Wednesday, March 7, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History – Mar 7

1916 British forces attacked Ottomans at the Dujaila Redoubt
1941 Ger Foreign Min official Woermann wrote that Berlin should send arms to Iraq but didn’t
            think Baghdad should declare war vs UK because couldn’t win
1959 Fighting broke out between Leftists that supported Qasim and pan-Arabists backed by
            Shammar tribe who were against Qasim in Mosul
1959 Mosul commander Col Shawaf led military coup against Gen Qasim Poorly
            organized Only 2 other army units joined Radio from Egypt didn’t arrive
1975 Iran and Iraq came to agreement over Shatt al-Arab and Iran said it would stop
            supporting Kurdish revolt
1975 Iraqi army moved into Kurdistan after Iran withdrew support for Kurds under
            Algiers Accord
1981 Iran rejected any ceasefire with Iraq Baghdad began bombing Iranian town of
            Ilam and oil refinery in Khuzistan in retaliation 
1984 Iraqis used mustard gas against Iranians to try to turn them back in southern marshes
1988 USSR submited new proposal for negotiating end to Iran-Iraq War
1991 Ayatollah Khoei issued 2nd fatwa calling for clerical leadership to run Najaf
            and restoring order during uprising
1991 Iraqi officials asked for WMD to put down rebellion in Najaf
1991 Bush Admin warned Iraq not to use WMD against Shiite and Kurdish uprisings after
            Gulf War
1991 Govt forces began artillery and rocket fire on Najaf shrine
1991 Peshmerga began uprising in Sulaymaniya
1991 Saddam offered Shiites and Kurds share in govt in exchange for loyalty oath but
            turned down
1991 Iranian Pres Rafsanjani said Saddam was unpopular and should give into popular
            demand and step down
1998 UN inspectors went to Special Republican Guard and Special Security Directorate
1998 NSA intercepted Saddam’s secretary Mahmoud telling Special Security Direcrorate
            to delay inspection a one site so documents could be removed Destroyed at another
2003 UK Att Gen Goldsmith said that 2nd UN resolution was needed for action against
2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said that Iraq doing more but not fully cooperating
            and still months more work ahead
2003 IAEA chief El Baradei told UN no evidence Iraq restarted nuclear program
2003 IAEA concludes that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not nuke
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 IAEA said that documents claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger were
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 Powell told UN Security Council in response to IAEA that US had new proof that
            Aluminum tubes were for centrifuges
2003 UK For Sec Straw suggested UN set ultimatum for Iraq’s full cooperation with
            inspectors by Mar 17 or face war
2003 Defense Policy Board’s Adelman wrote OpEd USA Today saying US had given
            Iraq too much time and needed action
2006 Anbar Revolutionaries said they’d killed 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and
            33 Iraqi ones Said goal was to get rid of Zarqawi
2010 Parliamentary elections held leading to 2nd Maliki term
2012 Diyala governor forced to resign when backed turning province into a region
2014 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports
2016 Sadrists threatened no confidence vote against Abadi if he didn’t announce
            new govt in 45 days

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