28 April 2004 Events in Iraq
18.10 Mosul. 5 IRAQI POLICE KILLED.
18.00 Washington. BUSH: "IN FALLUJA WE WILL DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO"...to make the city secure [what would Tamurlane do?].
17.55 New York. KOFI ANNAN: "WE ALL WANT THE OCCUPATION TO END to give the political process a chance".
17.50 Rome. ROMANO PRODI: "BE AWARE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ; we must all put on the pressure on to ensure that the UN is granted the roll it should assume" [GWB: Hint...step aside].
16.55 Baghdad. 2 COALITION SOLIDERS KILLED BY GRENADE BLAST.
16.30 Washington. USA: "WE ARE STILL SEEKING A PEACEFUL SOLUTION FOR FALLUJAH". [Really?]
16:00 Fallujah. ITALIAN HOSTAGES, KUBAYSI: "WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK".
15:50 Fallujah. KUBAYSI: "VERY GRAVE SITUATION". The USA launched a massive attack on 2 neighborhoods in my hometown with aircraft, helicopter and heavy artillery. The first started a 21:30 and lasted for one hour. At 22:30 bombs began to all on another neighborhood which was hammered until past midnight. The number of victims is unknown; US forces won't let anyone into the city. What is known is that the situation is very grave.
15:30 London. BLAIR: "AERIAL ASSAULT ON FALLUJAH NECESSARY". "It's perfectly just and appropriate to intervene in this way". [Just, huh?]
15:17 Fallujah. RESIDENTS OF THE CITY: "WE ARE BEING BOMBED". US aircraft begin new raids on the city.
14:15 Rome. UNITED CENTER-LEFT IN ITALY: "We will vote on a withdrawal of Italian troops in May.
13.55 Fallujah. ITALIAN HOSTAGES ALIVE AND IN GOOD CONDITION.
13,30 Rome. MUSLIMS IN ITALY TO POPE: YOUR BLESSING FOR TOMORROW'S DEMONSTRATION". [National demonstration in Italy tomorrow to release Italian hostages].
12.32 Mosul. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE NEW FLAG. More than 1,000 demonstrators gather in the streets in front of giant reproduction of the new flag shouting "Our nation's flag is not for sale" and "Sunni and Shi'a, United in Islam"
12.24 Al-Kut. 1 UKRAINIAN SOLDIER KILLED, 2 WOUNDED
12.23 Rome. POPE: NO COMMENT ON TOMORROW'S NATIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS.
12.19 Rome. BERLUSCONI, IF ITALY LEAVES IRAQ, IT WIL BE CIVIL WAR.
12.15 Rome. BERLUSCONI, WE'RE STAYING, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST [We'll take another look at this next month]
12.14 Rome. IRAQ: BERLUSCONI, ITALY IS GRATEFUL TO THE USA, BUT WERE NOT BUSH'S VASSALS. [Crrrack].
11:30 Najaf. US ROADBLOCK ON BRIDGE CONNECTING KUFA AND NAJAF: All traffic in and out of NAJAF inspected.
10.45 Madrid. SPANISH TROOPS ARRIVE HOME at the Talavera del Real airbase in western Spain.