Thursday, July 19, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 19


1920 British defeated tribal fighters at Battle of Ahrdiyat
1921 Royal Iraqi Military College opened
1988 Iraq used poison gas against Kurdish villages
1988 Iraq took Dehloran Iran 20,000 Iranian casualties 6000 captured
1991 UN complained Baghdad blocking it from helping displaced in southern marshes
1991 Demonstration in Kurdistan over food shortages led to police firing into crowd
            Led to 2 days of fighting with 100 killed
2002 MI6 head Dearlove said US already decided on military action to remove Saddam
            talk was now about how and when
2002 Gen Franks briefed Bush on Running Start war plan Would have enough forces
            in theater for 100,000 to start operations
2003 On defensive over not finding WMD White House released parts of 02 National
            Intel Est that Iraq was rebuilding its WMD and nuke programs
2003 US began asking UN for help in Iraq after it spurned its role immediately before
            and after invasion
2004 Carnegie pre-2002 US intel on Iraq WMD generally good 02-03 reporting became
more certain beyond evidence Bush admin misrepresented threat posed by Iraq WMD and nuke program UN inspectors proved accurate that Iraq didn’t have WMD or nuke programs nor stocks
2005 US complained to Iran about supplying EFPs to militias
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
2005 2 Sunni members of constitutional committee Issa and Obeidi were assassinated
            Sunni delegation suspended work afterward
2005 Iraq-Iran signed deal for Iraq to export 150,000 bar/day of oil to Iranian refinery
            in Abadan and send refined products back to Iraq
2006 Report Iraqi govt told civilians in Baghdad to check IDs of ISF to make sure they
            were real not death squads or insurgents
2006 NSC memo Maliki govt struggling to implement policy and deal with security
Said Interior Min making violence worse Called for review of US Iraq strategy Suggested troop increase might be necessary
2008 Gen Petraeus said Al Qaeda was changing focus from Iraq to Afghanistan
(Musings On Iraq article on decline of insurgency)
2017 Salahaddin Gov Jabouri arrested over corruption charges

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