Thursday, February 15, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 15

1923 UK Head of Board of Trade Sir Graeme told Iraq commission Iraq too costly and British
            should withdraw
1949 More Communist leaders hanged by PM Said
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1964 Arif govt and Mustafa Barzani started talks to try to end KDP revolt
1984 Iraq, Egypt, Argentina and Swiss companies signed contract to develop long range missile
1984 Iran started Op Dawn 5 and 6 largest operations to date in war Involved 500,000
troops on both sides Aimed at cutting Baghdad-Basra road
1990 Voice of America commentary called for end of dictatorships after fall of
            Ceausescu in Romania Named Iraq
1991 Pres Bush called on Iraqi military and people to overthrow Saddam twice
1991 US Task Force 1-41 first Coalition troops to cross into Iraq to carry out recon and combat
1991 US 1st Cav Div launched probing attack into Iraq
1991 US Task Force 1-32 breached Iraqi defensive berm and entered Iraq in deception
            attack to convince Iraq that invasion would come through Wadi Al-Batin
2001 US and UK planes bombed Iraq’s air defense system as part of no fly zone
2003 Protests in more than 600 cities around world against going to war with Iraq
2003 Bush told Rumsfeld to slow troop deployments because getting ahead of diplomacy
2006 Study Iraqi insurgency dominated by few large groups Sunni identity became basis for
            armed groups Had no program for future of Iraq
2006 Study Iraqi insurgents rejected politics Believed they could win
2010 Maliki reversed order to have all raids authorized by him Came after he protested
            US-Iraq raid on Kataib Hezbollah

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