Thursday, July 25, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 25


1920 Karbala joined 1920 Revolt Tribal fighters beat British at Raranjiya
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1961 Gen Qasim claimed Kuwait as part of Iraq for 2nd time
1985 Congress agreed to State Dept request to remove Iraq from list of states supporting terrorism Was
            part of Reagan’s move towards Iraq
1990 OPEC agreed to raise oil prices and follow quotas allaying Iraq complaints Kuwait and UAE
overproducing and lowering prices
1990 Saddam met US Amb to Iraq Glaspie saying he wanted meeting to be message to Bush Saddam said
that US and Iraq didn’t have close understanding of each other that could lead to problems and misunderstandings Claimed US was plotting against him Said UAE and Kuwait forcing down oil prices which was an attack upon Iraq Said US supporting Gulf States at expense of Iraq Said US had to choose sides Said that he would not threaten Kuwait if it forgave debt agreed to OPEC quotas Saddam said he would talk to Kuwait but would not sit and wait while Kuwait waged economic war on Iraq Said that Gulf States refused to renegotiate Iraq’s debt and this was conspiracy led by Kuwait Claimed he would talk with Kuwait about dispute if they didn’t give into Iraqi demands he would act
1990 Amb Glaspie told Saddam Bush wanted better Iraq-US relations Apologized for bad press on Iraq
Asked why Saddam had placed troops near Kuwait border Told Saddam US had no opinion on Iraq-Kuwait border dispute but warned not to use force
1990 US Defense Special Assessment said Iraq trying to pressure Kuwait to give into its demands and
didn’t think it would use military force
1990 Sec of State Baker told Commerce Dept export controls needed on US technology going to Iraq that
could be used for weapons programs
1990 Asst Sec State for Near East Kelly cancelled interview with Voice of America that would have warned
Iraq about troops buildup along Kuwait border
1990 Pres Mubarak called Saddam worried about Iraq putting troops on Kuwait border Claimed Saddam
promised not to attack Kuwait Saddam later denied that
2003 Sadr held rally in Najaf saying that he would form his own army to oppose US occupation
2003 Japan authorized largest deployment of troops since 1945 to be sent to Iraq
2005 New US Amb Khalilzad said security was his top priority
2005 Sunni members of constitutional committee ended boycott after member assassinated
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
2006 Op River Falcon to secure Sayifiya south of Baghdad started
2007 Report Iran gave PM Maliki his own personal jet
2009 KRG held parliamentary and presidential elections
(Musings On Iraq Implications of the Kurdish Elections On Iraq’s Parliamentary Vote)
2018 Protest in Dhi Qar Called for removal of governor
2018 Report Iraq Election Comm warned that using electronic voting machine could undermine trust in
vote Told machines had major problems South Korean company would not properly audit vote

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