Sunday, March 15, 2020

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 15


1935 PM Midfai resigned over tribal revolt in Diwaniya King Ghazi asked Yasin al-Hashemi to
form new govt
1959 Nasser gave 5th speech against Iraqi Communists Said party was anti-religious
(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)
1980 Ayatollah Khomeini called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam
(Musings On Iraq book review The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
1981 Saddam said unless Iran agreed to ceasefire he would aid Iranian opposition groups
1985 Iraq carried out air raid on Tehran Iran fired SCUDs at Baghdad in War of Cities
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1985 Iraq launched counterattack against Iran Op Badr Pushed Iranians back across Tigris
1988 Iran seized areas south of Mawat Kurdistan
(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 The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1988 First detention center for Kurds displaced during Anfal campaign set up
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1990 Iraq executed UK Observer journalist Bazoft for reporting on missile programCondemned in West
Saddam believed West plotting against Iraq and Bazoft’s execution would be sign to them to stop Saddam said Bazoft’s death was punishment for PM Thatcher plotting against Iraq
1991 Rebels in Diwanaiya attempted and failed to take Hillah
1991 Saddam declared southern revolt over
1991 Iraqi govt forces began operation to retake Tuz Kharmato from Peshmerga
1991 US shot down Iraqi fighter after warned it no flights allowed during uprisings
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on 1st hand accounts of 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s view of 1991 Uprising)
(Ahulbayt Video on 1991 Uprising)
(Musings On Iraq article on how US encouraged 1991 uprising)
2003 Iraqi state TV said country was on a war footing Baghdad had been divided into four military
districts
2003 Special Republican Guard withdrew $1 bil from Central Bank of Iraq under Uday Hussein to pay
off sheikhs to put down expected rebellions
2003 Iraqi security forces tried to stamp out signs of Kurdish opposition in Kirkuk City
2003 VP Cheney told NBC that UN weapons inspetors had missed Iraq’s nuke program in 1990s and
they weren’t going to do better this time Said Iraq could have a nuclear bomb soon Said Iraqis defying inspections again
(Musings On Iraq Interview With VP Dick Cheney On Weapons Inspections March 2003)
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
(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 ORHA head Garner told Sec Def Rumsfeld plan was only to dismiss top two officials from each
Iraqi ministry and not carry out any deBaathification policy Rumsfeld okayed plan
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Sec Def Rumsfeld complained Garner picked non-Pentagon people to run some Iraqi ministries
Wanted them all from Defense
(Musings On Iraq article on Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Hard Lessons Chapter 3 The Department of Defense Takes Charge)
2003 CIA gave explosive to Kurdish team which blew up Mosul-Baghdad railway starting covert action
campaign before invasion
2003 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found 51% of Americans believed Saddam believed in 9/11
2004 Bush told Blair Chalabi up to no good using deBaathification committee for his own ends
2005 Mahdi Army attacked college engineering students in Basra for having mixed male-female party in
park Led to protests vs Sadrists
2005 Report leaked that Halliburton overcharged US for fuel imports to Iraq by more than $108 mil
2005 Italy announced it would withdraw its approximate 3,000 troops from Iraq
2005 Ukraine withdrew 130 of its soldiers from Iraq
2006 Iraq Study Group began creating alternative Iraq strategy for Bush admin
2007 Report when White House presented Surge said would be progress on political benchmarks by Mar
07 Was none Cabinet approved draft oil law US officials said they were backing off pushing Maliki govt on changing deBaathification law in fear of backlash
2012 One of VP Hashemi’s guards who had accused him of terrorism died in custody Authorities
claimed kidney failure but pictures showed torture
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
(Musings On Iraq article on charges against VP Hashemi)

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