Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 31


1924 MP Chalabi rejected quotas in new parliament for minorities claiming everyone would be
represented
1928 Red Line Agreement allowed British Dutch French US Turkish oil companies to jointly control
Turkish Petroleum Company Would lead to Iraq Petroleum Company
1982 Iraq claimed it crushed Iranian Op Ramadan to seize Basra Retook most lost territory
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1983 Iraqi army took 8,000 men from Barzani clan and executed them Retaliation for KDP taking part in
recent Iranian offensive in Kurdistan
1986 Iraqi air force launched most devastating attack upon Kharg Island Iran’s major oil port Knocked
out its ability to load tankers Let Iranians off the hook by not attacking again
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1990 King Fahd and Pres Mubarak tried to mediate between Iraq and Kuwait Kuwit emir told his
representative to not give into any Iraqi demands at meeting in Saudi Arabia between 2 nations
1990 AsstSecState Kelly told House US had no defense treaty with Gulf States and didn’t take position on
border disputes or OPEC Said US would be concerned if Iraq invaded Kuwait but had no treaties with it
1990 Pentagon said it was committed to individual and collective defense of its allies in the Gulf
2002 Iraq Foreign Minister Sabri said Bagdhad rejected return of UN inspectors Said they would just collect
intel for US strikes
(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)
2002 Bush said US goal was regime change but denied any war plans were on his desk
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2002 Senate Foreign Relations Comm began hearing on Iraq invasion
2002 Sec Def Rumsfeld told Senate Comm time helped Saddam erode sanctions and spread terrorism
2002 NSA had drill on Iraq Found it had little signals intel on country
2002 Report Iraq working on nuclear program quoted fmr UN inspector Kay and INC defectors Hamza and
Haideri May 02 Haideri labeled fabricator by DIA
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2002 INC defector ex-nuke scientist Hamza testified to Senate Foreign Relations Comm claiming Iraq only
lacked uranium to build nuke bomb in 1994
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2002 Iraq conspiracy theorist Mylroie interviewed on CNN Said Bush was going to invade Iraq because of
WMD and its ties to terrorism including 9/11 Accused CIA of covering up Iraq’s involvement in 9/11
(Musings On Iraq article on Mylroie’s Iraq conspiracy theories)
2003 Sadr announced 10,000 man Islamic army being formed in Najaf
2003 Report several Iraqi scientists interviewed by US said Saddam had not restarted its nuclear or WMD
programs
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 National Sec Adv Rice said international intel agencies all agreed with US that Iraq had WMD US
would prove right that Saddam was threat to world
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq, One Of The Worst Intelligence Failures In US History)
2003 US forces found Iraqi jets buried at Taqadum airbase west of Baghdad Helped explain why Iraqi air
force didn't fight during invasion
(Musings On Iraq article on why Iraqi air force didn’t fight during 2003 invasion)
2004 US arrested Sadrist Sheikh Hasnawi in Karbala Mahdi Army kidnapped police in Najaf in response
2006 Displacement Min said 182,154 had been displaced since Askari shrine bombing in Feb 2006
2006 Police in 15 SUVs kidnapped 25 people from Iraqi American Chamber of Commerce and Rawi
telephone company in central Baghdad Never seen again
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2007 VP Cheney said that he was wrong when he said insurgency in its last throes in 2005 Said that
benchmarks didn’t reduce violence and insurgency stronger than he thought
2008 Police raided Sahwa officer in Kut arrested 3 Sahwa that formed political party 2 months before
provincial elections
(Musings On Iraq article on govt crackdown on Sahwa)
2008 US and Iraq missed deadline to sign Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq (SOFA) US wanted residual
military force to stay in Iraq after official withdrawal
(Musings On Iraq article on missed deadline) 
2012 France’s Total signed contracts for two oil blocks in KRG
2015 Protest in Baghdad Basra Najaf over lack of electricity Called for Electricity Min to step down
2018 Human Rights Watch report No due process in Iraqi legal system Judges ignored torture allegations in
cases even after asked for report and told signs of torture present Torture banned in constitution
2018 PM Abadi said he would meet demands of protesters Said govt would publish names of officials sent
to Integrity Comm for corruption
2018 Sit-in protest in Muthanna and Burjisiya oil field in Basra for 3rd day Sit in protests outside West
Qurna 1 oil field and Basra council building broken up by ISF Protests in Baghdad Dhi Qar Qadisiyah
2018 Iraq Human Rights Commission said protesters beaten and tortured after arrest and reporters attacked
for covering demonstrations 1 shot

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