baiji refinery in Salahaddin finally freed from IS

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall 09 When Maliki Blamed Islamic State Bombings In Baghdad On Baathists


August 09 bombing of government buildings in central Baghdad (CNN)

In the fall of 2009 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was claiming that security had improved in Iraq and it was due to his strong leadership. As a sign of progress he ordered blast walls to be taken down in Baghdad. (1) The celebration was shot lived as a series of car bombs hit government buildings in the center of Baghdad in August and October, and a third attempt was foiled in September. All the evidence pointed to the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) being responsible, but Maliki blamed Baathists instead in an attempt to rally the Shiite masses behind him after he’d been embarrassed by these security failures.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 13


1973 Continued fighting between Israeli and Iraqi forces in Syria
1996 PUK counterattacked Recaptured Sulaymaniya from KDP with Iranian support
2004 Blair told parliament that Iraq Study Group proved Saddam wanted WMD and
            violated UN resolutions
2004 Mass grave with hundreds of Kurds killed by Saddam in 1987-88 discovered in
            Hatra Ninewa
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council became ISI Announced Islamic State in Baghdad
            Anbar Diyala Kirkuk Salahaddin Ninewa Babil
2006 New ISI announced Abu Omar al-Baghdadi emir of Islamic State
2015 Abadi cabinet approved new pay scale for govt workers to cut costs pushed as
            reform move Led to protests by public employees
2015 KRG PM Barzani removed four Gorran ministers from KRG cabinet

Thursday, October 12, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 12


1957 Meeting at Ayatollah Muhsin Hakim’s house founding Dawa Party
1958 Gen Qasim sent Arif to Germany as Iraq’s ambassador to eliminate him as
            opponent
1973 Israeli 210th Div attacked Iraqi forces in Syria destroying 20 Iraqi tanks and
            forcing withdrawal
1973 Later in day Israeli and Iraqi tanks re-engaged forcing Israelis to withdraw
1973 3rd engagement between Israelis and Iraqis forced Iraqis to withdraw
1973 Israel sent in paratroops 250km into Syria to disrupt Iraqi reinforcements
            moving to front & stopped their advance
1984 Saddam told Arabic newspaper he was ready to reestablish diplomatic relations
            with U.S.
1994 SCIRI claimed clashes between Iraqi forces and opposition in Diwaniya
2001 Wash Post article quoted INC that Iraq training terrorists on hijacking
airplanes at Salman Pak implying 9/11 connection
2003 Zarqawi hit Baghdad Hotel with suicide car bomb 8 dead 32 wounded
2004 4 Sadr leaders including Qais Khazali were refusing to follow ceasefire ending
            2nd Battle of Najaf
2005 Report 1st Bgd 6th Div carrying out sectarian raids and attacks on Sunnis in
            WBaghdad
2006 Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace said Iraq forces increasing but violence going up
            Contradicted US strategy for Iraq
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council joined 6 tribes to create Mutayibeen Coalition
2014 IS's Dabiq article justified enslavement of Yazidis

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Iraqi Forces Finish Hawija Now On To Western Anbar Again


The Hawija operation has officially ended. The Iraqi forces are now gearing up to return to west Anbar. The preparations are already underway to liberate the last area of Iraq under Islamic State control.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 11


1980 Iraq began second attack on Khorramshahr, Iran
1990 Pres Bush decided to give up on sanctions and use force to expel Iraq from
            Kuwait
1991 Iraq rejected UN Resolution 715 which extended UN weapons inspections and
            allowed cameras to be installed at former weapons sites
1996 Inspector report to UN Secretary General said Iraq had not fully disclosed its
            WMD and missile programs
2001 Blair told Bush talk of war with Iraq was undermining war in Afghanistan and
            Iraq could come later
2002 Putin said he supported new inspections in Iraq but doubted Saddam had WMD
2002 Senate passed resolution allowing use of force against Iraq
2002 CIA analysts complained to press they were being pressured by Pentagon about
            their Iraq assessments
2003 Sadrists held large demonstrations against occupation
2004 IAEA warned that nuclear materials had been looted in Iraq after invasion
2005 US agreement created committee to amend new constitution after it was passed
            to get Sunni support Amendments never happened
2006 NSC Iraq policy review called for surge in troops to secure Baghdad Diyala
            Anbar
2006 Bush said reason violence up in Iraq because US and Iraqi forces were on the
            offensive
2006 US Iraq Amb Khalizad said US didn't have forces to make new Baghdad
            security plan work
2015 KDP security refused to allow KRG Speaker of parliament from Gorran to enter
            Irbil city and attend parliament


