Thursday, August 2, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 2


1914 Ottomans signed alliance with Germany that would bring Mesopotamia into
            WW1
1924 Yasin al-Hashemi became 2nd PM of Iraq Was ordered to organize elections for an
            assembly to draft a constitution
1968 Iraq announced it would seek better ties with Soviet Union and China
1986 Saddam offered peace agreement to Iran Was rejected by Tehran
1988 Iraq bombed Oshnaviyah, Iran with mustard gas wounding 2,680 people
(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)
(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)
1990 Saddam invaded Kuwait originally claiming there was a coup and emir called on
Iraq for help Saddam then changed justification for invasion by saying an opposition govt had overthrown Sabah family and asked for help
1990 Iraq said it would only be in Kuwait for days-weeks until Provisional Free Kuwait
            Govt asked it to leave
1990 Iraq accused Kuwait of being involved in foreign and Zionist plots
1990 Most of Arab world did not report on Iraq’s Kuwait invasion until 2 days
            later
1990 Kuwait’s ruling Sabah family tipped off about invasion U.S. flew them to Bahrain
            and then Saudi Arabia Called for resistance against the Iraqis
1990 Iraq could not find any credible Kuwaitis to establish a provisional govt to run
            country for it
1990 Iraq banned foreign travel for its nationals
1990 Bush NSC meeting focused on how Iraq invasion of Kuwait would allow Baghdad
to control oil market Wondered if Iraq would invade Saudi Arabia to seize its oil Made no decision on what overall policy to take Decided to go to UN gain international support impose sanctions
1990 Natl Sec Adv Scowcroft talked to Bush said he wanted to address next NSC
meeting and express steadfastly that US would not allow Kuwait invasion to stand Bush agreed Discussed using force to expel Iraq from Kuwait
1990 NSC’s Near East Dir Haas drafted memo on using sanctions and military options to
            deal with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait 
1990 Bush met Thatcher who said Kuwait invasion couldn't stand and troops had to be
sent to Middle East Bush agreed Thatcher said that if Iraq’s aggression was allowed to stand no small country could ever feel safe
1990 US stopped loan guarantees to Iraq due to Kuwait invasion Froze Iraqi and Kuwait
            assets in US
1990 Bush told reporters he was not thinking of using force in response to Iraq’s
            invasion of Kuwait
1990 Joint Chiefs chairman Gen Powell told Gen Schwarkopf he thought US would
            go to war over Saudi Arabia but not Kuwait
1990 National Security Adviser Scowcroft thought Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait could
            not stand
1990 UN Resolution 660 demanded Iraq’s immediate withdrawal from Kuwait Said
            Iraq and Kuwait had to use talks to resolve problems
1990 Joint US-USSR statement condemned Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait
1992 Kuwait and Saudi officials argued that Iraq should be divided along ethnosectarian
            lines to stop threat of country to Persian Gulf
2002 DIA report on debate over aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy DIA sided with CIA
            that tubes were for centrifuges Said matched 1950s German centrifuge design
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2004 Marines just given control of Najaf came under attack 1st time by Mahdi Army in
            city
2004 Al Qaeda in Iraq War Min Abu Masri executed Turkish civilian Murat Yuce
2008 Report on wave of female suicide bombers in Iraq Most had family member killed
or arrested and wanted revenge or maintain family honor Main target Sahwa and Iraqi forces
(Musings On Iraq article on female suicide bombers)
2011 Car bomb at Holy Family Syriac Church in Kirkuk 2 other car bombs defused
            at other churches in city
2012 Turkey’s Foreign Min Davotoglu visited Kirkuk City which Iraq’s Foreign
            Ministry called interference in Iraqi affairs
2015 Protests in Seysaib, Irbil Najaf, Basra, and Nasiriya over lack of services

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