Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 13


1959 Communists said it stood for Arab unity but not in a quick and simple manner Was
taking shot at pan-Arabists and Nasser who called for immediate unity
(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)
1967 Pres Arif speech declared Freedom Socialism and Unity belonged to no Party co-opting
Baathist slogans
1979 Iraq sent memo to new Iranian govt after revolution asking for friendly relations
1985 Saddam offered amnesty to Kurds that fought against govt Rejected by KDP and PUK
1986 Iran in full control of Fao Peninsula Basra Lost 600 dead 2000 wounded Iraq 5000 dead and
wounded 1500 captured
1986 Report around 2,000 Iranian troops suffered mustard gas burns in Fao Peninsula from Iraqi
attacks
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper 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)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1991 Amiriya shelter in Baghdad bombed by U.S. during Gulf War 408 killed
1998 UN chief Annan said he had a personal initiative to end inspector crisis with Iraq Began consulting
with Security Council members to win approval
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Saudis refused to allow its territory to be used by US for air strikes vs Iraq as tensions raised over
inspectors
1999 AP reported that Saddam offered bin Laden shelter after being kicked out of Afghanistan False story
2002 Bush at press conference said he had a number of options for dealing with Iraq
2002 Bush admin officials told several media outlets they had decided to move against Iraq
2003 UN announced it had humanitarian plan for Iraq working with 6 regional countries and had $30.6 mil
and would ask for another $88.8 mil
2003 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks told Bush he had Iraqi mayors for each city to run things after invasion
He didn’t
2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie second time over Iraq-Niger uranium deal Denied
story
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 After talks with Sistani UN endorsed Ayatollah’s call for early elections but said they couldn’t happen
as soon as Sistani wanted
2004 Report CIA review showed it relied upon too many unreliable exile sources for intel on Iraq’s WMD
Included INC defector Haideri May 02 labeled fabricator by DIA but story continued to be used
2005 Early election results showed that Shiite United Iraqi Alliance got 140 of 275 seats in parliament
missing majority it wanted
2005 Provisional election results released UIA 48% Kurds 26% Iraqiya List 14% 58% voter turnout
2006 Saddam returned to court on order of judge and chanted “Down with Bush!”
2007 Baghdad Security Plan under Surge began Would place US and Iraqi forces in neighborhoods set up
combat outposts and focus upon protecting population
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
2007 Report Austrian sniper rifles Iran ordered showed up in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
2007 Al Qaeda head Zawahiri released audiotape saying Bush gambled on Iraq and lost
2008 Parliament passed Provincial Powers Act to devolve authority to governorates Never really
implemented
2011 Khairallah Babakir of Kurdish Alliance named Trade Minister in new Maliki govt
2016 Sadr said economic reforms needed and better govt Gave Abadi 45 day deadline and supported
his technocratic govt idea
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

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