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Security In Iraq Oct 1-7, 2017


Iraq continued to experience new lows in violence throughout the country. From October 1-7, 2017, there were the second lowest recorded number of security incidents and the fewest casualties of the year.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 10


1922 Anglo-Iraq Treaty signed Opposed by opposition who were anti-British
1941 Nuri al-Said became Iraq’s premier 3rd time
1961 Qasim govt ended ground offensive to put down Mustafa Barzani’s Kurdish revolt
1982 Iran made 2nd attack on Diyala Entered Mandali but forced out Aim was
            reaching Baghdad
1982 Iranian offensive recaptured 80 sq mi of Iranian territory from Iraqis
1984 Tariq Aziz complained that Western Europe was still sending military equipment
            to Iran despite US efforts to stop them
1986 Iran carried out commando raid on pipeline near Kirkuk
1994 Clinton decided to continue Bush’s policy of undermining Saddam
2002 UK intel report said that Iraq would only launch terrorism if attacked by US
            and couldn't use WMD outside its territory
2002 UK intel report said no cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda and attack on Iraq
            would lead to more terrorism and radicalization
2002 UK intel rejection of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties leaked to press
2002 US House of Representatives approved use of force resolution against Iraq
2003 Sadr announces his own shadow govt
2003 Sadrist funeral in Sadr City turned into anti-US demonstration of 10,000
2003 Cheney cited Iraq Survey Group report to claim that Iraq in material breach
            of UN resolutions and had WMD programs
2003 Cheney Iraq had a relationship with Al Qaeda and trained Al Qaeda in poisons
            and bomb making
2003 Cheney if Saddam still in power he would be training terrorists and producing
            WMD
2003 Powell said overwhelming evidence that Iraq violated UN resolutions about its
            WMD program
2003 Iraqi diplomat that went to Niger said his trip was about trade and breaking
            sanctions not buying uranium for nuke program


Monday, October 9, 2017

Why Oil Ministry Only Iraq Govt Building Occupied By US During 03 Invasion


During the 2003 invasion of Iraq the Oil Ministry in Baghdad was the only government building occupied by the U.S. forces. The others were set afire and looted. Many interpreted this to mean that the Americans were only interested in Iraq’s natural resources. In fact, the offices were taken for military not political reasons.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 9


1969 Baath announced language and cultural concessions to Kurds as part
            of talks with Mullah Mustafa Barzani
1970 Tikriti removed as VP under Pres Bakr and retired from army Made Amb to
            Spain to get him out of country
2002 Bush told CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks he was not happy with Iraq war plan
2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Intel Comm Iraq would only use WMD if regime
            was threatened
2002 Italian reporter gave US Embassy in Rome copies of documents on
            alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal Were found to be fakes
2002 Ex-CIA agents complained to press that Bush admin using slanted intel to make
            case against Iraq
2003 Bush speech said Iraq doing better than most Americans thought & world better
            off without Saddam
2003 US forces raided Sadr office in Baghdad Got into gunfight with Mahdi Army
2003 Zarqawi hit Sadr City police station with suicide car bomb killing 10
2003 Spanish diplomat in Iraq assassinated
2003 Bush gave NatSecAdv Rice oversight of reconstruction program Congress then
            barred Rice from that duty
2006 Mujahedeen Shura Council announced Mutayibeen Coalition to unite insurgents
            and tribes
2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Maysan
            Wasit Basra Diyala for reform


