27 May 2004 Events in Iraq
16.52 Moscow. EVACUATION AIRCRAFT ARRIVES IN RUSSIA. Ilushyn 76 aircraft lands at Ramenskoiev Airport with 85 Russian and 5 Ukranian electrical power technicians on board. Interenergoservis employees Viaceslav Ovziannikov and Vikotr Dnkin (aged 36 and 56) were killed in a bombing yesterday. 150 technicians still remain in Iraq.
16.40 Najaf. USA CONFIRMS SUSPENSION OF MILITARY OPERATIONS IN NAJAF. Iraqi security chief Mowaffaq al-Rubaie confirms.
16.14 Najaf. SADR MILITIA ABANDONS FORWARD POSITIONS IN NAJAF. Ahmed Chalabi successfully mediates with Al Sadr.
16.07 New York ELEVEN CHARGES LEVIED AGAINST IMAM AL MASRI. Federal Court in New York brings charges.
16.02 New York. IMAM HAMZA AL MASRI CHARGED IN NY for attempt to form terrorist ring in Oregon. [Sounds far-fetched]
15.14 Baghdad. TORTURE, FIVE MORE AMERICANS CHARGED. Five more charged in Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse. Military Intelligence personnel, MPs and soldiers identified from prison photos.
14.34 London. UK REINFORCEMENTS TO DEPART FOR IRAQ BEFORE 30 JUNE.
14.04 London. 370 FRESH BRITISH TROOPS TO BE SENT TO IRAQ. British troop deployment now 8,900 men.
13.55 Najaf. PEACE TALKS CONTINUE. Kufa still controlled by militia.
13.20 Riyadh. AL QAEDA CALLS FOR GUERRILLA WAR IN SAUDI ARABIA. Abdulaziz al Muqrin details operations to be undertaken to destabilize kingdom.
13.05 Najaf. USA SUSPENDS OFFENSIVE.
12.42 Teheran. KHAMENEI DECLARES NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR DAMAGE TO SACRED SHRINES. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares official day of mourning for damage to holy places in Najaf and Karbala. "The sanctity of our holy shrines was ignored yet again as the occupiers inflict more damage."
12.15 Najaf. PRO-SADR STREET DEMONSTRATIONS. "We are ready to die".
11.35 London. 800 TROOPS TO DEPART FOR IRAQ.
11.20 Najaf. SADR MILITIA SUSPENDS WITHDRAWAL FROM NAJAF. Sadr spokesman Qais al Khazali says pullback suspended until USA confirms its part of the deal.
08.27 Najaf. TRUCE IN CITY: THE 4 POINTS. 1. End to military operations, return of control of public buildings to local authorities, departure of out-of-town militiamen, general pardon; 2. Permit police to carry out normal law and order duties; 3. Withdrawal of US forces, with the exception of a small contingent to protect the local governor; 4. Open talks with Beit Al Scii (Shi'a religious organization) on the future of the Sadr militia, Moqtada Sadr will not be arrested.
08.20 Najaf. SADR MILITIA VOWS TO PULL OUT OF NAJAF BY NOON.
07.51 London. RADICAL IMAM ARRESTED
07.50 Capetown. AL-QAEDA PLOT FOILED. South Africans say they foiled plot on April 14 meant to disrupt elections [Sounds self-aggrandizing].
07.20 Najaf. TRUCE CONFIRMED.
07.00 Ramadi. THREE US SOLDIERS KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE.
06.50 Washington. TORTURE, PENTAGON ADMITS 2,000 PAGES MISSING FROM REPORT SENT TO THE SENATE.
06.30 Najaf. SADR ACCEPTS TRUCE DEAL FOR HOLY CITIES.