Saturday, August 3, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 3

1954 Nuri al-Said became Iraq’s premier 7th time Went after opposition parties
1982 Iran called off Op Ramadan invasion of Basra At its peak Iran seized 300 sq km of Iraqi territory By
end only held 80 sq km US est Iran lost 14,000 casualties Iraq lost 8700 casualties and 1700 prisoners
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review of Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986)
1990 Amnesty said Iraqi army had arrested Iraqi exiles in Kuwait
1990 Arab League said it would mediate dispute between Iraq and Kuwait after invasion
1990 2nd NSC meeting on Kuwait invasion Bush said he agreed with PM Thatcher that Iraq’s actions could
not stand Bush said regional leaders were just talking about accepting the situation even though didn’t like it NatSecAdv Scowcroft said US wouldn’t accommodate Iraq Def Sec Cheney said Iraq was close to Saudi oil fields If didn't seize them would threaten them in future Bush and advisers agreed force might be necessary against Iraq and sanctions would probably fail
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
1990 Bush ordered CIA to come up with destabilization plan against Saddam
1990 Bush met Saudi Amb to US Bandar and convinced him to support US troops being sent to his country
1998 Tariq Aziz met UN inspectors Complained they were focusing upon minor issues  not important to
disarmament Said dragging out process at behest of US Demanded that Iraq be certified WMD free and inspections end Aziz said Iraq had nothing else to declare about its weapons programs Chief UN inspector Butler said Iraq had not provided evidence to prove claim it had declared all of its weapons programs
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
(Musings On Iraq article UN Inspectors Were Right Iraq Was Not A Threat)
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
2004 Sadr ordered his followers to seize Najaf shrine and attack Coalition forces in south starting 2nd Battle
of Najaf
(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)
2004 Mahdi Army kidnapped 18 police demanding release of their militiamen in return for freeing officers
2005 Integrity Commission investigated a number of corrupt deals made by Defense Ministry under Allawi
govt One Defense Ministry deal was with Poland’s Bumar that included helicopters that turned out to be 28 years told Another deal was for ammunition which cost four times more than it was worth
(Musings On Iraq book review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)
2005 Report Defense Min lacked capacity to pay supply recruit and replace personnel and carry out
promotions or deliver spare parts
2006 CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Abizaid told Senate Iraq could fall into civil war if violence continued
2006 Report outgoing UK Amb to Iraq said Iraq would be unstable for 5-10 yrs Said Iraq could breakup
along ethnosectarian lines Said had to stop Mahdi Army from becoming like Hezbollah
2006 Inter Min Bolani said rogue elements within his ministry Told parliament new uniforms and IDs
would be made to distinguish between real and fake police Said he would root out corrupt police and those accused of torture and would show results by end of August Inter Min only ordered 25,000 new uniforms for force of 145,000
(Musings On Iraq interview with Jerry Burke police and Interior Min adviser on how Badr took over Interior Ministry)
2006 Report some neighborhoods in Baghdad set up checkpoints and refused to allow police in without US
troops accompanying them
(Musings On Iraq book review Voices From Iraq, A People’s History, 2003-2009)
2006 Report of 14,000 planned reconstruction projects in Iraq more than 500 had not been started Special
Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said start of US reconstruction effort was confused overwhelmed lacked coordination and planning
2007 Reports Iraqi parties talking about replacing PM Maliki after Iraqi Accordance Front and Sadrists
            boycotted cabinet and parliament
2007 Report Maliki govt intentionally releasing lower casualty figures for violence in Iraq to downplay
insurgency Govt said 25 dead and 100 wounded in car bombing in Baghdad Later local officials said 92 dead and 127 wounded
2014 IS seized Sinjar Zumar Wana in Ninewa Began massacre and enslavement of Yazidis
(Musings On Iraq interview with AUIS’s Christine van den Toorn on what happened to Yazidis when IS invaded Sinjar) 
(Musings On Iraq article on how KRG tried to cover up what happened to Yazidis in Ninewa)
(Musings On Iraq interview with journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg on dispute between KDP Hashd and Yazidis in Sinjar)
2014 IS attacked north into Irbil
2015 Protest in Pirzin Irbil over power cuts and water shortages
2017 Sadr called for mass demonstrations over passage of provincial council law
2018 Protests in Baghdad 2 in Basra Najaf Karbala Qadisiya Muthanna Babil Dhi Qar Maysan for better

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