Sunday, October 8, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 8


1948 Export-import licenses for Jewish businesses forbidden after creation of
            Israel
1983 France secretly began delivering 5 Super Entendard fighter bombers to Iraq
1984 Iraq broke 3 week ceasefire in Tanker War with attack upon ship leaving Iran’s
            Kharg Island main oil facility
1986 U.N. Res 588 said Iran and Iraq should follow Res 582 to resolve Iran-Iraq
            War
1986 Iran rejected UN Res 588 because didn’t blame Iraq for starting Iran-Iraq War
1994 US France UK deployed troops to Persian Gulf in response to Saddam putting
            troops on Kuwait border
1994 President of UN Security Council demanded that Iraq withdraw its troops from
            Kuwait border
1994 SCIRI asked international community to give it control of sections of
            southern Iraq
1997 IAEA Iraq started centrifuge program in 1987 but was way behind schedule Iraq
            might have had a bomb by 96
1997 UK said that Iraq smuggling oil through Iran violating UN sanctions
2002 White House posted pictures claiming to be Iraq working on three facilities for
            nuclear weapons program
2003 Bush US went to war with Iraq to deal with future threats with WMD and ties
            to terrorism Said found Iraq’s WMD programs
2004 Rice said Iraq Survey Group proved Iraq wanted WMD and therefore was a threat
2004 Family of British hostage Ken Bigley said he had been killed by insurgents
2004 Iraq Survey Group report said Iraq issued 1300 oil vouchers under Oil For Food
            Program that netted $11 bil in illegal funds 1990-03
2004 Iraq Survey Group report said Russian oil companies Lukoil Gazprom
            Zarbuezhneft Sibneft Rosneft Tatneft got 30 % of oil vouchers

Saturday, October 7, 2017

How Iraq Provinces Got Their Names During Baathist Cultural Campaign


Map of Iraq in 1990 after territorial and name changes to provinces (MR Izady)

After the Baath Party took power in 1968 it launched a cultural campaign to reshape the history, image and identity of Iraq. The focus of the campaign was on the uniqueness of Iraq based upon its ancient history. Some of its goals were to unite the country’s diverse population under a common mythology, instill pride in Iraqis based upon their uniqueness, and that this great past meant that Iraq should lead the rest of the Arab world. This led to changing the names of more than half of Iraq’s governorates.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 7


1959 Baathists made failed assassination attempt on Pres. Qasim wounding him Saddam
            fled to Syria & Egypt as a result
1973 Iraq nationalized shares of US oil company & Shell in retaliation for west support
            for Israel in 1973 Arab-Israeli War
1982 During Op Muslim ibn Aqil Iranian forces reached Mandali, Diyala but stopped
            from further advances
1983 US report Iran was turning tide in Iran-Iraq War and US already starting to tilt
            towards Iraq
1991 Peshmerga executed 60 Iraqi soldiers captured in Sulaymaniya
1998 Congress passed Iraq Liberation Act saying policy was to remove Saddam
            Opened up money to Iraq opposition
2001 bin Laden video said he was fighting for Iraqis who had suffered under sanctions
2002 Bush speech said Iraq great threat because of WMD and its history of aggression
2002 Bush said if Iraq got enriched uranium it could have a nuclear bomb in less than a
            year
2002 Bush speech claimed Al Qaeda and Iraq united in hatred for U.S. Had
            high level contacts for a decade
2002 Bush claimed Iraq had trained Al Qaeda in bomb making and poisons and Saddam celebrated
            9/11
2002 CIA blocked Bush talking about Iraq trying to buy uranium from Africa in
            speech
2002 Italian contacted journalist about providing her with Iraq-Niger uranium deal
            papers that turned out to be fakes
2002 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said Iraq wouldn’t conduct terrorist or WMD
            attacks upon US unless regime threatened
2002 CIA Dir Tenet letter to Congress said high level contacts between Iraq & Al
            Qaeda & Al Qaeda agents were in Iraq
2002 Intel officials complained to press saying White House claims of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties
            exaggerated
2003 Rumsfeld said he knew nothing of NatSecAdv Rice creating Iraq Stabilization
            Group at NSC
2003 Rumsfeld was told about NSC group but wanted to personally be in control of all
            Iraq decisions so opposed Rice’s move
2003 Australian Senate censured PM Howard for not proving his claims Iraq had
            WMD to justify sending troops to Iraq
2003 Turkish parliament okayed PM Erdogan sending Turkish troops to Iraq
            Governing Council opposed idea
2004 Powell said Iraq Survey Group initial report proved Iraq wanted WMD and that
            it was a threat
2004 Blair claimed Iraq Survey Group report proved that Saddam wanted WMD
2004 Sadr offered to disarm Mahdi Army as part of peace deal Wasn’t serious
2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq beheaded British civilian Kenneth Bigley


