Thursday, July 18, 2024

Review Saddam Hussein The Politics Of Revenge

Aburish, Said, Saddam Hussein The Politics Of Revenge, Bloomsbury, 2000


Said Aburish’s Saddam Hussein The Politics Of Revenge is full of ups and downs. He makes some astute observations about Saddam’s assumption of power and the U.S. and U.K. policy of regime change in the 1990s. On the other hand, he was a Baathist sympathizer up to the 1980s having worked for the Iraqi government. Second, Aburish’s writing is full of Saddam gossip about his excesses. Most importantly almost all major issues are explained via Western conspiracies which robs Iraqis of any agency and responsibility throughout history. The problems with his writing end up undermining any good points the author might have made.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 18 Iran and Iraq agreed to ceasefire to end Iran-Iraq War


1921 Christian Jewish Muslim notables had meeting at Grad Rabbi’s house in Baghdad Gave

support for Faisal to be king after much lobbying by Gertrude Bell

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 17 Gen Bakr led Baathist coup overthrowing Arif govt


869 Deposed Abbasid Caliph Mutazz executed by Turkish soldiers

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

KRG Says No To Baghdad’s Orders To Close Displacement Camps In Region

At the end of June the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Interior Minister Rebar Ahmed announced that the displaced (IDP) camps in the region would not be closed by July 30. That was the deadline set by the Displacement Ministry to have all the camps shuttered across the country. This follows a pattern of the KRG refusing to follow the orders of the Ministry.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 16 Saddam told chiefs of staff he was going to invade Iran


1919 UK India Office official Sir Hirtzel told chief political officer in Iraq Wilson there was

going to be an Arab state in Iraq or there would be a revolt

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Security In Iraq July 8-14, 2024

During the second week of July the Islamic State returned to Iraq. Pro-Iran groups on the other hand launched no attacks upon Israel for the first time in months.

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 19 Qasim started crackdown on Communists hoping to limit their power

  1733 Safavid siege of Baghdad ended by Ottoman relief force