Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 19

1939 King Ghazi summoned army chief of staff Fawzi and ordered invasion of Kuwait PM Said
reversed order
1949 PM Said said Jews had been mistreated in Iraq and warned that things could get worse for them due
to Israel
1963 New Arif govt started talks with Mustafa Barzani and KDP to end Kurdish rebellion
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1986 Iraq counterattack to retake Fao Peninsula called off
1986 US condemned Iraq’s use of chemical weapons against Iran in Fao Peninsula in Basra
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1987 Iranian Rev Guard broke through Iraqi defenses Now 5 miles from Basra city
(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)
1987 NSC official said US attempted to assist Iraq in Iran-Iraq War without providing it with arms
(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)
1990 Saddam demanded that US warships leave the Persian Gulf
1991 US 1st Cav division launched probing attack into Kuwait to foll Iraq about where real offensive would
1995 Saddam representatives met with bin Laden in Sudan who asked for broadcast of jihadist lectured and
asked for joint ops against Saudis Meeting confirmed in Iraqi intel report Only confirmed meeting between two sides
1996 Saddam’s son-in-law Hussein Kamal sent letter to Iraq asking about returning to country after
defected to Jordan
1998 Blair said UN weapons inspections had to continue or action would be taken against Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 Comm for Peace and Security in the Gulf publishes letter to Clinton saying US should overthrow
1998 Report Al Qaeda operative was to travel to Iraq to talk with govt False story
1999 Followers of Ayatollah Sadr met in Saddam City after his assassination by govt Fired upon by army
80 killed Led to more protests
(Musings On Iraq interview with Univ of Haifa’s Prof Baram on legacy of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr)
2002 CIA met with fmr Amb Joseph Wilson to ask if he would go to Niger to investigate alleged Iraq
yellowcake deal  
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
2003 ORHA head Garner briefed Natl Sec Adv Rice to use Iraqi army and police to help rebuilding Iraq
after war
2004 UN endorsed CPA’s timetable for transferring power back to Iraqis in June 2004
2004 CPA had to abandon idea of unelected caucuses choosing interim govt to write new Iraq constitution
2007 VP Hashemi told Al Jazeera militia leaders told about Surge plan beforehand so they could avoid it
2007 2 suicide car bombs hit Awakening head Sheikh Abu Risha’s compound Ramadi district    
2009 Provincial Election results announced PM Maliki’s State of Law won in 9 of 14 provinces
(Musings On Iraq article on 09 provincial election results)
2011 Sulaymaniya protesters went to KDP headquarters to protest shooting of demonstrators on Feb 17
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg on 2011 KRG protests)
2017 Attack on West Mosul began by Iraqi forces

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