22 May 2004 Events in Iraq
17.35 Baghdad. MORTAR FIRE HITS DOWNTOWN. Seven mortar rounds hit downtown Baghdad, woulding 2 coalition soldiers and 1 Iraqi.
17.09 Washington. USA DENIES WITHDRAWING FROM KARBALA.
16.20 Najaf. SADR MILITIA PREPARED TO EVACUATE NAJAF IF USA WITHDRAWS. "We are prepared to end our armed presence if the Occupation forces leave" says a Sadr spokesman to journalist Qais al-Khazali.
16.15 Baghdad. GROUP CLAIMS REPONSIBILITY FOR ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF VICE-MINISTER. A group lead by Abu Musad al Zarqawi has claimed reponsibility for an attack on the convoy of Shi'a General Abdel Jabar Youssef al-Shikli.
15.30 Najaf. CLASHES BETWEEN USA AND SADR FORCES. Four Iraqis dead and seven wounded. US tanks attacked with mortars and grenaded. One home destroyed.
13.15 Baghdad. EXPLOSIONS IN CAPITAL. Explosions heard within Green Zone.
12.20 Rome. MARTINO, STATE FUNERAL FOR QUATTROCCHI Italan Defense Minister Antonio Martino wants a state funeral for dead paramilitary contractor.
11.30 Karbala. COLATION AND SADR MILITIA WITHDRAW FROM KARBALA. Sadr spokesman Ali al-Kazali says agreement to be initialed in the afternoon.
09.30 Baghdad. IRAQ VICEMINISTER OF THE INTERIOR IN STABLE CONDITION Abdul-Jabbar Youssef suffered a head wound in the explosion of a car bomb in front of his residence. He is in Al-Kindi hospital. 6 others were wounded. Surrounding cars and homes damaged
08.05 Mahmoudiyah. US SOLDIER KILLED, THREE WOUNDED SOUTH OF BAGHDAD. Suicide car bomber rams vehicle into convoy in al-Mahmoudiyah, 30 km south of Baghdad.