Sunday, August 12, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 12

1920 UK Col Leachman killed by Sheikh Dhari in Fallujah helping to spread
            1920 revolt to the west
1920 British military cmdr Sir Haldane criticized High Commissioner Wilson for failing
            to arrest notables in Baghdad that supported 1920 Revolt
1920 British forces ordered to withdraw from Baquba to Baghdad leaving city to tribal
            fighters during 1920 Revolt
(Musings On Iraq review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1968 New Baath government of Pres Bakr said it was committed to uniting Iraq and
1976 Soviet-Iraq arms deal announced worth over $1 bil included 600 T-62s and T-64
tanks, 100 Mig-23s, SAM-6 and SCUD missiles and more Deal included giving Russia secret access to Iraqi air bases
1982 In response to Iran’s failed attack upon Basra Saddam declared 50 sq mi exclusion
zone around Kharg Island Iran’s major oil port Saddam hoping attacks on oil tankers would put pressure on Iran to negotiate Iran replied by setting up its own exclusion zone 60 mi along its entire coast
1986 Iraqi jets flew 550 miles to attack 20 tankers at Sirri Island where Iran had
transferred loading oil due to Iraqi attacks upon Kharg Island main terminal 3 ships hit Iraq got air support from Kuwait and Saudis to reach island
1988 Pres Khamenei speech claimed Iran won Iran-Iraq War
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq review The Iran-Iraq War)
1990 Saddam said all occupations should end including Israel-Palestine and
Syria-Lebanon to stave off criticism of Kuwait invasion
1990 Marches in Amman and Mafraq Jordan Sanaa in Yemen Sidon in Lebanon in
            support of Iraq and Saddam after Kuwait invasion
1995 Saddam’s son-in-law Hussein Kamal held news conference in Jordan saying he
            would overthrow Saddam after defecting
1995 Ali Hassan al-Majid said clan condemned defection of Hussein Kamal to Jordan
            Said clan had decided to spill his blood
2002 Iraq invasion plans leaked to Time Supported Rumsfeld’s ideas of a small force
or supporting an Iraqi revolt Rumsfeld allies told Time that Iraq would be simple and quick and that US military questioned using a large invasion force
(Musings On Iraq article on how arguments over Iraq invasion were fought through press leaks)
2002 Kissinger OpEd in Wash Post Said he supported Bush for confronting Saddam
            but needed to build domestic and intl support
2004 US forces surrounded Mahdi Army in Imam Ali shrine and Najaf cemetery 2nd
            Battle of Najaf
2004 Fighting between Iraqi and US forces vs Mahdi Army killed 68 civilians in Kut
2004 Wash Post said it ran many articles questioning Bush admin case for Iraq war but
            didn't get on front page like pro-war stories
2006 Report audit of Iraq’s finances by Ernest & Young found system a wreck Iraqi
ministries and offices counted sums differently Put funds into wrong accounts Couldn’t accurately report how much oil exported
2015 Pres Masum said parliament should keep one VP since position was in
            constitution Abadi called for end of VP positions Aug 11
2017 Former Basra Govt Nasrawi fled to Iran to escape corruption charges

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