Sunday, September 24, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 24

1978 In Iran-Iraq deal Iraqi troops surround Imam Khomeini’s house in Najaf
            Told he could only stay in Iraq if abandoned politics
1979 Iraq warned Iran to not to interfere in Bahrain after Ayatollah Rohani
called on Shiites to rise up against their Sunni rulers
1980 Iranian Navy attacked Basra and Fao Peninsula Destroyed 2 oil terminals limited
            Iraq’s exports
1980 Iran started naval blockade of Shatt al-Arab, Basra
1990 Kurd, Shiite and Communist opposition parties claimed united front against
1991 UN Inspectors found over 53,000 documents at Atheer facility but were held
            for 4 days by Iraqis until could leave
2001 William Safire op ed said clear link between Iraq-Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam
2002 UK dossier on Iraq WMD released Blair told parliament that Iraq had WMD and
            it was producing them
2002 UK dossier said that Iraq could use WMD in 45 minutes
2002 UK dossier said Iraq could build a nuclear bomb in 2 years Iraq tried to buy
            uranium from Africa
2002 UK dossier said no definitive intelligence that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy
            were for nuke program
2002 UK ForSec Cook was surprised dossier on Iraq was mostly old WMD material
2002 CIA Dir Tenet briefed Senate Foreign Relations Committee on intel on Iraq’s
2002 CIA Dir Tenet told Sen For Rel Comm Iraq rebuilding its nuclear
            program Proof bought aluminum tubes Niger uranium deal
2003 Bremer met Bush said he was optimistic about Iraq but concerned about growing
2003 Bremer met Bush complained about Congress number of US troops quality of
            intel training new Iraqi forces
2003 Bush told Bremer he was too controlling and doing too much Bremer said he
            would work on it
2003 CPA Governor of Anbar Mines warned that attacks and public anger at US
2004 Bush and Blair talked about staying course in Iraq and Allawi needing a
            professional staff
2004 Report Defense Science Board review found US didn’t have enough troops
            to stabilize Iraq
2008 Provincial Election Law passed allowing vote on Jan 31, 2009

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Shirqat Freed, Clearing In Anbar, Hawija In the Offing

The multi-front campaign to rid Iraq of the last bastions of the Islamic State made more progress. Shirqat in northern Salahaddin was freed, the Iraqi forces were clearing the latest gains in Anbar, while Hawija was pending.

This Day In Iraqi History – Sep 23

1955 Iran joined Iraq, England, Turkey security agreement Would become
            anti-Communist Baghdad Pact
1961 KDP banned by Gen Qasim and several leaders arrested due to Mustafa Barzani’s
Kurdish revolt
1986 Iran ended Op Karbala 3 in Fao Peninsula and Majnoon Island
1986 Soviet For Min Shevardnadze told UN that USSR was attempting to negotiate
            end to Iran-Iraq War
1989 Kuwait Emir given medal by Saddam in Baghdad for help during Iran-Iraq
1991 UN inspectors found 4 lockers full of secret nuclear documents in Baghdad
            facility but were seized by Iraqi army
2001 Rice told CNN Iraq would be stage two of war on terror
2002 Blair told cabinet Iraq dossier would show Iraq expanding WMD capabilities
            and erosion of sanctions one cause
2002 Educ Sec Morris asked Blair what had changed about Iraq to go to war other than
            Bush being elected
2002 Inst for Science & Intl Security argued against US claim that aluminum tubes Iraq
            tried to buy were for nuke weapons program
2003 Bush speech at UN said Iraq was frontline in war on terror
2003 Fr Pres Chirac & UN Sec Gen Annan speeches at UN criticized Iraq war saying
            US undermined international system 
2003 Gallup pol majority of Iraqis thought life would be better in 5 years 2/3 of
            Baghdadis said removing Saddam was worth hardships
2003 Iraqi Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi died after being shot 3 days
            before outside her home
2004 Allawi visited White House asking for more reconstruction money and bringing
            back old army units
2006 Army chief of staff called Gen Petraeus to review Iraq policy
2006 DefPolicyBoard member Adelman told Rumsfeld he was a failure as SecDef and never
            took responsibility for Iraq
2007 ISI accused Hamas of Iraq and 1920 Revolution Brigades of killing its members
2016 Sunni tribal Hashd began destroyed 220 homes in Aithah Salahaddin belonging
            to IS sympathizers

