Wednesday, September 5, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 5


1920 Gertrude Bell wrote that Iraq was in the middle of a jihad during 1920 revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1922 UK PM George told Colonial Sec Churchill England was going to stay in
            Iraq because of its oil potential George had thought about complete withdrawal
1939 PM Said broke relations with Germany as WWII started Didn’t consult with
            Golden Square officers that wanted concessions from British first
1965 Imam Khomeini arrived in Najaf from Turkey spending next 13 years there He
            gained support of cleric Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim
1975 Saddam went to Paris to finalize terms of nuclear deal for a reactor and uranium
1990 Saddam called for overthrowing Saudi and Egyptian govts for their opposition to
            Kuwait invasion Said that Muslims should rise up in the name of Islam
1993 Ahmad al-Samarraie became premier of Iraq
2002 Blair officials met over draft of WMD dossier Said Iraq had capability to produce
WMD Not sure it had made any Discussed WMD dossier Said Iraq had nuclear program but couldn't make weapon with sanctions
2002 Powell called CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks saying he was worried not enough
troops planned for invasion Franks told Powell thanks for the advice but US military different from when he served
2002 Arab League rejected any attack upon Iraq
2004 Start of 2 days of protests in Najaf against Mahdi Army telling them to leave city
2006 Bush speech said US had to stay the course in Iraq or would regret it later
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2008 Pres Barzani said Kurds not treated fairly in govt Being cut out of key decisions
Baghdad not fulfilling promises made to KRG Called Maliki an autocrat Claimed Arabs were out to get Kurds and asked whether Kurds should continue to support Maliki govt
(Musings On Iraq article on Barzani’s comments)
2009 500 demonstrated in Hawija against joint Iraq-Peshmerga-U.S. patrols in town Said
            only army should be doing security in district
2014 Germany sent first shipment of military supplies to Peshmerga

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