Tuesday, July 30, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 30


1920 War Min Churchill approved sending division to Mesopotamia from India to put down 1920
Revolt
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1933 Report French disarmed many Assyrians who had tried to get into Syria from Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1968 Pres Bakr accused Def Min Daud and PM Naif of attempting to take over govt PM Naif arrested and
became Ambassador to Morocco Baath then purged govt of opponents
1968 Pres Bakr became prime minister and commander and chief of armed forces consolidating his power
Appointed Saddam deputy secretary general of Baath Party
1982 Iraq launched major counterattack against Iran’s Op Ramadan in Basra Halted by Iranians
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1983 Iran ended Op Wa al-Fajr 2 in Kurdistan Retook 195 sq km of Iranian territory Seized 220 sq
km of Iraqi land Cut KDPI supply lines and forced it to withdraw west KDP given control of Haj Omran pass
1983 Iran started Op Wa al-Fajr 3 to free Mehran Iran and then invade Wasit and cut Baghdad-Basra
highway Iraq discovered plan and launched pre-emptive strike Iran launched night attack infiltrating behind Iraqi lines
1983 Iraqi army began raids through villages and displaced camps in Irbil arrested all Kurdish males
1988 Iran and Iraq started talks at UN for ceasefire
(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 offered to withdraw his troops from Iran and settle Shatt al-Arab differences to prepare for
Kuwait invasion
1990 DIA analyst told DIA Dir Soyster Iraq could overrun Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia and US would
have no warning Said that Saddam was going to use force vs Kuwait and Kuwait would make no concessions to Iraq
1990 DIA Dir Soyster disagreed with analyst about Iraq’s intentions but passed assessment to Sec Def    Cheney and Gen Powell
1991 Iraq admitted to have four times as many chemical munitions as it claimed before to UN weapons
inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1992 Iraqi forces surrounded Shiite rebels in southern marshes and bombed them
1996 CIA report head of Iraq intel met bin Laden in Sudan and provided bomb making know how False
report bin Laden left Sudan May 96 and no reports he returned afterward
2002 PM Blair’s foreign policy adv Manning told Bush UK with US against Iraq but had to go through UN
2002 UK attorney general Goldsmith told PM Blair without UN resolution war against Iraq illegal
(Musings On Iraq article Chilcot Report Volume 2 Sec 3.3 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options April to July 2002)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2002 French Pres Chirac said that Germany and France would only support an invasion of Iraq if backed by
a UN resolution
2002 Fmr head UN inspector Ekeus said US manipulated 90s inspections to spy on Iraqi security services
and find location of Saddam Said US wanted to create crises to justify attacks on Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on how CIA used UN inspectors to spy and back coup in Iraq)
2003 Bush admitted Iraq-Africa uranium story should not have been included in his State of Union speech
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Natl Sec Adv Rice said Saddam was a threat and he had WMD Said Iraq was buying all kinds of
            equipment for centrifuges including aluminum tubes
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2004 Sec State Powell in Iraq said US worried about Iran’s influence in southern Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2007 Cabinet passed new draft energy bill Cabinet approved another energy bill in February Neither made
it through parliament
2007 Oxfam found Maliki govt spent 22% of its development budget and 99% of its salary allocation in
2006
2007 Report Interior Ministry split between Dawa Badr Kurds Badr and Kurds fighting for control of intel
service Kurdish dep minister faced death threats from Badr dep minister Almost all Sunnis purged from ministry Interior Min trying to purge militias from ministry
2007 Fmr Amb to Iraq Khalilzad said that Saudis were undermining US effort in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Saudi role in insurgency)
2008 U.S. forces officially withdrew troops from Iraqi cities
2008 Sadr said he was leading a nationalist movement against the US and needed to restrain abuses and
violence of Mahdi Army
2015 Protests in Arbat and Darabandikhan, KRG and Nasiriya and Amara over lack of services and
electricity
2018 Protest in Samawa and 2nd day of sit ins outside of West Qurna 1 and Burjisiya oil fields in Basra

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