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ana Freed In Anbar Whilte Shirqat And Hawija Attacked

The much awaited multi-pronged offensive to free the last Islamic State bastions within Iraq started. The West Anbar campaign took its first major town, Ana along the Euphrates River. Shirqat in northern Salahaddin was also attacked along with neighboring Hawija in southern Kirkuk.

This Day In Iraqi History – Sep 22

1980 Iraq invaded Iran starting Iran-Iraq War
1980 Iraq wanted to protect Kirkuk and Baghdad while seizing Khuzistan province in
            south Iran
1980 Iraq started war bombing 10 Iranian airfields hoping to wipe out air force but
1980 Iraqi army crossed into Iran along 8 routes
1980 Iraqi army moved on Pankwin Iranian Kurdistan to protect Sulaymaniya and
1980 Iraq division seized Qasr-e-Shirin, Iran to block road to Baghdad
1980 Iraqi division took Meghan and reached Zagros Mts to protect flank of southern
            thrust into Iran
1980 4 Iraqi divisions attacked Khuzistan province taking Musian and moving on
            Dezful Ahvaz Shatt al-Arab Khormashahr Abadan
1980 Iraq declared Khuzistan a new Iraq province
1980 UK Defense Committee discussed how to start selling weapons to Iraq
1981 Iran began Operation Samen ol Aemeh to break siege of Abadan Iran’s 2nd largest
1987 Iranian speech at UN rejected UN ceasefire talks
1988 Pres Khomeini addressed UN condemning it for not doing anything about
            Iraq’s aggression during war
2001 Telegraph story claiming Iraq was funding Al Qaeda Quoted CIA and Israeli
2002 Rice said UN sanctions were failing and Iraq using illegal revenues to develop WMD
2003 Zarqawi bombed Canal Hotel Baghdad 2 dead 19 wounded
2003 Bombing of UN compound led to unanimous decision to evacuate UN
            staff from Iraq
2003 Bremer testified to Congress asking for approval of $87 bil in aid for Iraq
2003 Report Iraqi Governing Council members were going to tell Congress US
            reconstruction money being wasted
2004 2 suicide car bombs in Baghdad killed 21 wounded 150
2006 Ret Gen Keane told Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace he was failing and his only
            priority should be winning in Iraq
2006 Joint Chiefs head Gen Pace agreed to set up staff to go over Iraq strategy after
            talking with Ret Gen Keane
2006 Ret Gen Keane suggested Gen Petraeus should be new US Iraq Cmdr to Joint
            Chiefs head Gen Pace
2008 Wasit council headed by SIIC refused to set up Tribal Support Councils because
            seen as tools of Maliki
2016 Parliament dismissed Finance Minister Zebari on corruption charges led by
            Maliki and Reform Front

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Iraqi Forces Continue To Advance In Anbar While Preparing For Shirqat And Hawija

As the west Anbar campaign continues the Iraqi forces are preparing to take on Shirqat in Salahaddin as well as Hawija in south Kirkuk.

