Friday, February 14, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 14


1949 Communist Chairman Farhad hanged by PM Said to try to squash opposition protests
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1958 Iraq and Jordan announced Arab Federation in response to Egypt and Syria’s United Arab Republic
Kuwait asked to join but said no
1983 Sec of State Shultz met with Iraq’s For Min Hammadi who asked for expanded trade deals
1984 Iran Op Kheibar began with diversionary attack northeast of Khorramshahr Iran southern front
1986 Iraq counterattacked to try to re-captured Fao Peninsula started
(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 of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1991 During funeral for member of Hakim family anti-Saddam slogans chanted in Najaf
1991 Iraq said it would withdraw from Kuwait if Israel withdrew from Palestine sanctions ended and
Iraq’s foreign debt forgiven
2002 National Sec Adv Rice called PM Blair For Pol Adv Manning saying US was only reviewing its Iraq
policy
2003 Chief Inspector Blix briefed Security Council on Iraq inspections Said found no evidence of WMD
Said 400 inspections at 300 sites Were all without notice and gained entry every time Said Iraqis cooperating Said soil samples showed no signs of WMD Iraq still had unaccounted for materials Found 2 banned missiles Blix refuted Sec State Powell’s claim that Iraqis were cleaning WMD sites before inspections
2003 IAEA head El Baradei said it had dismembered Iraq’s nuke program in 1998 and found no evidence
that it had been restarted yet Said Iraq had provided documents for why aluminum tubes it tried to buy had such specific specifications
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
(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)
2003 Sec State Powell told Security Council Iraq not cooperating with inspections and use of force still an
option
2003 Saddam issued presidential directive banning companies from importing equipment for WMD
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld gave speech that U.S. was opposed to nation building in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Wash Post editorial supported war with Iraq
2003 NSC met over how to respond to a coup in Iraq Didn’t think it was likely but had to plan for it
2004 Fallujah police station attacked by insurgents dressed in ISF uniforms killing more than 20 officers
and released prisoners
2004 US intel report Al Qaeda captive al-Libi recanted story Iraq trained Al Qaeda in poisons and
explosives Libi’s story was used in US intel reports and Sec State Powell’s UN speech
2006 US military ordered investigation into Marines executing Iraqi civilians in Haditha
2007 1st reports appeared that Sadr had left Iraq for Iran out of fear that Surge would target him
(Musings On Iraq A Divided Sadr Trend)
2007 Bush said that Iranian Rev Guards Quds Force was operating in Iraq aiding militias and needed to be         stopped
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2008 Jordan put visa restrictions on Iraqis to try to stop flow of refugees moving there
2008 Iraq justice system overwhelmed by prisoners captured during Surge More than half 26,000 prisoners
held hadn’t gone to trial and some waited for years Prisons overcrowded Police often ignored orders to release prisoners Many guards worked with militias and released them Iraq didn’t have enough judges to deal with cases Not supported by govt
2016 Hakim criticized PM Abadi’s call for ending quota system saying that PM got his job because
of quotas
(Musings On Iraq interview with Reidar Visser on PM Abadi’s reform program)
2018 Kuwait conference raised $30 bil in loans investment credits mostly for developing Iraq’s economy
as well as reconstruction
(Musings On Iraq article on Kuwait conference)

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