Thursday, March 7, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Mar 7

1916 British forces attacked Ottomans at the Dujaila Redoubt
1941 German Foreign Min official Woermann wrote that Berlin should send arms to Iraq but didn’t think
Baghdad should declare war vs UK because couldn’t win
(Musings On Iraq book review of Persian Gulf Command, A History of the Second World War In Iran and Iraq)
1950 Opposition MPs left parliament claiming they were being silenced in assembly Were hoping to cause
protests and bring down PM Suwaidi’s govt but failed
1959 Fighting broke out between Leftists that supported Qasim and pan-Arabists backed by Shammar tribe
who were against Qasim in Mosul
1959 Mosul commander Col Shawaf led military coup against Gen Qasim Poorly organized Only 2 other
army units joined Radio from Egypt didn’t arrive
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1975 Iran and Iraq came to agreement over Shatt al-Arab and Iran said it would stop supporting Kurdish
1975 Iraqi army moved into Kurdistan after Iran withdrew support for Kurds under Algiers Accord
(Musings On Iraq book review Killing Hope, U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II)
(Musings On Iraq article on Nixon admin support for Kurdish revolt)
1981 Iran rejected any ceasefire with Iraq Baghdad began bombing Iranian town of Ilam and oil refinery in
Khuzistan in retaliation  
1984 Iraqis used mustard gas against Iranians to try to turn them back in Basra marshes
(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)
1988 USSR submited new proposal for negotiating end to Iran-Iraq War
(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 Ayatollah Khoei issued 2nd fatwa calling for clerical leadership to run Najaf and restoring order
during uprising
1991 Iraqi officials asked for WMD to put down rebellion in Najaf
1991 Bush Admin warned Iraq not to use WMD against Shiite and Kurdish uprisings after Gulf War
1991 Govt forces began artillery and rocket fire on Najaf shrine
1991 Peshmerga began uprising in Sulaymaniya
1991 Saddam offered Shiites and Kurds share in govt in exchange for loyalty oath but turned down
1991 Iranian Pres Rafsanjani said Saddam was unpopular and should give into popular demand and
step down
(Musings On Iraq interview with National Univ of Singapore’s Fanar Haddad on the Impact of the 1991 Uprising)
1998 UN inspectors went to Special Republican Guard and Special Security Directorate
1998 NSA intercepted Saddam’s secretary Mahmoud telling Special Security Direcrorate to delay inspection
a one site so documents could be removed Destroyed at another
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
1998 US was hoping to cause confrontation between Baghdad and UN inspectors to strike Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on how US manipulated UN inspections)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iraq In The Eye of the Storm)
2003 UK Att Gen Goldsmith said that 2nd UN resolution was needed for action against Iraq
2003 Head weapons inspector Blix said that Iraq doing more but not fully cooperating and still months
more work ahead
2003 IAEA chief El Baradei told UN no evidence Iraq restarted nuclear program
(Musings On Iraq article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2003 IAEA concluded that aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not nuke program
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2003 IAEA said that documents claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger were fakes
(Musings On Iraq article on Iraq-Niger uranium story)
(Musings On Iraq article on UN weapons inspections)
2003 Powell told UN Security Council in response to IAEA that US had new proof that aluminum tubes
were for centrifuges
2003 UK For Sec Straw suggested UN set ultimatum for Iraq’s full cooperation with inspectors by Mar 17
or face war
2003 Defense Policy Board’s Adelman wrote OpEd USA Today saying US had given Iraq too much time
and needed action
2006 Anbar Revolutionaries said they’d killed 20 Al Qaeda in Iraq foreign fighters and 33 Iraqi ones Said
goal was to get rid of Zarqawi
(Musings On Iraq article on tribes turning on Al Qaeda in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq article on change in perceptions that led to Awakening)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency)
2007 Fadhila Party left United Iraqi Alliance over disagreements with leadership
2010 Parliamentary elections held leading to 2nd Maliki term
2012 Diyala governor forced to resign when backed turning province into a region
2014 Insurgents bombed Kirkuk oil pipeline cutting northern exports
2016 Sadrists threatened no confidence vote against Abadi if he didn’t announce new govt in 45 days
(Musings On Iraq interview with Cambridge’s Michael Clark on Sadr, protests and PM Abadi’s reforms)

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