Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 14


1927 Agreement made over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Wasn’t signed due to
            Iraqi complaints
1983 State Dept memo said that major setback for Iraq would be strategic
            defeat for West
2002 Iraqi opposition meeting in London Came up with 65 member committee but
            marked by general disunity
2002 Pentagon report on postwar Iraq warned that US could win the war and
            lose the peace
2002 Pentagon report warned there would be no Iraqi govt after invasion so there would be chaos in
            country
2002 Pentagon report warned that U.S. was only planning for war and not postwar Iraq
2002 Pentagon report said Iraq’s economy was a wreck, and that U.S. should not dismiss military
            or carry out extensive deBaathification because could fracture Iraq
2003 Bremer announced US had captured Saddam
2005 Bush admitted that U.S. used faulty intelligence on Iraq but said war still justified
            to remove Saddam
2005 Kurdistan Islamic Union candidate said KDP was attacking party for
            withdrawing from Kurdish list
2008 During signing ceremony for SOFA in Baghdad reporter threw his shoes at
            Bush and Maliki

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Iraq’s Unfinished Jazeera Operation


The Iraqi forces had just re-started the sweep through the Jazeera desert of Anbar and Syria when Prime Minister Haidar Abadi announced victory over the Islamic State. Unfortunately, the premiers declaration took precedent, and the operation was never completed undermining Abadis claim.

This Day In Iraq History – Dec 13


1916 New British offensive launched up Tigris River to retake Kut from Ottomans
2002 UK intel report said U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq could help motivate
            Islamists for next 5 years
2002 Bush said military would have small pox vaccinations Was actually protection
            against possible Iraq WMD attack during invasion
2003 U.S. forces captured Saddam outside Tikrit in Adwar
2003 Fmr Iraqi intelligence officer denied he met 9/11 hijacker Atta in Vienna in 2001
2004 PM Allawi blamed CPA disbanding military for rise in violence in Iraq
2004 Allawi govt claimed 9/11 hijacker Atta was trained by Abu Nidal in Baghdad in
            2001 Proved false
2005 NSC drafted 10 guidelines for putting together new permanent Iraqi govt
            Included competent ministers not connected to Iran or Syria
2005 Border police seized Iranian tanker truck full of fake ballots for Dec election Driver
            claimed other trucks had come across from Iran with ballots
2005 US negotiated ceasefire started with insurgents before Dec 15 parliamentary
            elections
2006 Joint Chiefs objected to Surge idea in meeting with Pres Bush Said needed
            troops for other threats like NKorea
2006 Bush told Joint Chiefs he was going to have a troop Surge despite their
            objections


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Displacement Crisis In Iraq, When Will People Go Home?


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently released two reports detailing the continued displacement crisis in Iraq. The IOM is the major organization dealing with this issue in conjunction with the United Nations and the Iraqi government. Since the end of 2016, thousands of people started returning to their homes. Those remaining however, are facing a series of difficulties that may keep them from going back for the foreseeable future.

This Day In Iraqi History – Dec 12


1922 Sir Herbert Samule proposed UK create Arab state of Iraq Hijaz Palestine
            Trans-Jordan maybe Najd
1932 Shiite leaders told Yasin Hashemi they would back him for PM if they got
            majority of cabinet posts
1973 Govt offered new autonomy plan for Kurds but rejected by Mustafa
            Barzani and KDP
1982 Iran attacked Qasr e-Shirin central Iran
1983 Iraq fired missiles at 6 Iranian cities killing 24 and wounding 283
1996 Uday Hussein seriously injured in assassination attempt in Baghdad by Nahdah
            opposition group
2001 Gen Franks briefed Rumsfeld on invasion preparations and estimated costs with
            start time in spring 2002
2003 US Special Forces captured Mohammed Musslit who led them to Saddam
2003 CPA adv Diamond told Rice that US should include UN in CPA’s plans to create
            new Iraqi govt Could alleviate Sistani’s demands for elections
2003 Pentagon audit found Halliburton overcharged $61 mil for delivering fuel to Iraq
2003 US guards at Abu Ghraib prison took pictures of themselves abusing Iraqi prisoners
2005 DIA report Insurgents recruiting networking training in prisons Could be
            more dangerous after release
2005 Rumsfeld told US Iraq Cmdr Gen Casey and US Iraq Amb Khalizad insurgents
            networking in Iraqi jails
2005 Report early 05 Islamist insurgents met with Al Qaeda in Iraq asking for a joint
            command Al Qaeda in Iraq said no wanting control
2006 Bush told NSC he was not going to announce Surge until Jan 07 Wanted new
            DefSec Gates in office
2009 Iraq held second auction for international oil companies to bid on its oil fields
2009 Blair said he would still have removed Saddam without WMD and that
            Saddam was a threat to world no matter what
2009 Maliki questioned by parliament over Baghdad bombings starting in August
            MPs complained about lack of coordination by ISF
2012 Diyala council voted to hold a referendum on turning province into a
            region
2013 Iraq signed $1.1 bil deal to buy 24 FA-50 light fighter jets from South Korea


