Tuesday, August 20, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 20

1974 Iraq deployed 84,000 troops and 20,000 Kurdish militia to fight KDP
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1987 Dawa set off car bomb in Baghdad killing 20
1988 Ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War announced 350 UN peacekeepers deployed along border
(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 NSD 45 signed saying U.S. would get withdrawal of Iraq from Kuwait restore Kuwaiti govt
restore security of Gulf protect U.S. citizens in Kuwait and Iraq
1990 Iraq withdrew from last piece of Iranian territory taken during Iran-Iraq War Meant to secure
            east front
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
1991 Barzani left Baghdad effectively ending autonomy talks with Baghdad
1995 Iraq admitted to UN inspectors that its crash program to build a nuclear bomb failed
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
1996 PUK attacked KDP positions in Sulaymaniya with Iranian artillery and helicopter support
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
1997 Iraq agreed to allow Iranian pilgrims to go to Najaf and Karbala as way to get around UN sanctions
2002 Rumsfeld said Al Qaeda operatives were in Iraq and that US needed to launch pre-emptive strike
because couldn't wait for Iraq to get stronger
(Musings On Iraq book review America at the Crossroads, Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy)
(Musings On Iraq book review Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy)
2002 UnderSecDef Feith’s intel group met with CIA to discuss Iraq-Al Qaeda ties Complained CIA didn’t
believe Iraq involved in 9/11 Brought up story that 9/11 hijacker Atta met with Iraqi intel in Prague in 2001
2003 Bush at NSC meeting said US had to re-evaluate enemy in Iraq after Zarqawi bombed UN in
(Musings On Iraq book review The Caliphate At War, Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic State)
2003 UN said bombing of its Baghdad offices wouldnt stop reconstruction of Iraq UN would withdraw most
of its staff
2003 Bremer told Iraqi Governing Council they had to act quicker to rebuild country and give public
2004 PM Allawi called for Sadr to give up Imam Ali shrine in Najaf or face US-Iraq assault
(Musings On Iraq article on 2nd battle of Najaf)
(Musings On Iraq book review Battle For The City Of The Dead)
(Musings On Iraq book review US Marines in Battle An-Najaf August 20014)
2005 Report Islamic Party talked with insurgents to try to ensure large turnout in constitutional referendum
2005 Report Shiite parties took over police in Basra Carried out assassinations of ex-Baathists Sunni leaders
and rival Shiites
2005 Report Peshmerga ran 5 prisons and carrying out mass arrests of Sunnis Turkmen and minorities in
2007 ISCI governor of Muthanna assassinated by Sadrists Sadr-Hakim rivalry
2007 Report Mahdi Army fighters said they’d gone to Lebanon to train with Hezbollah Sadr said there was
a formal alliance between the two groups
(Musings On Iraq article on Hezbollah presence in Iraq)
2007 Protest in Bagdhad’s Ghazilyia against Sahwa there Ghazailya Guardians Said they were former
2008 As part of Maliki-Pres Barzani deal Peshmerga began withdrawing from Qara Tappa and Jalawla in
Diyala after Baghdad sent in army and demanded them to withdraw from disputed area
(Musings On Iraq article on Maliki-KRG dispute over Khanaqin dist)
2011 On ISI’s 5th anniv released video with message that it was going to Syria
2012 US warned that oil companies signing deals with Kurds without Baghdad’s approval were taking risks
2015 Pres Barzani’s term expired but he refused to leave office
2017 Operation to free Tal Afar began
2018 Protests in Muthanna and West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra over services and jobs

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