Friday, February 9, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Feb 9

1922 UK cabinet adopted Colonial Sec Churchill’s proposal to put Royal Air
            Force in charge of security in Iraq replacing army
(Musings On Iraq article on Churchill’s words on Mesopotamia)
1963 Gen Qasim asked for safe passage out of Iraq Was refused by coup leaders Qasim
            captured shot and body shown on TV
1963 Baathist Gen Ahmed al-Bakr became premier Col Abd Salam Arif president
1981 Iran and Iraq agreed to visits by Islamic leaders who wanted to try to negotiate
            a ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War
1986 Iran Op Wa al-Fajr 8 Largest so far 50% of army 2/3 of Revolutionary Guard
            attacked Fao Peninsula Basra
2003 France and Germany proposed tripling number of UN inspectors in Iraq US
            attacked plan
2003 Report UK intel didn’t think there was an Iraq-al Qaeda connection
2003 Observer article disputed Iraqi defector Mohammed Shahab who claimed Iraq
            connected to Al Qaeda via Ansar al-Islam
2004 US released Zarqawi letter to Al Qaeda Said goal to start sectarian war
            by attacking Shiites to rally Sunnis to its cause
2004 Report White House 03 paper on Iraq WMD dropped qualifications and doubts
            from 02 Natl Intel Est on Iraq
2016 PM Abadi called for technocratic and non-partisan cabinet
2016 Ramadi finally freed from IS by Iraqi forces

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