25 May 2004 Events in Iraq
16.35 Washingtn. POWELL: "WE WILL ACCELERATE TRAINING OF IRAQI ARMY".
16.20 Washington. BUSH: "THE US HAS THE SAME GOALS AS FRANCE". Bush says he agrees with Chirac [Menteur!]
15.30 Paris. CHIRAC: "TRANSFER OF POWER MUST BE GENUINE". The current draft is a point of departure: more work needed.
15.20 Moscow. U.N. RESOLUTION, RUSSIA INSISTS ON POSTPONEMENT UNTIL AFTER 30 JUNE Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov says he will not discuss UN involvement until after transition.
15.13 Baghdad. SPANISH INTELLIGENCE STAFF LEAVES IRAQ The Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (Cni) has also evacuated Iraq.
14.20 Baghdad. MORTAR FIRE HITS POLICE STATION, ONE US SOLDIER DIES.
14.00 Baghdad. KIMMIT, NAJAF SHRINE DAMAGE NOT OUR FAULT. Damage to the Mosque of Imam Ali in Najaf not fault of USA.
13.20 London. BLAIR, NEW GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE VETO POWER OVER MILITARY OPERATIONS. [You've gone off script, Tony]
13.00 Washington. BUSH STUMBLES THREE TIMES IN TRYING TO PRONOUNCE `ABU GHRAIB'. Says "abugah-rayp", then "abu-garon" and finally, "abu-garah".
12.50 Berlin. GERMANY: US DRAFT A GOOD STARTING POINT German FM Joschka Fischer. "It's truly a good starting point for reaching an accord but it needs much more work."
12.48 Teheran. IRAN, KHARRAZI DENIES SUPPORTING SADR. Iranian FM Kamal Kharrazi denies that Iran supports Sadr following talks with Polish FM Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz.
12.34 London. IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER: FOREIGN TROOPS MUST LEAVE IN A MATTER OF MONTHS, NOT YEARS. Declaration of Iraqi Defense Minister Ali Allawi in joint press conference with Geoff Hoon.
11.49 Najaf. MOQTADA SADR VISITS DAMAGED MOSQUE. Says mosque hit by US and that 10 people were wounded, none seriously.
11.31 Baghdad. 5 WOUNDED IN HOTEL CAR BOMBING IN BAGHDAD. 5 wounded in bombing of the Karma Hotel. 11 year-old child not expected to survive.
11.09 Arbil. KURDS THREATEN CIVIL WAR IF NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT IS ISLAMIC.
10.57 Wellington. NEW ZEALANDER THOUGHT KIDNAPPED WAS HELD BY USA. A New Zealand tourist thought missing was held and interrogated for three months by US. Andreas Schafer, 26, went missing in March. US denied holding Schaefer to New Zealand Foreign Ministry.
10.20 Najaf. STREET DEMONSTRATIONS PROTEST DAMAGE TO MOSQUE.
9.43 Najaf. MOSQUE OF ALI HIT BY MORTAR FIRE. 10 wounded in explosion, tension in the city extremely high.
09.37 Kirkuk. POLITICAL LEADER ASSASSINATED. Leader of minority Turkmen party killed.
08.52 Najaf. CLASHES NEAR MAUSOLEUM. Fighting continues in holy city.
08.21 Baghdad. HOTEL KARMA BOMBED IN BAGHDAD. Child is mortally wounded.
08.10 Washington GENERAL KARPINSKI RELIEVED OF COMMAND.
08.06 Kufa. FIVE DEAD AND 18 WOUNDED IN KUFA FIGHTING.
07.50 Washington. GENERAL SANCHEZ TO BE REPLACED
07.40 Baghdad. CAR BOMB NEAR AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY
06.23 Baghdad. US SOLDIER KILLED- US soldier killed at base northwest of Baghdad.