This Day In Iraq History – Sep 21

1965 Abdul al-Bazzaz became premier
1968 Provisional constitution drafted by three jurists and presented to Pres. Bakr
            Included return of parliament
1980 Iraq letter to UN outlined steps it took to try to work out outstanding issues with
            new revolutionary govt in Iran
2001 1st CIA report on Iraq and 9/11 found no connection but two had contacts
            in 1990s Bush was briefed on findings
2001 CIA report said didn’t think 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraq intel officer in
            Prague in 2001
2001 CIA Dir Tenet told Bush CIA Czech office questioned 9/11 hijacker Atta met
            Iraqi intel officer in Prague
2001 DIA analyst Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans on CIA report Said info good but
findings of no Iraq-Al Qaeda ties should be ignored
2001 Under Sec of Def Feith sent DIA analysis of CIA report to Wolfowitz and
2001 Admin officials told Wash Times Saddam talked with bin Laden just before 9/11
2001 Iraqi defector claimed Iraq was training terrorists to take over airplanes at Salman
            Pak, Baghdad
2003 French Pres Chirac called for US to immediately hand over sovereignty to Iraqis
2003 Report mid to low level Baathists being assassinated in Baghdad
2003 Iraqi Governing Council said they were under increasing attack after 1 number
            ambushed and shot in Baghdad
2004 US civilian Jack Hensley beheaded by Al Qaeda in Iraq
2014 IS captured Saqlawiya and Sjar, Anbar

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rihana Latest Town Taken In Operation To Liberate West Anbar


After a short pause the Iraqi forces went back on the offensive in west Anbar. The town of Rihana was the latest one to be freed in the region. It is in the Ana district in northwest Anbar along the Euphrates River. Elements of the army’s 7th and 8th Divisions, along with the tribal Hashd were involved in the operation.

This Day In Iraqi History – Sep 20

1959 Gen Qasim executed several leaders of Mosul coup attempt
1980 Iran called up its military reserves Lead up to Iran-Iraq War
1983 Iran threatened to close Persian Gulf if West and Gulf States continued to aid Iraq
1990 British intel report said lots of unknowns about Iraq’s ballistic missile program
1998 British intel report said Iraq probably still had biological weapons program
2001 During meeting on war on terror Blair asked Bush about Iraq who said it was not
            an immediate problem
2001 Blair told Bush they should take time to build up case against Iraq
2001 Undersec of Def Feith told Rumsfeld war on terror should be broad and Iraq
should be included
2001 Undersec of Def Douglas Feith complained about lack of good targets
            in Afghanistan and suggested bombing Iraq for 9/11
2001 Project for a New American Century in letter to Bush said Iraq might have
            supported 9/11 and Saddam had to be targeted in war on terror
2001 US intel officials told press they were looking into Iraq’s connections to 9/11
2001 Israeli intelligence said they thought Iraq connected to 9/11 Claimed Al Qaeda
            funded by Iraqi Intel Service
2001 US and UK jets bomb missile batteries in southern Iraq as part of No Fly Zones
2002 Pentagon set up planning group to deal with rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry after
2002 UK Def Min said it could provide forces for military action against Iraq
2002 Time article White House using unsubstantiated stories to make case of Iraq-Al
            Qaeda ties
2003 Ansar al-Sunnah formed
2003 Governing Council member Aqila Hashemi shot outside her home in Baghdad
            Would die 3 days later
2003 Funeral for SCIRI head Ayatollah Baqir al-Hakim turned into anti-US occupation
            demonstration in Najaf
2004 Zarqawi beheaded US civilian Eugene Armstrong
2006 US commander in Iraq Gen. Casey gave his support to Anbar Awakening
2006 Chief judge in Saddam’s trial removed by cabinet for saying Saddam was not a
2006 Intel report to Rumsfeld Iraq breaking up more Iraqi politicians stuck in
            ethnosectarian camps
2015 Human Rights Watch report on Hashd and Jabouri tribe destroying buildings in
Dour Albu Ajeel Alam Ali & part of Tikrit after Tikrit freed
2015 400-600 buildings destroyed in Dour 75 in Albu Ajeel 45 in Alam
            28 in Ali over 200 in Tikrit’s Qadisiyah

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Security In Iraq Sep 8-14, 2017

Violence in Iraq remained at a very low level for the second week of September 2017. There were few reported security incidents, but casualties were very high due to a large car bombing in southern Iraq, and bodies being recovered from the rubble in Mosul.