Tuesday, August 6, 2019

This Day in Iraqi History - Aug 6

1920 UK Cabinet decided to send Sir Percy Cox to Baghdad to help deal with 1920 Revolt
(Musings On Iraq book review of Reclaiming Iraq, The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State)
1921 Gertrude Bell wrote that Iraq might be the best chance England had to straighten out
            the Mideast and if it worked it would change relations between Europe and Asia
(Musings On Iraq book review of Gertrude Bell And Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review Gertrude Bell, Explorer of the Middle East)
1933 Assyrians captured by Kurds trying to return form Syria turned over to army and executed Gen Sidqi
said retaliation for Assyrian attack on army camp Rumors spread that Assyrians had blown up bridges and poisoned water
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1981 Cuba China India Zambia PLO sent delegation to Tehran to try to end Iran-Iraq War
1983 Iranian forces attacked hills around Mehran Iran during Op Wa al-Fajr 3
1986 Iraq air strike hit 5 of Iran’s 11 tankers at Kharg Island Iran’s main oil terminal
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraqi Mirages, The Dassault Mirage Family In Service With The Iraqi Air Force, 1981-1988)
1988 Saddam said he would accept ceasefire to end Iran-Iraq if Iran would hold direct
talks Iran said no Saddam was trying to add his own demands to UN proposal
(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 U.N. Resolution 661 placed economic sanctions on Iraq for its invasion of Kuwait
1990 Iraq issued statement saying reports about its forces heading towards Saudi border were false
1990 Saddam met with US Charge De’Affaires Wilson Said he respected US interests
            and was not going to attack Saudi Arabia
1990 US delegation convinced King Fahd to invite US troops to Saudi Arabia after
            Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait
1990 Bush authorized Def Sec Cheney to start deploying troops to Saudi Arabia
1990 Bush met Thatcher Both agreed to confront Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
1991 Iraq told UN weapons inspectors that it worked on anthrax and botulin toxin as
            part of its biological weapons program
(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)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Saddam Tapes)
1999 Jim Hoagland in WashPost reported Clinton Natl Sec Adv Berger told Iraqi
            opposition president wanted Saddam removed by end of his term
(Musings On Iraq book review The United States And Iraq Since 1990: A Brief History with Documents)
2002 Nat Sec Adv Rice called Sec State Powell and told him he did a great job with Bush Said there should
be more discussions on what Iraq policy should be
(Musings On Iraq book review Leap of Faith, Hubris Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy)
2002 White House Chief of Staff Card called Sec State Powell asking for same briefing on Iraq he’d given
Bush day before
2002 Natl Sec Adv Rice paper Liberation Strategy for Iraq Said when US overthrew Saddam couldn’t act
like an invader Had to pose war as a liberation of the Iraqi people Same time US would have to stay in Iraq for many years
2002 Gen Franks told his commanders to switch to Hybrid War plan which could start immediately
(Musings On Iraq book review of Shaping the Plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Role of Military Intelligence Assessment)
2003 US Iraq Cmdr Gen Sanchez said limiting arrests and raids looking for Baathists Said few returns and
angering Iraqis
2004 After 2 days of fighting in Najaf US claimed killed 300 Mahdi Army fighters
(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 Report US intel officers were involved in Abu Ghraib prison abuse
2006 Report ISF not able to secure Baghdad and US doubling troops in city from 7200 to 14200 to help
2007 Iraqiya’s 4 ministers started boycott of cabinet Were now 17 ministers total not going to Maliki
2007 US audit found couldn’t account for 190,000 rifles and pistols it gave to the ISF
2008 KRG moved 2 Peshmerga brigades outside Kirkuk city Baghdad sent Defense Minister to check on
situation Was protest over provincial election law that called for power sharing in Kirkuk
(Musings On Iraq article on Kurdish protests over election law)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq After America, Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance)
2008 US Govt report Iraq revenues up and could take more responsibility for reconstruction but most of
budget going to salaries and benefits and barely spending investment money Only 23% in 2005 19% in 2006 28% in 2007 Iraq was now outspending US however on reconstruction
(Musings On Iraq article on US and Iraqi reconstruction spending)
2008 Iran and Iraq signed trade agreement to create free trade zone Tehran one of Iraq’s top 2 trade partners
(Musings On Iraq article on trade deal)
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2008 Govt gave squatters 1 month to leave or be sued or arrested Would be given limited compensation Part
of PM Maliki’s displaced program to force people to return home Complaints that govt had no real plan or funding for program
(Musings On Iraq article on govt return program)
2015 Protests in Karbala, Najaf, Baghdad, Basra, Hillah, Nasiriya and Rumaitha, Muthanna demanding
2018 9th day of sit in protest in Muthanna also demos at Safwan border crossing and West Qurna 1 oil field
in Basra Baghdad

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