Monday, February 12, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 12


1960 Cleric Muhsin al-Hakim issued fatwa against joining the Communist Party
1974 Iran-Iraq border dispute discussed at UN after firefight killed more than 50
1974 UN got Iran and Iraq to agree to talks to resolve border dispute
1979 Iraq recognized the new revolutionary government in Iran
1984 Iraq launched missiles and air strikes on Dezful, Iran leaving 105 casualties
            during war of cities
1986 Iraq counter attacked to retake Fao from Iranians
1987 Iran started Op Fatah 4 attacking Kurdistan
1988 Saudi King Fahd called Saddam worried about Iran’s new Basra offensive
1991 Russian diplomat Primakov went to Baghdad to try to arrange withdrawal from
            Kuwait Saddam demanded end of sanctions in return
1995 Iraqi army brigade attacked and suffered heavy losses at hands of Badr Brigade in
            Qurna
2001 Rumsfeld said Iraq was probably not a nuclear threat at this time
2002 Powell told Senate that regime change in Iraq was US policy since Clinton
            Said no plans for invasion though
2002 DIA report Iraq tried to buy 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie who was named in Iraq-Niger
            uranium deal docs Denied story
2003 UN inspectors announce Iraq’s Samoud 2 missiles violated range limits set by UN
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq had larger WMD program then before Gulf War
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq would get a nuclear weapon sooner or later and
            would have missiles to deliver it
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate US had briefed UN on all suspected WMD
            sites Didn’t give info on 21 of 105 sites
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate there were Iraq-Al Qaeda contacts but no command
            and control
2004 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid’s convoy attacked in Fallujah
2004 UN rep to Iraq Brahimi met with Ayatollah Sistani about why early elections
            not possible Brahimi said Iraq had to go through process to organize vote
2006 Jaafari won re-nomination of United Iraqi Alliance for premiership with support
            of Sadr
2006 Pres Talabani said Kurdish list refused demands to exclude Allawi’s Iraqiya from
            govt coming from Sadr
2007 Gen Petraeus went to Anbar and endorsed Awakening and said model should be
            copied in rest of Iraq
2010 Election Commission banned 458 candidates for Baath ties from vote after
            court had unbanned them
2010 Election Commission under pressure from Maliki to ban candidates

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