Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 10


1949 Communist Party leaders sentenced to death
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1963 estimated 5,000 Communists executed by Baath since coup against Gen. Qasim
1964 Pres Arif agreed to ceasefire with Mulla Mustafa Barzani
1972 Saddam visited Moscow to push for strategic agreement with Iraq
1974 Border dispute between Iran-Iraq led to gunfight killing 23 Iraqis 30 Iranians
1984 Iraq fired missiles at Dezful, Iran shelled Basra, Khanaqin, Mandali
1988 Iraq restarted attacks on Iranian shipping Iran retaliated in kind
2002 CIA presented covert action plan against Iraq
2003 Australian Premier Howard met Bush Bush said Saddam would leave power or US
            would remove him
2003 France Germany Russia statement called for more time for inspections Doused
            US hopes France would back 2nd UN Res on Iraq
2003 UK intel report said attack on Iraq would increase threat of terrorist attacks by
            Al Qaeda
2003 New Yorker article reported UnderSecDef Feith’s office claim that Iraq
            connected to Al Qaeda and supporting Zarqawi
2003 German officials investigating Zarqawi said found no evidence he was linked to
            Iraqi govt
2003 US defense attache report that he looked at Benin warehouse and found no
            uranium headed for Iraq Inspection done in Dec 2002
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 CPA Order 57 created Inspector Generals in each Iraqi ministry to fight
            corruption
2004 Car bomb hit Iskandiriya Babil police station killed 50
2004 Report almost all of SecState Powell’s 03 UN speech on Iraq WMD and ties
to terrorism proved wrong
2005 NSC staffer Zelikow told Rice Iraq failed state stuck in violence
2006 Report 1920 Revolution Brigades Amman Brigades Mujahadeen Army working to
            expel Al Qaeda in Iraq from Ramadi after it killed head of Albu Fahad tribe
2006 Fmr CIA Natl Intel officer for Near East Pillar said intel on Iraq was cherry picked
            by White House to justify war
2007 Gen Petraeus replaced Gen Casey as US commander in Iraq
2009 Sen Kerry went to Syria to try to improve relations as part of Obama’s new Iraq
policy of including neighbors in strategy
2016 Abadi said he wanted technocrats to replace existing ministers

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