Saturday, October 6, 2018

This Day In Iraqi History - Oct 6

1958 Mustafa Barzani returned to Iraq from exile in Soviet Union for talks with
            new Qasim govt
1980 Iraqi army surrounded Khorramshahr, Iran and street fighting began Iraq bombed
            Esfahan and Qom in Iran
1980 Iranian air force sunk ships to block Shatt al-Arab waterway to Persian Gulf
1982 Iranians withdrew outside Mandali Diyala Ended Op Muslim ibn Aqil Iran lost
6,000 dead 15,000 wounded Iraq lost 2,000 dead Iran only gained 1.8 mil strip of Iraqi territory in Diyala
1986 Heavy Iraq air strikes on Kharg Island Iran oil terminal
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War, The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Iran-Iraq War)
1990 CENTCOM cmdr Gen Schwarzkopf given first draft of Kuwait war plan He was
            unhappy with it and asked for more options
1991 Clashes between Kurds and Iraqi army in Kalar
1994 Iraq put troops on Kuwait border and threatened to stop working with UN
            weapons inspectors Was meant to pressure UN to end sanctions
1997 UN inspectors report Some progress on chemical and missile programs but nothing
            with biological weapons Iraqis had also banned inspections at presidential sites
1997 IAEA provided last report on inspections Said if any info was left on Iraq’s nuclear
            program was a political decision
1998 Inspectors report to UN Iraq had blocked disarmament and was now attempting to
            block monitoring work
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2002 Bush said Iraq could have a nuclear weapon in a year if got enriched uranium
2002 Dep Nat Sec Adv Hadley asked CIA Dir Tenet if story of Iraq trying to buy
            uranium from Niger could be put back in Bush speech Tenet said no
2002 CIA told NSC to drop mentioning Iraq-Africa uranium story in draft of Bush
            speech for 2nd time
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 1st battalion of Mahdi Army graduated in Basra
2003 Iraq produced 4,518 megawatts of electricity exceeding CPA target by 118
2004 Iraq Survey Group report said Iraq’s WMD destroyed in 1991 Said no plans to revive
programs when US invaded in 03 Said Saddam wanted to restart WMD programs after sanctions ended Iraq tried to tell west it didn’t have WMD while also hinting that it still did to deter Iran WMD was aimed at Iran Iraq issued 1300 oil vouchers under Oil For Food Program that netted $11 bil in illegal funds 1990-03 Russian oil companies Lukoil Gazprom Zarbuezhneft Sibneft Rosneft Tatneft got 30 % of oil vouchers
2004 Bush said Iraq didn’t have WMD stocks US intel thought but invasion still right
            because Saddam wanted them
2004 Fallujah leaders offered to create joint security force for city made up of Iraqi
            National Guardsmen and local US and Allawi govt rejected offer
2005 Blair said new explosive devices being used in Iraq that pointed to Hezbollah or
            Iranian involvement Was talking about EFPs
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
2005 Bush said there was no peace in Iraq without victory and that US would win At
            time US had no strategy to win war
(Musings On Iraq article on pre-Surge US Iraq strategy)
2006 Bush told Maliki had to ignore news coming out of US because domestic politics
Maliki said he couldn’t ignore US news like talk about dividing Iraq or immediate withdrawal Maliki told Bush he was going to push reconciliation fighting terrorism and militias
2010 Obama adm review of Iraq policy VP Biden said wanted Maliki to stay as PM &
            Obama agreed
2015 Badr’s Amiri criticized Abadi’s reforms as full of mistakes and disorganized
2015 Teachers in Sulaymaniya and Halabja struck over unpaid wages

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