Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 17


1920 British worked out ceasefire with Iraqi rebels to end siege of Abu Sukhair
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1925 Frontier Commission report to League of Nations on where border between Turkey and Iraq should be
Said Mosul vilyat should be in Iraq after British seized it after WW1 armistice Said Assyrians should return to Turkey
(Musings On Iraq article on how Mosul province became part of Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1930 UK intel officer wrote that senior Iraqi army officers gained positions through corruption and
connections to politicians Said were divorced from their troops and would follow any politician that could give them benefits
1951 Iraq made last payment to Turkey of oil revenues in return for giving up claims to Mosul after WWI
1958 Gen. Qasim sent delegation to meet with Gen. Nasser of Egypt to talk uniting 2 countries
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1968 Baath coup overthrew Pres Arif Gen Bakr became president Col Naif premier and Col Daud Defense
Minister
1968 Saddam had lawyer Shawkat executed in Baghdad for refusing him money in 1966
1973 Baath created National Progressive Front with Communists
(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)
1973 Pres Bakr claimed govt had implemented most of autonomy plan for Kurds but Kurds were
undermining it
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1975 Pres Bakr on 7th anniversary of Baath coup said Iraq would reach out to Gulf countries to improve
relations
1978 Saddam interview with Newsweek said Palestinians could come to Iraq to plan terrorist attacks
1979 Public celebrations held for Saddam’s election to presidency
1979 Saddam called for Iraqi-Iranian friendship after Iranian Revolution
1980 Iraqi govt took out ad in NY Times praising Saddam’s rule and comparing him to Abbasid caliphate
1982 Iranian Op Ramadan invasion into Basra Iranian armor bogged down in marsh Iraq counterattacked
and forced Iranian retreat
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1982 Saddam ordered capture of Qasr e-Shirin in center across from Diyala on anniversary of Baath coup
Iraqis attacked twice but failed Jordan ended up sending troops to support Iraqis
1988 Saddam speech at 20th anniversary of Baath seizing power Said Iraq wanted to end Iran-Iraq
War Set 5 conditions Direct talks UN clearing of Shatt al-Arab Free navigation of Gulf End of Iranian attacks on shipping Prisoner exchange
1988 Saddam ordered Iraqi troops to start withdrawing from Iran
1988 Rafsanjani went to Khomeini to convince him to end war Khomeini said he would take
responsibility for war Pres Khameini wrote UN Secretary General de Cuellar requesting ceasefire and accepting UN Res 598
1988 Soviet UN Amb Vorontsov made trip to Middle East to help negotiate end to war
(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)
1990 Saddam accused Kuwait and UAE of overproducing oil Said some Gulf states were working with US
against Iraq Said if Gulf states didn’t change their policies Iraq would take action to protect its interests Said Iraq would protect itself from Israeli aggression
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s motivation for threatening Israel before the Kuwait invasion)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1995 PUK accused KDP of working with Iraqi army to attack Irbil
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2001 Saddam speech on anniversary of Baath coup said tyrants would not be able to overthrow him and he
would not be defeated
2002 34th anniversary of Baath coup Saddam gave speech saying he would defeat all the powerful and evil
people arrayed against him
2002 Iraq issued arrest warrant for Zarqawi who had been traveling through the country from Iran
2002 Def Sec Rumsfeld told Gen Franks projected war preparations costs by 12/1/02 would be
around $700 mil US was expanding air fields and pre-positioning fuel in northern section of Kuwait
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2003 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Abizaid said US facing classic guerrilla war in Iraq
2003 Saddam tape aired on Al Arabiya TV on anniversary of Baath coup Said Bush and Blair lied to justify
war Condemned Iraqi Governing Council
2003 Report Pentagon set up its own intelligence office on Iraq before war
2003 Time reporter govt officials told him fmr Amb Wilson’s wife was CIA official Talked with Cheney
Chief of Staff Libby about matter beforehand Libby leaked information about Wilson’s wife in attempt to discredit him for opposing Iraq-Niger uranium story White House promoted
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Gen Moseley 02-03 US-UK aircraft conducted 21,736 sorties and dropped more than 600 bombs on
391 targets Air raids were part of No Fly zones but were aimed at weakening Iraqi defense before 03 invasion
2005 Iraqi court filed charges against Saddam for executing people in Dujail in 1982
2005 Shiite MP Khuzai said time to bring back militias because Interior and Defense Ministries had failed
to stop terrorism
2005 Iraq-Iran deal signed for $1 bil line of credit to buy Iranian products
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2005 Report Bush signed and then rescinded order to provide covert aid to candidates in Iraq’s 2005 Jan
elections
2005 Congressional Budget Office reported military and reconstruction spending on Iraq cost U.S. $218.2
bil 03-05
2007 Truck bomb in Amerli Salahaddin killed 156
2015 Protest in Basra over electricity ISF fired into crowd 1 killed Protesters shot back Also protest in
Nasiriya and Amara where highway to Basra blocked
2018 Protests in Baghdad Najaf 2 in Basra 2 in Dhi Qar Most broken up by police
2018 Govt launched media campaign to discredit protests claiming they were full of infiltrators Baathists
criminals outsiders and terrorists
2018 Report ISF arrested more than 50 reporters covering protests and assaulted some
(Musings On Iraq article on July 17 protests)

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