Monday, May 14, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - May 14

1941 Churchill authorized British air force in Iraq to attack German planes
            in Syria
1941 2 British fighters flew out of Iraq and attacked 2 German bombers in Syria
            damaging them
1941 German war planes began landing in Mosul Were attacked by British planes
1941 Iraq Fin Min Suwaidi met German amb Told to take up Turkish mediation offer to
            stall for time until Axis aid could be organized
1941 German ambassador promised Iraq German planes were arriving and military aid
            coming from Syria
1959 Gen. Qasim withdrew Iraq from anti-Communist Eisenhower Doctrine
1972 Baath brought Communists into govt after Iraq-Soviet 15 year Friendship Treaty
1986 Iraq captured Mehran, Iran 1st Iranian city seized since 1980 Offered to trade it for
            Fao Rejected by Iran
1991 UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iraq
1992 Iraqi govt suspected of setting off car bomb in front of Dohuk hotel hosting
foreign reporters covering Kurdish elections
1997 Op Hammer 30,000-50,000 Turkish troops invaded Kurdistan to attack PKK and
support KDP
2002 UN Resolution 1409 created smart sanctions on Iraq to try to limit military and
            WMD related imports but increased civilian imports
2003 Sadrists marched in Baghdad calling for an Islamic government in Iraq
2003 US officials said probably wouldn’t find WMD in Iraq were now focusing on
            finding documents about programs
2003 British Foreign Sec Straw said finding WMD was not vital to justify war WMD
            #1 reason Blair wanted Saddam removed
2003 Human rights group complained US forces not protecting 3,000 body mass
            grave found in Babil
2004 Dep Sec of Def Wolfowitz and Gen Pace said prison abuse at Abu Ghraib
            violated Geneva Convention
2004 Daily Mirror admitted pictures it published of alleged prisoner abuse by UK
            forces were fakes
2004 US told Iraqi National Congress funding wound end in June 2004
2007 Prison riot at Camp Bucca almost took over facility
2008 ISI fighters crossed into Iraq from Syria and killed 11 policemen in their homes
            in Anbar
2009 Trade Minister Sudani resigned before having to appear before parliament for
            corruption charges
2010 Election Comm finished recount in Baghdad requested by Maliki who claimed
            cheating Found no problems
2010 Abu Suleiman became new War Minister for ISI after Masri killed by US April
2010 Iraqi general said 32 of 43 ISI commander had been killed
2015 IS leader Baghdadi released 34 min long address 1st one in 6 months Came during
            reports he was injured in air strike
2015 IS attacked Ramadi govt center with car bombs in final drive to take city

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