Saturday, August 4, 2018

This Day in Iraqi History - Aug 4

1933 French deported 600 Assyrians who fled to Syria in July back to Ninewa
            Assyrians then clashed with Iraqi army and were driven back to Syria
1963 Govt troops captured Barzan and Mazna in offensive against KDP in Kurdistan
1970 Saddam visited Soviet Union and asked for debt relief Also for Moscow to stop
            aiding Kurds Soviets agreed
1986 VP Bush used Egyptian Pres Mubarak to pass message to Iraq that it should
            expand air campaign against Iran
(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 Bush met Kuwait emir Sabah and said US would free Kuwait and return emir
            to power
1990 Joint statement by US and Soviet Union condemned Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait
            and called for withdrawal
1990 European Community imposed sanctions on Iraq for invasion of Kuwait
1990 Iraq announced Provisional Government of Free Kuwait
1990 King Hussein said Saddam was a patriot and wanted good Jordan-Iraq relations
1990 White House went over military plans in response to Kuwait invasion Included
            200,000-250,000 troops deploying to Saudi Arabia
1990 Bush said goal of deploying US forces to Persian Gulf was to protect Saudi
1990 Mukhabarat agents flown into Kuwait to run internal security
1991 Baath ordered property in Kirkuk to be given to Arabs and building over 2700
            new homes for them
1992 Iraqi army shelled Kurdish positions in Kirkuk
1998 Saddam ended cooperation with UN inspectors Kept monitoring system in tact
Saddam demanded inspectors reflect rotating membership of Security Council and offices be moved to Geneva or Vienna and out of NY to not be influenced by US
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2002 UnderSecDefArmsControl Bolton told BBC US didn’t care whether new UN
            inspections happened because goal was regime change in Iraq
2002 Fmr National Sec Adv Brent Scowcroft came out against invading Iraq
2003 US reopened Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad
2004 Mahdi Army shot down US helicopter in Sadr City Police chief there led
            celebration for its downing
2005 Report large shipment of EFPs captured in northern Iraq coming from Iran
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
2006 Rice said US making progress Iraq strategy not failing US had to stay the course
            Privately Rice thought strategy failing
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2008 Flyers posted in Baghdad’s Dora warning Shiite families not to return to district Up
            to 50% Shiite families had been driven out during civil war
(Musings On Iraq article on anti-Shiite flyers in Baghdad’s Dora)
2015 Protests in Sulaymaniya province over lack of services that led to clash with
police Over 30 wounded

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