Friday, March 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 8


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Iraqi Women Before And After The 2003 Invasion, Interview With Prof Nadje Al-Ali Univ of London

1916 British tried and failed to take the Dujaila Redoubt from Ottomans losing 4,000 men
1920 Hundreds of ex-Ottoman soldiers including many Iraqis petitioned Prince Faisal about how Arab
revolt didn’t workout during WWI Went to Iraq to fight British
1950 105,000 Iraqi Jews registered to immigrate to Israel Almost 40,000 had already immigrated under new
govt law allowing immigration
1959 Fighting continued in Mosul between Communist backers of Gen Qasim and his opponents
(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)
1959 Coup leader Col Shawaf sent two planes to bomb Baghdad radio station but failed
1959 Gen Qasim bombed Col Shawaf’s HQ in Mosul Afterward one of Shawaf’s soldiers killed him
thinking coup failed Ended Mosul Revolt
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1963 Baath seized power in Syria opening door to unification with Baath led Iraq
1980 Iran withdrew its ambassador from Iraq Prelude to Iran-Iraq War
1984 UN sent team to Iraq to investigate Baghdad’s use of chemical weapons against Iran
1986 Iraqi counterattacks ended Iran Op Wa al-Fajr 9 in Sulaymaniya
(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)
1991 Peshmerga captured Sulaymaniya from govt forces
1991 Turkish Pres Ozal changed policy and held talks with KDP and PUK for first time
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1991 Iranian Pres Rafsanjani called on Saddam to step down from power
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
1998 UN inspectors went to old and new Defense Ministry buildings and found nothing
1998 Iraqis told UN inspectors they knew Clinton admin wanted to provoke a confrontation to strike Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US manipulated UN inspections)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)
2002 Iraq options paper given to Blair Said UK could strengthen containment or regime change
using military Said invasion only way to ensure removal of Saddam
2002 UK cabinet meeting said US no longer wanted to contain Iraq Said only way to remove
Saddam was through invasion but no justification for it
2002 CIA report on Fmr Amb Wilson’s trip to Niger to investigate Iraq trying to buy uranium Niger
denied any deal Said June 1999 Iraqi delegation met with Niger PM about business which PM thought was buying uranium CIA analysts believed FmrAmb Wilson confirmed Iraq was interested in buying uranium from Niger
2002 State Dept believed Wilson’s trip confirmed that Iraq had not tried to buy uranium from Niger
2002 Wilson would later claim that he talked about docs alleging Iraq-Niger uranium deal but he
didn’t know about them until later
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Blair’s final attempt to get UN Security Council to pass 2nd resolution supporting force against Iraq
failed
2003 Blair’s foreign policy adviser Manning told Rice Blair willing to lose his govt in order to fight Iraq war
2003 DIA report to Rumsfeld said that IAEA was dismissing Iraq-Niger uranium story because based upon
questionable docs Said that Wilson’s trip found evidence that Iraq was interested in buying uranium from Niger Was Navy report uranium was in Benin warehouse Said Somali businessmen talked about shipment that was similar to Iraq-Niger uranium deal even though didn’t mention Iraq Niger or uranium
2003 US official said administration had been duped by fake docs claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium from
Niger
2003 Fmr Amb Wilson told CNN US govt should and did know that Iraq-Niger uranium story was false
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Army Corps of Engineers gave KBR $7 bil contract to repair Iraq’s infrastructure after war
2004 Transitional Administrative Law signed into effect as temporary constitution Shiites on Iraqi
Governing Council who had objected to TAL finally signed it Sistani said it was illegitimate and any further laws must be passed by an elected Iraqi parliament
2004 Natl Sec Adv Rice said that UN rep Brahimi had to return to Iraq to complete work on new Iraqi govt
2008 5000 protested in Basra against army and police commanders
2009 Suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 28 outside police academy
2015 ISF turned over Dour to Hashd who started destroying property
2018 Report 2018 budget only had $344 mil for reconstruction out of $20 bil capital budget IMF and Iraq
planned on roughly $10 bil per year for rebuilding over 5 years
2018 Hundreds protested in Baghdad over sewage and lack of electricity Demanded Abadi form a committee
to deal with issues

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