Friday, August 3, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 3


1954 Nuri al-Said became Iraq’s premier 7th time Went after opposition parties
1990 Amnesty said Iraqi army had arrested Iraqi exiles in Kuwait
1990 Arab League said it would mediate dispute between Iraq and Kuwait after invasion
1990 2nd NSC meeting on Kuwait invasion Bush said he agreed with Thatcher that Iraq’s
actions could not stand Bush said regional leaders were just talking about accepting the situation even though didn’t like it NatSecAdv Scowcroft said US wouldn’t accommodate Iraq DefSec Cheney said Iraq was close to Saudi oil fields If didn't seize them would threaten them in future Bush and advisers agreed force might be necessary against Iraq and sanctions would probably fail
1990 Bush ordered CIA to come up with destabilization plan against Saddam
1990 Bush met Saudi Amb to US Bandar and convinced him to support US troops
            being sent to his country
1998 Tariq Aziz met UN inspectors Complained they were focusing upon minor issues  
not important to disarmament Said dragging out process at behest of US Demanded that Iraq be certified WMD free and inspections end Aziz said Iraq had nothing else to declare about its weapons programs Chief UN inspector Butler said Iraq had not provided evidence to prove claim it had declared all of its weapons programs
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2004 Sadr ordered his followers to seize Najaf shrine and attack Coalition forces in south
            starting 2nd Battle of Najaf
2004 Mahdi Army kidnapped 18 police demanding release of their militiamen in return
            for freeing officers
2005 Integrity Commission investigating a number of corrupt deals made by Defense
Ministry under Allawi govt One Defense Ministry deal was with Poland’s Bumar that included helicopters that turned out to be 28 years told Another deal was for ammunition which cost four times more than it was worth
2005 Report Defense Min lacked capacity to pay supply recruit and replace personnel
            and carry out promotions or deliver spare parts
2006 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Senate Iraq could fall into civil war if
            violence continued
2006 Report outgoing UK Amb to Iraq said Iraq would be unstable for 5-10 yrs Said
Iraq could breakup along ethnosectarian lines Said had to stop Mahdi Army from becoming like Hezbollah
2006 Inter Min Bolani said rogue elements within his ministry Told parliament new  
uniforms and IDs would be made to distinguish between real and fake police Said he would root out corrupt police and those accused of torture and would show results by end of August Inter Min only ordered 25,000 new uniforms for force of 145,000
2006 Report some neighborhoods in Baghdad set up checkpoints and refused to allow
            police in without US troops accompanying them
2006 Report of 14,000 planned reconstruction projects in Iraq more than 500 had not
been started Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said start of US reconstruction effort was confused overwhelming lacked coordination and planning
2014 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Began massacre and enslavement of
            Yazidis
(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 
(Musings On Iraq article on how KRG tried to cover up what happened to Yazidis in Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg on dispute between KDP Hashd and Yazidis in Sinjar)
2014 IS attacked north into Irbil

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