Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 14


1949 Communist leaders hanged by PM Said to try to squash opposition
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1958 Iraq and Jordan announced Arab Federation in response to Egypt and Syria’s
            United Arab Republic Kuwait asked to join but said no
1983 Sec of State Shultz met with Iraq’s For Min Hammadi who asked for expanded
trade deals
1986 Iraq counterattacked to try to re-captured Fao Peninsula Failed
1991 During funeral for member of Hakim family anti-Saddam slogans chanted in
            Najaf
1991 Iraq said it would withdraw from Kuwait if Israel withdrew from Palestine sanctions
            ended and Iraq’s foreign debt forgiven
2002 National Sec Adv Rice called Blair For Pol Adv Manning saying US was only
            reviewing its Iraq policy
2003 Chief Inspector Blix briefed Security Council on Iraq inspections Said found no
            evidence of WMD
2003 Blix said 400 inspections at 300 sites Were all without notice and gained entry
            every time Said Iraqis cooperating
2003 Blix said soil samples showed no signs of WMD Iraq still had unaccounted for
            materials Found 2 banned missiles
2003 Blix refuted Powell’s claim that Iraqis were cleaning WMD sites before
            inspections
2003 IAEA head El Baradei said it had dismembered Iraq’s nuke program in 1998 and
            found no evidence that it had been restarted yet
2003 El Baradei said Iraq had provided documents for why aluminum tubes it tried to buy
            had such specific specifications
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 Powell told Security Council Iraq not cooperating with inspections and use of force
            still an option
2003 Saddam issued presidential directive banning companies from importing
            equipment for WMD
2003 Rumsfeld gave speech that U.S. was opposed to nation building in Iraq
2003 Wash Post editorial supported war with Iraq
2003 NSC met over how to respond to a coup in Iraq Didn’t think it was likely but had
            to plan for it
2004 Fallujah police station attacked by insurgents dressed in ISF uniforms killing
            more than 20 officers and releasing prisoners
2004 US intel report Al Qaeda captive al-Libi recanted story Iraq trained Al Qaeda in
            poisons and explosives
2004 Libi’s story of Iraq training Al Qaeda in poisons and explosives were used in
            US intel reports and Powell’s UN speech
2007 Baghdad Security Plan under Surge began
2016 Hakim criticized Abadi’s call for ending quota system saying that PM got
            his job because of quotas


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