Monday, August 12, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 12


1919 Churchill wrote PM Lloyd George saying were too many troops in Mesopotamia that
could crush its finances
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s views on Mesopotamia)
(Musings On Iraq book review Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied)
(Musings On Iraq book review Churchill’s Folly, How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq)
1920 UK Col Leachman killed by Sheikh Dhari in Fallujah helping to spread 1920 revolt to the west
1920 British military cmdr Sir Haldane criticized High Commissioner Wilson for failing to arrest notables in
Baghdad that supported 1920 Revolt
1920 British forces ordered to withdraw from Baquba to Baghdad leaving city to tribal fighters during 1920
Revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1933 Soldiers buried 315 Assyrians killed in Sumail raped women survivors they found
(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 New Baath government of Pres Bakr said it was committed to uniting Iraq and Egypt
1976 Soviet-Iraq arms deal announced worth over $1 bil included 600 T-62s and T-64 tanks, 100 Mig-23s,
SAM-6 and SCUD missiles and more Deal included giving Russia secret access to Iraqi air bases
1981 Iran made first claim Iraq used poison gas in war
1982 In response to Iran’s failed attack upon Basra Saddam declared 50 sq mi exclusion zone around Kharg
Island Iran’s major oil port Saddam hoped attacks on oil tankers would put pressure on Iran to negotiate Iran replied by setting up its own exclusion zone 60 mi along its entire coast
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1986 Iraqi jets flew 550 miles to attack 20 tankers at Sirri Island where Iran had transferred loading oil due
to Iraqi attacks upon Kharg Island main terminal 3 ships hit Iraq got air support from Kuwait and Saudis to reach island
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1988 Pres Khamenei speech claimed Iran won Iran-Iraq 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 said all occupations should end including Israel-Palestine and Syria-Lebanon to stave off
criticism of Kuwait invasion
1990 Marches in Amman and Mafraq Jordan Sanaa in Yemen Sidon in Lebanon in support of Iraq and
Saddam after Kuwait invasion
(Musings On Iraq review the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait)
1995 Saddam’s son-in-law Hussein Kamal held news conference in Jordan saying he would overthrow
Saddam after defecting
1995 Ali Hassan al-Majid said clan condemned defection of Hussein Kamal to Jordan Said clan had decided
to spill his blood
2002 Iraq invasion plans leaked to Time Supported Rumsfeld’s ideas of a small force or supporting an Iraqi
revolt Rumsfeld allies told Time that Iraq would be simple and quick and that US military questioned using a large invasion force
(Musings On Iraq article on how arguments over Iraq invasion were fought through press leaks)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2002 Kissinger OpEd in Wash Post Said he supported Bush for confronting Saddam but needed to build
domestic and intl support
2002 UnderSecDef Feith sent Rumsfeld memo to create an exile armed force to help with invasion 6,000
names submitted 600 passed vetting Only 76 graduated
2002 UK Defense Min report to PM Blair Bush had authorized military for action against Iraq
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Section 3.4 Development of UK Iraq Strategy and Options, Late July to 14 September 2002)
2004 US forces surrounded Mahdi Army in Imam Ali shrine and Najaf cemetery 2nd Battle of Najaf
2004 Fighting between Iraqi and US forces vs Mahdi Army killed 68 civilians in Kut Wasit
(Musings On Iraq article on 2nd battle of Najaf)
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
(Musings On Iraq book review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)
2004 Wash Post said it ran many articles questioning Bush admin case for Iraq war but didn't get on front
page like pro-war stories
2006 Report audit of Iraq’s finances by Ernest & Young found system a wreck Iraqi ministries and offices
counted sums differently Put funds into wrong accounts Couldn’t accurately report how much oil exported
2015 Pres Masum said parliament should keep one VP since position was in constitution PM Abadi called
for end of VP positions Aug 11 Was part of Abadi’s reforms but actually budget cuts
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2017 Former Basra Govt Nasrawi fled to Iran to escape corruption charges
2018 Protesters blocked Safwan border crossing to Kuwait in Basra

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