18 May 2004 Events in Iraq
13.14 Najaf AYATOLLAH SISTANI DEMANDS DEPARTURE OF MILITANTS AND US TROOPS. Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani has demanded that Sadr militants and US troops evacuate Najaf and Kerbala.
13.06 Baghdad. ITALIAN HOSTAGES STILL ALIVE.
12.40 Baghdad. POWERFUL EXPLOSION IN CAPITAL. A powerful explosion rocked Baghdad after the funeral of IGC President Ezzedine Salim. Buildings shook throughout the city.
12.25 Mosul. 2 US CIVILIANS KILLED while traveling in their car.
12.10 Najaf RENEWED COMBAT IN CITY. Police station attacked.
11.00 London. STRAW: "SITUATION MORE DIFFICULT THAN IMAGINED. Jack Straw says unforeseen difficulties have arisen during Iraq occupation.
10.05 London. UK to send 3,000 additional troops. Royal Marines and armored infantry to be deployed
09.55 Baghdad. IRAQI SHI'A SUPPORTED BY IRAN ASK TROOPS TO STAY Abu Aref of SCIRI says foreign troops must stay in Iraq
09.40 Rome. DC-130 RETURNS TO ITALY with body of Matteo Vanzan, first Italian battle casualty since 1944.
09.05 Basrah. PIPELINE REPAIRED.
08.45 Nassiriyah. QUIET PREVAILS OVERNIGHT
07.55 Karbala. VIOLENT COMBAT IN KARBALA AT DAWN.
07.15 Najaf. NIGHTTIME BATTLES. Battle between Mahdi Army and Iraqi police in Revolution of 1920 Square.
07.10 Ramadi. 2 US SOLDIERS KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE.