Friday, July 12, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 12


1946 Police tried breaking Communist oil worker strike in Kirkuk Fired on workers Killed 8
wounded 50 Killings condemned in press PM Umari shut down papers in response Helped lead to fall of govt in Nov
1958 Communist party members were warned that something big was going to happen in anticipation
            of Free Officers’ Coup that overthrew monarchy
(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)
1968 PM Yahya threatened to resign over divisions within military that would lead to 1968 coup
1979 Saddam elected new president and head of Regional Command Council of the Baath Party Dhuri
elected VP
1979 Rev Command Council Secretary General Muhyi Hussein Mashadi objected to Bakr stepping down
saying he should have been convinced to stay in office
1982 UN Res 514 called for end to war Iraq accepted it Khomeini rejected it and called on Iraqis to rise up
against Saddam
1983 Reagan signed NSDD 99 to review US policy in Middle East Led to tilt towards Iraq
1988 Iraq Op Tawakalna ala Allah 3 began towards Dehloran in center Recaptured Muhsen border
region Goal was to destroy Iranian forces to prevent postwar threat
1988 Iran withdrew from Halabja district Kurdistan
1988 Iraq started withdrawing from 2,260 sq mi of Iranian territory
(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 Saddam carried out new wave of executions of Baath members and army officers
2001 Iraqi Military Alliance opposition group met in London made up of 60 former officers Called for
democratic Iraq Foreign aid Iraqi soldiers to work with it
2003 British officially took control of Basra Maysan Dhi Qar and Muthanna with no strategy on how to run
them
2003 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby spoke 3rd time with NY Times reporter Miller telling her fmr Amb
Wilson’s wife worked for CIA Was to discredit Wilson
2003 VP Cheney chief of staff Libby talked with Time reporter Cooper who said fmr Amb Wilson’s wife
might’ve sent him on Niger trip
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uraniuam story)
2005 Zarqawi responded to Maqdisi who criticized Al Qaeda in Iraq’s tactics of attacking civilians and
Shiites and suicide bombings Zarqawi said more important to attack Shiites than non-Muslims Accused Shiites of starting sectarian violence Cited Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir who supported suicide missions
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2006 20 people from bus station abducted and executed in Muqtadiya
2007 Bush claimed US making progress on 8 of 18 congressional benchmarks set for Surge Created
constitutional review committee but it had taken no action Passed regions law but no implementation Election Commission formed Supported Surge Reduced sectarian violence Were more ISF Passed budget No progress on reconciliation or relations with Iran and Syria or economic growth No reforming deBaathification No energy law No provincial election law or provincial powers law No amnesty law No disarmament of militias Hadn’t stopped political interference in ISF Not enforced law and order Not taken on militia influence in ISF
2009 VP Hashemi said Baghdad would fight PKK and would form special units to do so Never happened
Meant to appease Turkey
2014 Naqshibandi leader Izzat al-Dhur welcomed and praised IS’s role in fighting against Maliki govt
2017 Asaib Ahl Al-Haq members arrested in Musayib Babil for kidnapping 28 Sunnis and killing 20
of them
(Musings On Iraq article on history of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq)
2018 South Oil Company offices stormed and road to airport blocked in Basra City 1 killed by police Protest
at Rumaila and West Qurna oil fields and 2 other parts of Basra Marches in Baghdad and Wasit
2018 Oil Min Luaibi said govt had come up with response to protests promising 10,000 jobs in oil sector
and investment in water electricity and health care
(Musings On Iraq article on govt response to protests)

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