Iraq

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03/10/1932
Iraq gains independence from Britain
28/04/1937
Saddam Hussein is born near the town of Tikrit, Iraq.
16/07/1979
Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq.
07/06/1981
An attack by Israeli Air Force planes destroys Iraq's nuclear reactor.
19/02/1986
As the Iraq-Iran War continues, Iran captures the key Iraqi oil port of Al Faw
22/05/1987
The US warship Stark is hit by an Iraqi missile while on patrol in the Persian Gulf
16/03/1988
Thousands of people die in a poison gas attack ordered by Saddam Hussein in the northern Iraqi town of Halabja.
15/03/1990
Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft is executed in Iraq having been convicted of spying. A last minute appeal for clemency by the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fails.
10/01/1991
The United Nations Secretary General left for Baghdad in a final diplomatic effort to avoid war against Iraq
17/01/1991
Operation Desert Storm begins as Gulf War Allies send hundreds of planes on bombing raids into Iraq.
28/02/1991
US President George H Bush announces a ceasefire in the Gulf after Iraq accepts all 12 UN resolutions.
31/03/1991
Iraqi forces recapture the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. British and American forces are refusing to intervene to protect fleeing Kurds
13/01/1993
British, American and French fighter bombers have carried out bombing raids over southern Iraq
22/07/2003
The sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay Hussein are shot dead during a gun battle in northern Iraq.
19/08/2003
A massive bomb wrecks the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 19 including the chief envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

 

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