Saturday, July 20, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Jul 20


1920 Pro-Independence delegation of Iraqis met UK High Commissioner Wilson who invited 20 pro-
British Iraqis Meeting went nowhere British later tried to arrest pro-independence delegates
1920 British reinforcements arrived helping defeat tribal fighters in 2nd Battle of Aridiyat
1920 Tribal fighters laid siege to Kufa
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1933 Mosul province told many Assyrians had left for Syria from Dohuk area
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1959 Gen Qasim put several Communists on trial for hand in Jul 14 fighting between Kurds and
Turkmen in Kirkuk
(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)
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1961 Kuwait told Arab League Iraq stopped working with League because Qasim claimed Kuwait as part of
Iraq
1970 Pres Bakr attacked Communists for not accepting Baathist leadership in govt
(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)
1987 Iraq accepted UN Res 598 calling for a ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War Iran didn’t reject it which was a first
1988 Iraqi forces reached Iranian border in Kurdistsan
(Musings On Iraq book review Iran-Iraq War Volume 4: The Forgotten Fronts)
1988 Ayatollah Khomeini said that he endorsed Iran-Iraq War ceasefire
1988 UN Sec Gen de Cuellar invited Iraq and Iran foreign ministers to NY for talks to end war Iran
refused direct talks saying it didn’t accept Saddam’s govt Led Saddam to go back on offensive to make Iran talk
1988 Iraq tried to add 3 more requirements to UN Res 598 ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War including direct
talks with Iran Was meant to delay talks so Iraq could gain more territory to increase its position
(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 Pentagon report said Iraq unlikely to use force against Kuwait
1991 KDP and PUK launched attacks in Irbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniya provinces UN said Kurds had
taken large parts of Sulaymaniya Iraq accused Iran of interference
1998 US asked PUK and KDP to meet in Washington for peace talks over civil war
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
2002 CIA Dir Tenet met MI6 Head Dearlove Tenet said WMD intel didn’t matter because war was inevitable
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy
Tragedy)
2003 Sadrists protested in Najaf against US harassment
2003 Report US military teams searching for Iraq’s WMD frustrated by not finding anything
2003 Report Jun 02 US started campaign to use No Fly Zones to degrade Iraq’s air defenses to prepare for
invasion
2003 Report US intel actually knew very little about Iraq’s WMD after UN inspectors left in 90s
2004 Filipino driver kidnapped by insurgents Was released after Philippines withdrew its 51 soldiers from
Iraq
2004 PM Blair defended Iraq war to parliament saying caveats should have been included in UK dossier on
Iraq WMD
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2006 Bush told violence moving from insurgency to sectarian Overwhelming Maliki govt ISF involved in
sectarian violence
2006 UK Amb to Iraq Patey said Coalition facing strategic failure in Iraq Civil war or division of Iraq
possible Happened despite political progress in Iraq but that also increased sectarian divisions UK needed to push Iraqi govt into lead and ensure it has monopoly of force
2008 Iraqi Accordance Front ended 11 month boycott of parliament gaining no concessions from PM Maliki
(Musings On Iraq article on Accordance Front boycott)
2018 Protests in Babil Baghdad Basra Dhi Qar Karbala Maysan Muthanna Najaf Qadisiya Wasit for services
and jobs 2 killed 1 in Najaf 1 in Qadisiya by police and Badr guard Almost all broken up by police
(Musings On Iraq article on Jul 20 protest activity)

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