Monday, December 11, 2017

Iraq’s PM Abadi’s Second Chance To Be Something More Than A War Leader



Abadi at victory parade in Baghdad Dec 2017 (Iraq Prime Minister Office)

Prime Minister Haidar Abadi is riding high off the recent victory over the Islamic State. The group no longer holds any towns or cities in Iraq, and the premier made an official announcement of their defeat and held a victory parade in Baghdad to celebrate. The war has made the premier vastly popular with the public as recent opinion polls show. Abadi now has the chance to prove himself as a politician who can handle non-war matters a second time after failing miserably when he first entered office.

This Day In Iraqi History – Dec 11


1922 UK Colonial Office wrote only reason King Faisal accepted in Iraq was because
            he was backed by British
1961 Gen Qasim took 99.5% of Iraq Petroleum Companys concessions and
            created Iraq National Oil Company
2002 Pentagon started another post-war planning group just 3 months before invasion
2005 Report French intel told CIA several times in 2002 that no evidence to support Iraq-
            Niger uranium story
2005 National Dialogue Council’s Salah al-Mutlaq called for US to bring back Saddam
            era police and soldiers as long as didn’t have blood on their hands
2006 Outside experts told Bush status quo and withdrawal plan not working in Iraq
2006 Ret Gen Keane told Bush US needed troop surge that would protect civilians using
            counterinsurgency
2011 Human Rights Min found mass grave in Basra from Saddam era


Sunday, December 10, 2017

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 10


1949 Ali Aiyubi became premier of Iraq for 2nd time
1981 Report that Soviet Union resumed arms deliveries to Iraq after ban when Iran-Iraq War started
1983 Dawa members including Abu Muhandis set off 5 bombs at US and French embassies and 
           other targets in Kuwait killing 6 wounding 80
1996 Oil for Food program started operating in Iraq
1999 UN Res 1281 extended Oil for Food Program for Iraq
2001 Ansar al-Islam formed from 3 Kurdish Islamist groups
2002 USAID said Iraq would be small intervention but security needed to be first priority
2002 NSC committee presented humanitarian plan for postwar Iraq based upon
            secure environment and small US role
2002 IAEA went to Al Qaim facility US claimed was an active Iraqi nuclear plant
            Found it destroyed
2003 CPA presented list of 1,706 priority projects US and Iraq didn’t have money
            for all of them
2003 US asked France Germany Russia to forgive some of the debt Iraq owed them
2003 Russia refused US request to forgive its Iraq debt after US banned it from
            bidding on reconstruction projects
2007 Def Sec Gates told NSC that Pres Tabalni told him Maliki was intolerable and
            US should help remove him

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Musings On Iraq In The News

I was quoted by Paul Iddon in "Terror and Murder - Islamic State Switches to an Insurgency in Iraq" for War Is Boring.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Security In Iraq, Dec 1-7, 2017


For 17 straight weeks Iraq has had less than 100 security incidents reported per week. During the first seven days of December there were just 59 Incidents the same amount as the last full week of November. There were 252 reported deaths, but 202 of those were from several mass graves in Ninewa, meaning there were only 50 violent deaths and another 61 injured mentioned in the media.