Monday, September 30, 2019

This Day In Iraqi History - Sep 30

1924 Frontier Commission appointed to determine border between new nation of Turkey and Iraq
(Musings On Iraq book review The Creation of Iraq 1914-1921)
(Musings On Iraq book review Supremacy And Oil, Iraq, Turkey, and the Anglo-American World Order, 1918-1930)
1958 Agrarian Reform Law issued by Gen Qasim in attempt to redistribute land from large landowners to
(Musings On Iraq interview with Western Kentucky’s Prof Romero on the Qasim govt)
1958 Pres Qasim removed Arif as Dep PM and Interior Minister because he was a threat to the govt
1980 Ayatollah Khomeini refused all talks with Iraq to end war Demanded Saddam step down Iraq had to
admit it was aggressor and pay reparations Basra was to come under Iranian control until Iraq paid debt Referendum in Kurdistan or autonomy or joining Iran
1980 Iranian air force launched Op Scorch Sword attacking Iraq’s Osirak nuclear facility Only minimal
damage Iran also bombed Baghdad
1980 Iraqis were stopped outside Dezful Ahvas and Abadan in Khuzistan province Allowed Iran to re-
supply and have access to Shatt al-Arab
1980 Soviet’s Brezhnev said Iran and Iraq both friends of USSR 2 needed to negotiate end to war Soviets
main military supporter of Iraq
1980 State Dept told Italy’s Foreign Ministry that USSR turned down request by Iraq for additional military
1982 Iranian Op Muslim ibn Aqil Attacked between Qasr e-Shirin and Sumer in center Goal was to invade
Diyala take Baquba and threaten Baghdad 60,000 Iranians vs 36,000 Iraqis Only advanced 6 mi before counterattacked by Iraq forced withdrawal
1984 Iran Op Val Fajr 7 attacked Meimak Heights central front to stop Iranian shelling of area
(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)
2001 Report Al Qaeda defector said bin Laden did not like Saddam because of his attacks upon Muslim
2001 Iraqi defector told Sunday Telegraph Saddam started crash program to produce WMD in six months
2002 Iraq and UN negotiated new weapons inspections in Vienna but blocked 8 presidential sites US
rejected deal
(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)
2002 NYTimes OpEd by Clinton era counterterrorism official Benjamin said Saddam thought bin Laden a
threat and 2 didn’t cooperate
2003 UN Sec Gen Anan said that UN would only renew its role in Iraq if sovereignty passed to an interim
2003 Def Sec Rumsfeld aide ate with Pentagon Def Policy Board member Gingrich and Dep Sec Def
            Wolfowitz who were lobbying against Bremer
2003 Def Policy Board member Gingrich would later say Bremer at CPA was biggest foreign policy disaster
in recent times
2003 Bush told Justice Dep investigating possible unauthorized disclosure of undercover CIA official fmr
Amb Wilson’s wife VP Cheney’s office had leaked her name to press to discredit Wilson
(Musings On Iraq Review Hubris, The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, And The Selling Of The Iraq War)
2003 Constitutional preparatory committee came up with 3 ways to name delegates to constitutional
committee Couldn’t agree on which to use
2004 Iraq Survey Group final report said aluminum tubes Iraq tried to buy were for rockets not centrifuges
(Musings On Iraq article on the aluminum tubes story)
2004 UK intel report said Sunnis did not believe in politics because didn’t gain anything Said majority of
Sunnis supported insurgency Felt loss of power fear of Shiite rule and Iranian influence United by opposition to occupation Sunnis believed armed struggle rather than politics could achieve their goals
(Musings On Iraq Book Review The Report of the Iraq Inquiry, Executive Summary)
2007 Report Sahwa expanding 30,000 tribesmen organized by US so far including 8,000 in Mansour and
Abu Ghraib in Baghdad 3,500 in Diyala
2008 Sheikh announced 20 Tribal Support Councils created in Dhi Qar by PM Maliki Creation of Tribal
Support Councils in Dhi Qar led to attacks upon sheikhs in political rivalry between SIIC and Dawa
(Musings On Iraq article on PM Maliki’s patronage system including Tribal Support Councils)
(Musings On Iraq article Disputes over PM Maliki’s Tribal Support Councils)
2014 UK launched first air strikes on IS
2014 Cabinet authorized govt to provide weapons, equipment, salaries to Hashd
2017 Iraqi military said it was going to take over Kurdish border posts by stationing troops on Turkish and
Iranian side in retaliation for independence referendum
(Musings On Iraq book review The Great Betrayal, How America Abandoned The Kurds And Lost The Middle East)
2018 KRG held parliamentary elections Had low voter turnout 58.4%
(Musings On Iraq article on impact of KRG elections)

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