Sunday, September 30, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - Sep 30


1924 Frontier Commission appointed to determine border between new nation
            of Turkey and Iraq
1958 Agrarian Reform Law issued by Gen Qasim in attempt to redistribute land from large
            landowners to peasants
1958 Pres Qasim removed Arif as Dep PM and Interior Minister because he was a threat to
            the govt
1980 Ayatollah Khomeini refused all talks with Iraq to end war Demanded Saddam step
down Iraq had to admit it was aggressor and pay reparations Basra was to come under Iranian control until Iraq paid debt Referendum in Kurdistan or autonomy or joining Iran
1980 Iranian air force launched Op Scorch Sword attacking Iraq’s Osirak nuclear facility
            Only minimal damage Iran also bombed Baghdad
1980 Iraqis were stopped outside Dezful Ahvas and Abadan in Khuzistan province
            Allowed Iran to re-supply and have access to Shatt al-Arab
1980 Soviet’s Brezhnev said Iran and Iraq both friends of USSR 2 needed to negotiate
            end to war Soviets main military supporter of Iraq
1980 State Dept told Italy’s Foreign Ministry that USSR turned down request by Iraq
for additional military equipment
(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)
2001 Report Al Qaeda defector said bin Laden did not like Saddam because of his attacks
            upon Muslim civilians
2001 Iraqi defector told Sunday Telegraph Saddam started crash program to produce
            WMD in six months
2002 Iraq and UN negotiated new weapons inspections in Vienna but blocked 8
            presidential sites US rejected deal
2002 NYTimes OpEd by Clinton era counterterrorism official Benjamin said Saddam
            thought bin Laden a threat and 2 didn’t cooperate
2003 UN Sec Gen Anan said that UN would only renew its role in Iraq if sovereignty
            passed to an interim govt
2003 Rumsfeld aide ate with Pentagon DefPolBoard member Gingrich and DepSecDef
            Wolfowitz who were lobbying against Bremer
2003 Gingrich would later say Bremer at CPA was biggest foreign policy disaster in
            recent times
2003 Bush told Justice Dep investigating possible unauthorized disclosure of
undercover CIA official fmr Amb Wilson’s wife VP Cheney’s office had leaked her name to press to discredit Wilson
2003 Constitutional preparatory committee came up with 3 ways to name delegates
            to constitutional committee Couldn’t agree on which to use
2004 Iraq Survey Group final report said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for
            rockets not centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2008 Sheikh announced 20 Tribal Support Councils created in Dhi Qar by PM Maliki
Creation of Tribal Support Councils in Dhi Qar led to attacks upon sheikhs in political rivalry between SIIC and Dawa
2014 UK launched first air strikes on IS
2014 Cabinet authorized govt to provide weapons, equipment, salaries to Hashd
2017 Iraqi military said it was going to take over Kurdish border posts by stationing
            troops on Turkish and Iranian side

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