Sunday, November 18, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Nov 18

1914 British launched second attack on Ottoman forces in Zain, Basra
1963 Pres Arif and brother Gen Arif and army put down Baath National Guard militia in Baghdad
Mosul and Kirkuk
1963 Pres Arif removed Baathists from positions in govt including PM Bakr
1968 KDP called on UN to intervene in Iraq during Kurdish revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1973 Communists said they would stop anti-KDP propaganda campaign attacking it as feudal party
and capitalist tool
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1979 Naji Suwaidi became premier of Iraq
1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Iraqis trying to convince them to cooperate with
weapons inspectors
1998 UN inspections began again in Iraq with goal of causing a confrontation to justify US bombing
2002 New UN inspectors arrived in Baghdad
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2005 House Republicans attacked Democrats for trying to cut and run in Iraq by backing withdrawal
US policy was withdrawal
2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed Shiite mosque in Khanaqin Diyala 74 dead
2005 Study 90-96% of insurgency were Iraqis only 4-10% foreign fighters
2006 Pentagon and Joint Chiefs papers on Iraq said US should follow Gen Casey plan to withdraw
turn things over to Iraqis Joint Chiefs paper said Iraq falling into civil war US strategy not working
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 US intel report on Iraq said US had no good options in Iraq
2006 VP Cheney’s office memo on Iraq said US should back Shiites and Kurds and forget about
Sunnis
2008 US signed Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that set 12/31/11 withdrawal date for US
forces

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