Saturday, March 10, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 10

1917 British forces defeated Ottoman defenses outside Baghdad in Diyala
            River Led Ottomans to abandon Baghdad
1975 Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council and Regional Command of Baath Party
            ratified Algiers Agreement with Iran
1975 Mustafa Barzani sent letter to Kissinger saying that Kurds were being
            destroyed by Iraqi govt and asked for U.S. help
1980 Iraq declared Iran’s ambassador persona non-grata as dispute built up leading
            to Iran-Iraq War
1986 Iraq’s 3rd attempt to re-capture Fao Peninsula failed Iraq lost 8,000-12,000
            dead Iran 20,000
1986 1st time Iran took and held sizeable amount of Iraqi territory Took 130 sq
            mi of Iraqi land
1990 Saddam issued amnesty for Kurdish fighters
1991 IRGC attacked 2 Mujahedeen e-Khalq camps in Iraq during Shiite uprising
1991 Kurdish uprising spread to Tuz Kharmato and Dohuk
1991 Govt imposed curfew in Kirkuk to try to stop unrest
1991 US troops began withdrawing from Persian Gulf
2002 Report UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee investigation found no links between
            Iraq and 9/11
2002 CIA briefing included story that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 UK gave Iraq 6 requirements to meet if wanted to avoid war including Saddam going
            on TV and admitting to WMD
2003 Bush told Blair 2nd UN resolution against Iraq was waste of time Was major policy
            goal of Blair
2003 Bush talked to his advisors about giving an ultimatum to Saddam to leave power
2003 US official said Iraq had cluster munitions to disperse WMD
2003 ORHA head Garner briefed Bush on plans for postwar Iraq including using
            army for reconstruction and interim govt
2003 Bush approved ORHA’s plan then didn’t follow it after invasion
2003 NSC briefed on postwar Iraq plans Included excluding 25,000 top Baathists from
            govt Using Iraqi courts and police
2003 NSC postwar Iraq plans included establishing rule of law
2003 Bush said US needed to get Iraqis running new govt and US would not pick new
            Iraqi leaders
2003 Powell said US had to get a new UN resolution for the US led interim
            administration in postwar Iraq
2003 US Treasury Sec Snow said that US dollars could be used as interim currency in
            Iraq until new dinar created Bush approved plan
2003 Bush approved NSC proposal for light deBaathification after war
2003 Inst for Science & Intl Sec report asked whether US misled public about Iraq
            rebuilding nuke program
2003 Turkeys Erdogan met Bush Argued against deposing Saddam saying it would
            lead to Shiite govt tied to Iran
2003 Gen Franks told White House mayors would be appointed to run Iraq after invasion
            Was not in any postwar plans
2005 Kurds and United Iraqi Alliance agreed on new govt based upon deal to resolve
            future of Kirkuk and PUK’s Talabani becoming president
2009 suicide bombing of tribal gathering with army in Abu Ghraib killed 33
2010 Iran invited Shiite politicians to celebrate Nowruz and pushed them to reunite
            behind Maliki

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