Thursday, February 28, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Feb 28

1941 Mufti of Jerusalem Pan-Arab Golden Square officers Rashid al-Gaylani had secret
meeting Decided to remove PM Hashemi if he insisted on ending relations with Italy Golden Square decided to replace PM Hashemi with Gaylani if he would not change policy on Italy Agreed on no concessions to England Refused to break relations with Italy Would expel pro-British politicians
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Rashid Ali al-Gailani, The National Movement in Iraq 1939-1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Role of the Military In Politics, A case study of Iraq to 1941)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq 1941, The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad)
1963 Mulla Mustafa Barzani said Kurds would go back to fighting government if didn’t commit to Kurdish
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1972 Iraq Petroleum Company came to terms with Baghdad over nationalization including compensation
1981 Iran told Islamic Conference Org that it wanted Iraq found aggressor and punished for Iran-Iraq War
and withdrawal from territory
1981 Speaker Rafsanjani later told Islamic Conf Org Iran sure it would win war so didn’t want to
1984 Iraqi counterattack against Iranian Op Kheibar retook Beida Iranian Revolutionary Guard
began retreating in disarray Iran lost 3,000 dead
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
(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)
1986 Iran Op Wa al-Fajr 9 in Penjwin and Halabja stopped by Iraqi counterattack
1987 Iraq ended 3rd War of Cities after Soviet appealed and new arms deal
1987 During war of cities 1984-87 35 Iranian cities hit 3,000 dead 9,000 injured Baghdad and Basra
hit 300 dead 1,000 wounded
1987 Iran attacked and broke through Iraqi lines Iraq counterattacks regained lost territory in 12 hrs
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 3: Iraq’s Triumph)
1988 Iran fired SCUD missiles at Baghdad and Tikrit Tehran was trying to lure Iraq into another war
of cities to decrease attacks upon its economic infrastructure
(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)
1987 Ali Hassan al-Majid made governor of northern Iraq provinces and told to end Kurdish insurgency
Would start Anfal Campaign
(Musings On Iraq article on Anfal campaign)
1990 Saddam warned of Israeli aggression backed by US at Arab Cooperation Council meeting
(Musings On Iraq article on Saddam’s motivation for threatening Israel before the Kuwait invasion)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1990 At Arab Cooperation Council Saddam demanded moratorium on loans from Gulf States and $30 bil
investment by them to help Iraq rebuild
1990 Saddam said that if Gulf States did not provide money and help with debt he knew how to get it
1991 Bush announced that Kuwait was liberated and Iraq defeated in Gulf War Started ceasefire in war
1991 Saddam said that Iraq had succeeded in defeating the United States
1991 Jalal Talabani tried to tell State Dept of impending Kurdish revolt but was turned away
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
1992 Iraqi army attacked Peshmerga in Kalak
1999 General uprising in southern Iraq planned following Saddam’s killing of Ayatollah Sadiq al-
(Musings On Iraq interview with Univ of Haifa’s Prof Baram on legacy of Ayatollah Sadiq al-Sadr)
2002 Blair told Australian TV Iraq was a threat because it had WMD
2002 Gen Franks delivered target list for air strikes in Iraq to Rumsfeld
2003 Iraq agreed to destroy Samud II ballistic missiles that violated UN restrictions
2003 US attacked Iraq agreement to destroy Samud II missiles claiming it was just propaganda not real
2003 Rumsfeld said Iraq never cooperated with UN inspectors
2003 UN said found no evidence of active WMD programs in Iraq
2003 UN inspectors went to site CURVEBALL claimed was secret WMD facility for second time for
samples Found nothing
(Musings On Iraq article on how CURVEBALL influenced US intel on Iraq’s WMD)
(Musings On Iraq articles on the CURVEBALL story)
2003 UN inspectors found small stock of mustard gas and some old WMD warheads and Iraq built 2 banned
missiles Inspectors said Iraq had not provided any new information to answer questions from 90s inspections
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2003 State Dept said Iraq tried to buy aluminum tubes for its nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 UK Def Min report said Coalition had to prevent security vacuum after invasion of Iraq and stop Al
Qaeda from expanding into country
2003 UK Def Min note to Blair office said UK failed to influence US postwar Iraq planning and UK would
have to deal with US decisions made for it
2003 ORHA head Garner made 1st brief of postwar Iraq plans to Bush 1 month before war
2003 Defense Policy Board warned by peacekeeping expert Perito could be breakdown in law order right
after invasion if Iraqi police didn’t go back to work Board told that US troops could not take over police duties after invasion because not trained
2004 Iraqi Governing Council said it would draft and approve an interim constitution Couldn’t agree on
role of Islam
2004 Women’s delegation visited Iraqi Governing Council demanding interim constitution protect women’s
2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq suicide truck bomb on police and National Guard recruits in Hillah killed 127
2005 Annual State Department human rights report accused Iraqi security forces of rape torture and illegal
2006 Prosecution presented Saddam’s order to executed 148 people in Dujail in 1982 at his trial
2006 Report US warned about growing insurgency mid-03 and was largely Iraqi not foreigners Ignored by
Bush admin
2006 DIA Dir Gen Maples told Senate Armed Services Comm as long as Sunnis were disenfranchised
insurgency would continue

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