Friday, October 6, 2017

Town of Hawija Liberated From The Islamic State


The Iraqi forces freed two important places in their Hawija operation. Those were the town of Hawija itself and Riyad to the south. That leaves just the northeast section of the Hawija district to be freed from the Islamic State.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 6


1958 Mustafa Barzani returned to Iraq from exile in Soviet Union for talks with
            new Qasim govt
1980 Iraqi army surrounded Khorramshahr, Iran and street fighting began
1986 Heavy Iraq air strikes on Kharg Island Iran oil terminal
1994 Iraq puts troops on Kuwait border & threatened to stop working with UN
            weapons inspectors
1997 inspectors told UN that progress made on Iraq’s missile and chemical programs
            but still missing info
1997 IAEA provided last report on inspections Said if any info was left was a political
            decision
2002 Bush said Iraq could have a nuclear weapon in a year if got enriched uranium
2002 Dep Nat Sec Adv Hadley asked CIA Dir Tenet if story of Iraq trying to buy
            uranium from Niger could be put back in Bush speech Tenet said no
2003 1st battalion of Mahdi Army graduated in Basra
2003 Iraq produced 4,518 megawatts of electricity exceeding CPA target by 118
            megawatts
2004 Iraq Study Group report said Iraq’s WMD destroyed in 1991
2006 Bush told Maliki had to ignore news coming out of US because domestic
            politics
2006 Maliki told Bush he couldn’t ignore US news like talk about dividing Iraq or
            immediate withdrawal
2006 Maliki told Bush he was going to push reconciliation fighting terrorism and
            militias
2010 Obama adm review of Iraq policy VP Biden said wanted Maliki to stay as PM &
            Obama agreed
2015 Badr’s Amiri criticized Abadi’s reforms as full of mistakes and disorganized
2015 Teachers in Sulaymaniya and Halabja struck over unpaid wages


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Center of Hawija Taken As Operation Reaches Final Phase


 
Over the last two days the joint forces have continued their advance and reached the town of Hawija itself. They are also attacking the Riyad sub-district, while continuing to plow through the Hamrin and Makhoul Mountain ranges.

This Day In Iraqi History – Oct 5


1915 6th Army created by Ottomans under command of German Gen von der Goltz
            to defend Mesopotamia from British
1974 Kurdish parliament appointed by Baghdad took office
1975 Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz went to Damascus to discuss uniting Iraq and Syria
1980 Iraq ended unilateral ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War after Iran didn’t follow suite and
            went back to fighting
1982 UN called for ceasefire Iraq accepted Iran rejected
1985 Iraq ended air strikes on Kharg Island Iran’s main oil terminal Hit 21 times but
            no lasting damage
2000 During VP debate Cheney said US might have to take military action to remove
            Saddam in future
2002 CIA Dir Tenet told White House to remove Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger
            from Bush speech Said intel was weak
2002 Knight Ridder article quoted several intelligence officers that Bush admin
            ignoring dissenting opinions on aluminum tubes
2004 Bremer said US never had enough troops in Iraq while he was running the CPA
            Said military thought troop levels fine
2005 Parliament changed decision from actual voters back to registered ones for no
            vote on constitution
2005 Suicide bomber hit mosque in Hilla, Babil killing 27 wounding 87
2005 UK official claimed Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah providing EFPs
            to Shiite militias in Basra to attack British troops
2006 US disbanded 8th Natl Police Bgd Arrested commanders for kidnapping 26
            Sunnis killing 7 of them in Baghdad
2006 Sunni leaders told Sec State Rice Iraq breaking apart They were victims of
            sectarian violence & no one protecting them
2006 SCIR head Hakim told Sec State Rice Shiites tried to work with Sunnis but they were
            obstructionists
2006 Sec State Rice told Maliki if there was no reconciliation US would leave and
            Maliki would end up being hung