Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 13

1967 Pres Arif speech declared Freedom Socialism and Unity belonged to no
            Party co-opting Baathist slogans
1979 Iraq sent memo to new Iranian govt after revolution asking for friendly relations
1991 Amiriya shelter in Baghdad bombed by U.S. during Gulf War 408 killed
1999 AP reported that Saddam offered bin Laden shelter after being kicked out of Afghanistan 
2002 Bush at press conference said he had a number of options for dealing with Iraq
2002 Bush admin officials told several media outlets they had decided to move against Iraq
2003 UN announced it had humanitarian plan for Iraq working with 6 regional
            countries and had $30.6 mil and would ask for another $88.8 mil
2003 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Franks told Bush he had Iraqi mayors for each city to run
            things after invasion He didn’t
2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie second time over Iraq-Niger
            uranium deal Denied story
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2004 After talks with Sistani UN endorsed Ayatollah’s call for early elections but said
            they can’t happen as soon as Sistani wanted
2004 Report CIA review showed it relied upon too many unreliable exile sources
            for intel on Iraq’s WMD Included INC defector Haideri
2005 Early election results showed that Shiite United Iraqi Alliance got 140 of 275
            seats in parliament missing majority it wanted
2005 Provisional election results released UIA 48% Kurds 26% Iraqiya List 14% 58%
            voter turnout
2006 Saddam returned to court on order of judge and chanted “Down with Bush!”
2011 Khairallah Babakir of Kurdish Alliance named Trade Minister in new Maliki govt
2016 Sadr said economic reforms needed and better govt Gave Abadi 45 day
            deadline and supported his technocratic govt idea

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