Monday, December 16, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 16


1922 UK Lord of the Admiralty told Iraq commission Iraq oil would be important in case of
war in Far East
1925 League of Nations set Turkey-Iraq border with Mosul province going to Iraq
(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 Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1962 43 day long student strike started in secondary schools that spread to colleges demanding
political rights
1979 Iraq and France signed deal to buy 8 new Mirage fighters on top of 34 ordered in 1977
1981 Iranian Op Matla al-Fajar reached outside Hamid in center and stopped
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1985 Saddam visited Moscow Gorbachev said USSR couldn’t sell to Iraq on credit anymore because
of financial problems Also Moscow would not give Saddam full backing now that he had relations with US Said USSR would still sell weapons and promised 54 Su-25 planes and 300 SCUD missiles
(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)
1991 KDP announced plans for elections for Kurdish parliament Iraq agreed Kurdish MPs not to
swear allegiance to Baath
1995 King Hussein offered to sponsor talks amongst Iraqi opposition parties
1998 UN inspectors left Iraq again over non-cooperation
(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 article Charles Duelfer’s Account Of The End Of The 1990s U.N. Inspections)
1998 US and UK started Operation Desert Fox after Iraq broke off cooperation with UN weapons
inspectors Considered failure at time Hit empty buildings Actually ended Iraqs plans to revive WMD programs
(Musings On Iraq article on Op Desert Fox)
1998 Assessment by International Atomic Energy Agency Iraq had not produced a nuclear bomb
before Gulf War Iraq only produced a few grams of weapons grade nuclear material before Gulf War Iraq didn’t have capability to produce nuclear material because of inspections
2003 Blair said it would take time to find Iraq’s WMD
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2003 France and Germany agreed to US request to forgive part of $120 bil debt Iraq owed them
2004 Major Shiite parties agreed to United Iraqi Alliance for 2005 elections
2004 Ayatollah Sistani answered question from follower saying he gave his blessing to the United Iraqi
Alliance but he also supported all Iraqi political parties Sistani had helped create the UIA behind the scenes wanting to ensure Shiite rule
(Musings On Iraq book review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)
2004 US Iraq cmdr Gen Casey US needed to train Iraqi forces and create effective Iraqi intelligence
services
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 PM Maliki held reconciliation meeting Iraqiya National Dialogue Front Sadrists boycotted
Maliki called for Baath era soldiers to return to military Said reconciliation did not include Baathists and Takfiris Then said govt differentiated between Baathists that committed crimes and those that didn’t
2006 Report head of UK sanctions and weapons inspection mission at UN said he never saw any
intel that Iraq posed threat to UK Said UK officials pushed back against US talk of regime change arguing Iraq would fall into chaos afterward
2007 Iraq took control of Basra province from British
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2007 Report Iraq Red Crescent said 25,000 Iraqi refugees returned from Syria since Sep 07 Iraqi govt
said 60,000 back from Syria and Jordan Govt was inflating figures Nov 28 govt bused 30 Iraqi refugee families from Syria Only 1/3 returned to their homes Rest moved to other parts of Baghdad because homes looted destroyed occupied Govt stopped busing program because couldn’t handle returns Buses were set up by Def Min without consulting with Transportation Min
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2011 Iraqiya meeting at VP Hashemi’s residence Declared list would boycott parliament until PM
Maliki included them in decision making shared power stopped arbitrary arrests
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraqiya’s boycott)
2013 PM Maliki appointed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Safi from State of Law as acting Finance
Minister

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