15 June 2004 Events in Iraq
21.56 Kirkuk. PIPELINE SABOTAGED IN NORTHERN IRAQ. A pipeline serving domestic demand has been sabotaged.
21.35 Baghdad. 13 DEAD IN YESTERDAY'S CAR BOMB.
21.27 Baghdad. ALLAWI IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH USA FOR SADDAM'S RELEASE.
21.00 Nassiriya. POLICEMAN KILLED; TWO FORMER BA'ATH PARTY MEMBERS KIDNAPPED.
20.53 Hilla. CAR BOMB TARGETS US BASE IN HILLA. A car bomb exploded at Hilla (site of ancient Babylon), 100 km south of Baghdad. One Iraqi killed.
20.49 Washington. GEN. CASEY TO REPLACE SANCHEZ. Gen George Casey to replace Gen Ricardo Sanchez, implicated in Abu Ghraib scandal.
19.45 Baghdad. AL-QAEDA GROUP CLAIMS REPONSIBILITY FOR BAGHDAD CONVOY BOMBING. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claims reponsibility. Through the grace of God, members of the Jamaat al-Tawhid wal Jihad martyrs' brigade were successful in setting a trap for a convoy of mercenaries in the center of the Iraqi capital.
18.32 London. UK, NEW INQUEST OPENED INTO PRISONER ABUSE. The four soldiers facing court-martial are but the first of many to face punishment says Geof Hoon.
18.15 Washington. BUSH SAY ZARQAWI PROVES CONNECTION OF SADDAM TO AL-QAEDA "Zarqawi is the proof" says George W. Bush. [And if you believe that, Bigfoot and his band of jackalope terrorists are burning down the forests out west.]
18.10 Rome. RELEASED ITALIAN HOSTAGES: CONTACTS WERE MADE WITH ITALIAN GOVERNMENT.
17.46 Washington. BUSH WANTS TO START DIALOG WITH MOQTADA AL SADR. And says the Iraqis really, really, really will have sovereignty after 30 June.
17.46 Washington. "SADDAM TO BE TURNED OVER TO IRAQIS WHEN THERE IS SECURITY"
17.30 Washington. WHITE HOUSE: "SADDAM WILL BE TURNED OVER AT THE OPPORTUNE TIME" says Scott McClellan, but Iyad Allawi announced yesterday that it will be within two weeks.
17.19 London. GEN. JANIS KARPINSKI: "WE HAD ORDERS TO TREAT THEM LIKE DOGS". Gen. Janis Karpinski, tells BBC that she had orders to treat detainees like dogs at Abu Ghraib.
16.56 Baghdad. ATTACK ON CONVOY OF CONTRACTORS IN BAGHDAD. A convoy of three vehicles carring contractors was attacked on the road to Baghdad Airport. One SUV was hit and burst into flame.
16.51 Basrah. OIL EXPORTS HALTED IN SOUTH. A pipeline south of Bassrah carrying oil from southern Iraq to marine loading platforms was shut down. Ten days are required to repair damage, at a cost to of Iraq $60 million per day.