Chronology: Iraq

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Chronology: Iraq


Hunter, Leslie A., The Middle East Journal


See also, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey

1997

July 20: Opposition radio, Voice of the Iraqi People, reported that an explosive charge went off near the presidential palace in al-Basra, resulting in an unspecified number of casualties. [7/22 FBIS]

July 21: Iraq presented to the United Nations (UN) a new plan for purchasing and distributing food. [7/23 FBIS]

July 26: Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) radio reported that joint forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) had attacked KDP positions around the village of Garawan in the Rawandez region in the north. [7/29 FBIS]

July 28: Richard Butler, UN Security Council Special Commission (UNSCOM) chairman, agreed to an Iraqi plan to eradicate biological, chemical and missile weapons over the next month. [7/28 FT]

Aug. 2: Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that Iraq had deployed military forces in al-Basra and al-Nasiriya provinces in southern Iraq, near the Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian borders, in observance of the anniversary of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. [8/21 FBIS]

Aug. 5: The UN approved Iraq's plan for distributing proceeds gained from selling oil. [8/5 WSJ]

Aug. 8: The UN approved a formula for setting crude oil prices, allowing Iraq to sell $1 billion in oil by 5 September. [8/9 WP]

Aug. 9: KDP sources reported that PUK and PKK forces had launched a joint offensive on KDP defense positions in the area located between the Alana Valley and the Kolash mountain chain. [8/12 FBIS]

Aug. 10: PUK sources reported that the Turkish Air Force had launched air attacks on the Bradoust region, in northern Iraq, killing 20 people. [8/12 FBIS]

Aug. 20: Iraq announced it would allow Iranians to visit Shi'ite holy sites in Karbala' and Najaf. Such visits had been suspended since 1980. …

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