Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 18


1916 British leaders told troops to continue advance in Mesopotamia vs
            Ottomans after huge loss at Kut One of biggest British defeats in WWI
1950 PM Said threatened to expel Jews from Iraq over Israel
1980 Iran’s Foreign Minister rejected Iraq’s claim to Shatt al-Arab
1980 Saddam sent Tariq Aziz to Arab countries to argue Iraq’s case to back it against Iran
1980 Iraqi artillery hit Iranian city of Abadan
1980 2 Iranian F-5 Tiger IIs fired upon Iraqi troops along the Iran-Iraq border and were
            shot down by Iraqi anti-aircraft fire
1980 Iraq’s generals made final battle plans for invasion of Iran and set 9/22/80 as
            invasion date
1985 Iranian Op Al Quds 5 in Kurdistan ended with Iranian forces largely pushed back
            after Iraqi counteroffensive
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1990 Iraq Army Chief of Staff Gen Khazraji told Saddam Iraq would lose any war
            with US
1995 Hussein Kamal interview with Time Said he defected to Jordan to help Iraq Said
Iraq had been at war too long since Iran-Iraq War Criticized Saddam for executions and arrests
1996 KDP attacked Kurdish displaced camp along Iranian border killing 11 wounding
            30 during campaign against PUK
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
2001 Richard Clarke’s counterterrorism office sent Rice memo saying no Iraq-9/11 links
            found
2001 DepDefSec Wolfowitz wrote Rumsfeld that Iraq backed terrorists and might
have been behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing using conspiracy theorist Mylroie’s argument 
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
(Musings On Iraq article on how Bush admin went from 9/11 to Iraq invasion)
2001 Reuters reported 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intelligence in Europe Story was
            false
2002 Rumsfeld told House committee Iraq was close to acquiring materials to build a
            nuclear bomb
2002 CIA Paris Station chief met with Lebanese journalist who said Iraq’s Foreign Min
Sabri willing to work with US Lebanese journalist told CIA Sabri said no WMD or nuke programs Station chief went to CIA HQ to tell about Iraq Sabri’s claims about WMD and nuke programs
2002 CIA’s Iraq Operations Group said Iraq Foreign Min Sabri’s claims WMD and
            nuke programs inactive was dinsinformation
2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said he believed Iraq destroyed its WMD in 90s
2003 Report wave of kidnappings for ransom across Baghdad
2004 Zarqawi front group Jihad and Unification video aired on Al Jazeera saying it
had kidnapped 2 Americans and a Briton in Baghdad Demanded release of Iraqi women prisoners
2005 Iraq draft constitution presented to UN
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
2006 US turned over central Salahaddin to Iraq’s 4th Division Was second such handover
            to ISF
2008 Iraqi army demanded Peshmerga withdraw from Jalawa Diyala after negating deal
with Kurds to allow them to remain in town Part of Maliki policy to pressure Kurds in disputed areas
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki’s pressuring Kurds in Diyala)
2012 Cabinet approved new oil export-revenue sharing deal with KRG
2015 Protests in Baghdad Babil Karbala Najaf Qadisiyah Muthanna Dhi Qar Wasit
            Maysan Basra Diyala over reforms

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