Friday, July 20, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 20


1959 Gen Qasim put several Communists on trial for hand in Jul 14 fighting
            between Kurds and Turkmen in Kirkuk
1961 Kuwait admitted to Arab League Iraq stopped working with League as a result
            because Qasim claimed Kuwait as part of Iraq
1970 Pres Bakr attacked Communists for not accepting Baathist leadership in govt
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1987 Iraq accepted UN Res 598 calling for a ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Iran didn’t reject
            it which was a first
1988 Ayatollah Khomeini said that he endorsed Iran-Iraq War ceasefire
1988 Iraq tried to add 3 more requirements to UN Res 598 ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War
including direct talks with Iran Was meant to delay talks so Iraq could gain more territory to increase its position
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
1990 Pentagon report said Iraq unlikely to use force against Kuwait
1991 KDP and PUK launched attacks in Irbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniya provinces UN said
            Kurds had taken large parts of Sulaymaniya Iraq accused Iran of interference
1998 US asked PUK and KDP to meet in Washington for peace talks over civil war
2002 CIA Dir Tenet met MI6 Head Dearlove Tenet said WMD intel didn’t matter
            because war was inevitable
2003 Sadrists protested in Najaf against US harassment
2003 Report US military teams searching for Iraq’s WMD frustrated by not finding
            anything
2003 Report Jun 02 US started campaign to use No Fly Zones to degrade Iraq’s air
            defenses to prepare for invasion
2003 Report US intel actually knew very little about Iraq’s WMD after UN inspectors
            left in 90s
2004 Filipino driver kidnapped by insurgents Was released after Philippines withdrew its
            51 soldiers from Iraq
2004 Blair defended Iraq war to parliament saying caveats should have been included
            in UK dossier on Iraq WMD
2006 Bush told violence moving from insurgency to sectarian Overwhelming Maliki
            govt ISF involved in sectarian violence
2008 Iraqi Accordance Front ended 11 month boycott of parliament gaining no
            concessions from Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on Accordance Front boycott)

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