Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 12

1960 Cleric Muhsin al-Hakim issued fatwa against joining the Communist Party
1963 Communists in Basra gave up to Baath led military forces after fighting against coup that overthrow
Gen Qasim
(Musings On Iraq book review Red Star Over Iraq, Iraqi Communism Before Saddam)
(Musings On Iraq Interview with Prof Johan Franzen on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party)
1974 Iran-Iraq border dispute discussed at UN after firefight killed more than 50 UN got Iran and Iraq to
agree to talks to resolve border dispute
1979 Iraq recognized the new revolutionary government in Iran
1984 1st War of Cities began Iraq fired SCUD missiles at Dezful killing 40 wounding 200 Iran retaliated by
bombing Basra Fao Qurna Mandali Kahanqin in Basra and Diyala
1984 Iranian Op Tahrir al-Quds began Was deception campaign before main attack into Wasit Gained 9
miles in Halabja and 3 main passes into Kurdistan Backed by KDP
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1985 Iraq attacked Mehran Iran in south Entered 4 miles into Iran but operation failed
1986 Iraq counter attacked to retake Fao from Iranians Retook Um al-Rassas island Failed at recapturing
1986 Saudi King Fahd called Saddam about Iran taking Fao Peninsula
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1987 Iran started Op Fatah 4 attacking Kurdistan
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Anthony Tucker-Jones on Iran-Iraq War)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Tom Cooper 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)
1991 Russian diplomat Primakov went to Baghdad to try to arrange withdrawal from Kuwait Saddam
demanded end of sanctions in return
1995 Iraqi army brigade attacked and suffered heavy losses at hands of Badr Brigade in Qurna
(Musings On Iraq article on the history of Badr Organization)
2001 Rumsfeld said Iraq was probably not a nuclear threat at this time
2002 Powell told Senate that regime change in Iraq was US policy since Clinton Said no plans for invasion
2002 DIA report Iraq tried to buy 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Niger
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 IAEA interviewed Iraq’s ex-amb to Vatican Zahawie who was named in Iraq-Niger uranium deal docs
Denied story
2003 UN inspectors announce Iraq’s Samoud 2 missiles violated range limits set by UN
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate Iraq had larger WMD program then before Gulf War Said Iraq would get a
nuclear weapon sooner or later and would have missiles to deliver it
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 CIA Dir Tenet told Senate US had briefed UN on all suspected WMD sites Didn’t give info on 21 of
105 sites Said there were Iraq-Al Qaeda contacts but no command and control
2004 CENTCOM commander Gen Abizaid’s convoy attacked in Fallujah
2004 UN rep to Iraq Brahimi met with Ayatollah Sistani about why early elections not possible Brahimi
said Iraq had to go through process to organize vote
2006 Jaafari won re-nomination of United Iraqi Alliance for premiership with support of Sadr
2006 Pres Talabani said Kurdish list refused demands to exclude Allawi’s Iraqiya from govt coming from
2007 Gen Petraeus went to Anbar and endorsed Awakening and said model should be copied in rest
of Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Prof Mansoor on the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with New America Foundation’s Ollivant On Reassessing the Surge)
(Musings On Iraq interview with author Carter Malkasian on Anbar Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
2007 Iranian Revolutionary Guard media source suggested militia attack on Karbala operations
command revenge for arrest of Iranians in Irbil in Jan 07
(Musings On Iraq interview with Naval Postgraduate School’s Ostovar on history of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard)
(Musings On Iraq book review Vanguard of the Imam, Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard)
2010 Election Commission banned 458 candidates for Baath ties from vote after court had unbanned them
Commission under pressure from Maliki to ban candidates

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