Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 25


1961 Gen Qasim claimed Kuwait as part of Iraq for 2nd time
1985 Congress agreed to State Dept request to remove Iraq from list of states
            supporting terrorism
1990 OPEC agreed to raise oil prices and follow quotas allaying Iraq complaints
            Kuwait and UAE overproducing and lowering prices
1990 Saddam met US Amb to Iraq Glaspie saying he wanted meeting to be message
to Pres. Bush Saddam said that US and Iraq didn’t have close understanding of each other that could lead to problems and misunderstandings Claimed US was plotting against him Said UAE and Kuwait forcing down oil prices which was an attack upon Iraq Said US supporting Gulf States at expense of Iraq Said US had to choose sides Said that he would not threaten Kuwait if it forgave debt agreed to OPEC quotas Saddam said he would talk to Kuwait but would not sit and wait while Kuwait waged economic war on Iraq Said that Gulf States refused to renegotiate Iraq’s debt and this was conspiracy led by Kuwait Claimed he would talk with Kuwait about dispute if they didn’t give into Iraqi demands he would act
1990 Amb Glaspie told Saddam Bush wanted better Iraq-US relations Apologized for bad
press on Iraq Asked why Saddam had placed troops near Kuwait border Told Saddam US had no opinion on Iraq-Kuwait border dispute but warned not to use force
1990 Defense Special Assessment said Iraq trying to pressure Kuwait to give into its
            demands and didn’t think it would use military force
1990 Sec of State Baker told Commerce Dept export controls needed on US technology
            going to Iraq that could be used for weapons programs
1990 Asst Sec State for Near East Kelly cancelled interview with Voice of America that
            would have warned Iraq about troops buildup along Kuwait border
1990 Pres Mubarak called Saddam worried about Iraq putting troops on Kuwait border
Claimed Saddam promised not to attack Kuwait Saddam later denied that
2003 Sadr held rally in Najaf saying that he would form his own army to oppose
            US occupation
2003 Japan authorized largest deployment of troops since 1945 to be sent to Iraq
2005 New US Amb Khalilzad said security was his top priority
2005 Sunni members of constitutional committee ended boycott after member assassinated
2006 Op River Falcon to secure Sayifiya south of Baghdad started
2009 KRG parliamentary elections Gorran came in second behind KDP-PUK alliance

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