Wednesday, August 8, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 8


1933 Iraqi army began executing all Assyrian males captured in Bekher
            mountains in Ninewa
1933 Mayor of Zakho began disarming Assyrians in town
1969 Iraqi army destroyed Kurdish village of Dakan near Mosul
1979 5 members of Rev Command Council expelled coup plotters executed by Baath
            party leaders Saddam led session
1979 Saddam appeared on TV to explain coup plot
1979 Assad protested and demanded to see evidence Syria behind coup plot Sent
Foreign Minister and chief of staff to Baghdad Rebuffed by Saddam Ended unity talks Saddam had opposed unity fearing that it would sideline him and give more power to Bakr
1984 Germany announced restrictions on sale of chemical manufacturing equipment
            to Iraq after reports used to make WMD
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1988 UN said ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War would start Aug 20 effectively ending the war
(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)
1988 Govt began military campaign in southern marshes to wipe out insurgents and anti-
            govt tribes in area
1990 Iraq announced merger of Kuwait and Iraq 
1990 Pres Bush said a line had been drawn in the sand at the Saudi-Kuwait border to
            stop anymore Iraqi advances
1995 Govt cut phone lines to other countries Put Republican and Special Republican
Guard on alert Put units on Baghdad streets Saddam Fedayeen put on Jordan-Iraq highway after found out Hussein Kamal defected to Jordan
1995 Iraq claimed Hussein Kamal responsible for hiding weapons programs from UN
inspectors after he defected to Jordan Iraq admitted that it weaponized biological weapons to UN inspectors Hussein Kamal’s defection undermined Iraq’s program to hide its WMD and nuclear programs from UN inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1996 UN agreed to plan for Oil For Food Program
2002 House Majority Leader Armey said that if US didn’t have provocation it would
            not have international support for action vs Iraq
2002 Iraqi opposition met in Washington to talk about political transition in post-
            Saddam Iraq INC wanted exiles to endorse Chalabi as leader
2003 IAEA Found no Iraqi nuclear weapons program after 1991
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2004 Arrest warrant for murder issued for one of Saddam’s lawyers
2004 Arrest warrant for Ahmed Chalabi for counterfeiting dinars and nephew Salim
            Chalabi for murder of Fin Min official
2005 Saddam fired his entire legal team at his trial
2005 Constitutional committee ended its work Negotiations over final draft began within
leadership council of committee Shiite and Kurdish members of constitution committee made more changes to constitution with Sunnis often excluded
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on the drafting of Iraq’s constitution)
2008 Report UN survey found only 4% of Iraqi refugees wanted to return to Iraq Was
            down from 14% in Nov 2007 Were concernedwith security
(Musings On Iraq article on refugee survey)
2014 US began air strikes against IS in Iraq

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