Thursday, August 8, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Aug 8


1933 Iraqi army began executing Assyrian males captured in Bekher Mountains and looting their
villages Mayor of Zakho began disarming Assyrians in town Kurds joined in looting in Zakho Head of Zakho went to Sumail and told Assyrians to disarm even though not in his district
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Tragedy of the Assyrian Minority in Iraq)
(Musings On Iraq book review State and Society in Iraq)
1969 Iraqi army destroyed Kurdish village of Dakan near Mosul
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Kurds, A Modern History)
(Musings On Iraq book review Kurds of Iraq, Tragedy and Hope)
1979 5 members of Rev Command Council expelled coup plotters executed by Baath party leaders Saddam
led session
1979 Saddam appeared on TV to explain coup plot
1979 Assad protested and demanded to see evidence Syria behind coup plot Sent Foreign Minister and chief
of staff to Baghdad Rebuffed by Saddam Ended unity talks Saddam had opposed unity fearing that it would sideline him and give more power to Bakr
1984 Germany announced restrictions on sale of chemical manufacturing equipment to Iraq after reports
used to make WMD
(Musings On Iraq article on the origins of Iraq’s WMD programs)
1988 UN said ceasefire in Iran-Iraq War would start Aug 20 effectively ending the 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)
1988 Govt began military campaign in southern marshes to wipe out insurgents and anti-govt tribes in area
1990 Iraq announced merger of Kuwait and Iraq 
1990 Pres Bush said a line had been drawn in the sand at the Saudi-Kuwait border to stop anymore Iraqi
advances
(Musings On Iraq book review from storm to Freedom, America’s Long War with Iraq)
1995 Govt cut phone lines to other countries Put Republican and Special Republican Guard on alert Put
units on Baghdad streets Saddam Fedayeen put on Jordan-Iraq highway after found out Hussein Kamal defected to Jordan
1995 Iraq claimed Hussein Kamal responsible for hiding weapons programs from UN inspectors after he
defected to Jordan Iraq admitted that it weaponized biological weapons to UN inspectors Hussein Kamal’s defection undermined Iraq’s program to hide its WMD and nuclear programs from UN inspectors
(Musings On Iraq article Iraq’s Rejection of UN Inspectors Led To Mistrust Over WMD and 2003 Invasion)
(Musings On Iraq Chilcot Report Sec 1.1 UK Iraq Strategy 1990 To 2000)
1996 UN agreed to plan for Oil For Food Program
2002 House Majority Leader Armey said that if US didn’t have provocation it would not have international
support for action vs Iraq
2002 Iraqi opposition met in Washington to talk about political transition in post-Saddam Iraq INC wanted
exiles to endorse Chalabi as leader
2003 IAEA Found no Iraqi nuclear weapons program after 1991
(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 article on how poor US intel work led to claim Iraq rebuilt its nuclear weapons program)
2004 Arrest warrant for murder issued for one of Saddam’s lawyers
2004 Arrest warrant for Ahmed Chalabi for counterfeiting dinars and nephew Salim Chalabi for murder of
Fin Min official
2005 Saddam fired his entire legal team at his trial
2005 Constitutional committee ended its work Negotiations over final draft began within leadership council
of committee Shiite and Kurdish members of constitution committee made more changes to constitution with Sunnis often excluded
(Musings On Iraq interview with constitutional scholar Zaid al-Ali on Iraq’s constitution)
(Musings On Iraq book review Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Occupation of Iraq, Winning The War, Losing The Peace)
2006 Meeting Marine Expeditionary Force I Cmdr Gen Zilmer Ramadi Cmdr Col MacFarland and others
Said Battle for Ramadi in trouble Outposts surrounded and forces largely consigned to protecting them rather than counterinsurgency operations
(Musings On Iraq book review of Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar)
(Musings On Iraq book review of The Marines Take Anbar, The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda)
(Musings On Iraq book review Illusions of Victory, The Anbar Awakening And The Rise Of The Islamic State)
(Musings On Iraq book review The Sheriff of Ramadi, Nvy SEALS and the Winning of Anbar)
2007 2 studies found Saudis accounted for largest percentage of suicide bombers in Iraq
(Musings On Iraq article on Saudi role in insurgency)
2007 US said that militias becoming larger threat to US forces in Iraq 99 EFP attacks upon US forces
            in July 07 73% of US casualties in Baghdad in July due to militias Militias received EFPs fromIran
(Musings On Iraq interview with Galen Wright of Arkenstone blog on Iranian arms shipments to Iraqi militias) 
(Musings On Iraq article on Iran’s Iraq policy)
2008 Report UN survey found only 4% of Iraqi refugees wanted to return to Iraq Was down from 14% in
Nov 2007 Were concerned with security
(Musings On Iraq article on refugee survey)
(Musings On Iraq book review Children of War, Voices Of Iraqi Refugees)
2014 US began air strikes against IS in Iraq
2018 Sit in continued in Muthanna Sit-in outside West Qurna 1 ended after meeting with local officials
who promised demands would be met March in north Muthanna

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