29 June 2004 Events in Iraq
21.02 Washington. MARINE HELD HOSTAGE, PENTAGON ADMITS. The Pentagon confirmed today that Wassef Hassoun, the US Marine of Lebanese ethnic origin, was indeed kidnapped, not had not gone AWOL.
20.44 Amman. SADDAM’S ATTORNEY RECEIVES DEATH THREAT FROM IRAQI MINISTER. Jordanian defense attorney Issam Ghazawi says he has received a death threat from the new Iraqi Justice Minister Malek Dohan al-Hassan.
19.45 Baghdad. MARINES FIRE INTO CITY PARK: TWO WOUNDED. A group of US soldiers indiscriminately sprayed a Baghdad municipal park with automatic weapons fire, wounding a small child and an adolescent.
18.46 New York. ANNAN TO TRAVEL TO BAGHDAD. UN Spokesperson Marie Okabe makes the announcement.
18.41 Tel Aviv. ISRAEL OFFERS TO RESTORE DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH IRAQ.
16.56 -Bern. SADDAM, SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS FROZEN. Following a recommendation from the UN, the Swiss authorities have block 6 individual accounts and 2 corporate accounts linked to the regime led by Saddam Hussein.
15.42 Washington. USA PONDERS OBLIGATORY RECALL FOR RESERVISTS. The Pentagon is preparing a "non-voluntary mobilization" for thousands of reservists who have completed their period of active service. Six thousand reservists are expected to be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.
15.29 Rome. TEN IRAQI OFFICERS TO BE TRAINED IN ITALY. 10 young officers already selected in Nassiriya will go to Italy for training.
15.24 Baghdad. ARREST WARRANT FOR SADDAM AND 11 MEMBERS OF THE FORMER REGIME. The "Special Iraqi Tribunal" has announced that it has issued arrest warrants for Saddam and eleven of his associated. This is a measure made necessary by the transfer of powers.
15.13 Baghdad. AMBASSADORS PRESENT CREDENTIALS TO NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT. Ambassadors from the USA, Australia and Denmark presented their credentials to di Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yaouar.
14.43 Ankara. TURKEY WILL TRAIN POLICE BUT NOT ARMY. Turkey will train thirty Iraqi police officers in Turkey or Jordan.
14.41 Baghdad. TAREQ AZIZ TO BE HANDED OVER TO IRAQIS. Ex-Vice Premier Tareq Aziz and ex-Presidents Taha Yassin Ramadan and Hasan Al-Majid to be turned over to Iraqis.
14.37 Mosul. BRITISH MERCENARY KILLED IN MOSUL ON 24 JUNE. Julian Davies, 39, employed by Global Risk Strategies was killed on 24 June.
14.35 Bucharest. NATO, ROMANIA READY TO TRAIN IRAQI SECURITY FORCES. Romania announced at the Nato summit that it will train Iraqi security forces.
13.49 Baghdad. LIST OF ELEVEN SADDAM COLLABORATORS PUBLISHED. The Iraqi Special Tribunal has published the names of eleven people to be tried.
13.43 Paris. FRANCE READY TO RESTORE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH IRAQ. French FM Michel Barnier says "Paris is ready to rapidly restores diplomatic relatons with Iraq after consulting with the Iraqi authorities.
13.00 Baghdad. SADDAM'S TRIAL TO BE PUBLIC. Prime Minister Allawi says trial of Saddam Hussein will be public. "We shall guarantee a fair trial to Saddam Hussein and if he wishes he can serve as his own counsel."
12.35 Baghdad. ALLAWI: "SADDAM'S PRETRIAL HEARING TO OCCUR WITHIN A FEW DAYS." Iyad Allawi says pretrial hearings for Saddam Hussein will start in a few days; the trial will be scheduled for the autumn.
12.29 Baghdad. SADDAM TO BE TRANSFERRED TO IRAQI CUSTODY TOMORROW. Eleven other prisoners to join the ex-dictator.
12.20 Baghdad. ONE POLICEMAN KILLED AND ANOTHER WOUNDED SOUTH OF BAGHDAD. Guerrillas launch an attack on the Mahmudiya police headquarters, 30 km south of Baghdad.
12.04 Baghdad. THREE MARINES KILLED AND TWO WOUNDED IN BAGHDAD ATTACK. This morning's explosion killed 3 Marines and wounded 2 others.
12.00 Baghdad. 250 MORE PRISONERS RELEASED FROM ABU GHRAIB. Prisoners had been taken in Diyala and Tamin provinces, north of Baghdad.
11.23 Ankara. TURKISH GOVT CONFIRMS RELEASE OF HOSTAGES. Turkish FM Abdullah Gul confirms release of three hostages.
11.09 Baghdad. TERRORISTS: "HOSTAGES WERE FREED BECAUSE OF STREET DEMONSTRATONS IN TURKEY". Jamàat al Tawhid and Jihad announces release of hostages thanks to protests in Turkey.
11.03 Baghdad. TURKISH HOSTAGES RELEASED.
09.58 Baghdad. MARINES STRUCK BY ROADSIDE BOMB EAST OF BAGHDAD.
09.52 Kirkuk. THREE DEAD IN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON KIRKUK POLICE CHIEF. One bodyguard was killed and two wounded after assassination attempt against Ahmed Hamawandis, Kurdish police chief.
09.23 Baghdad. ATTACK ON CONVOY OF MARINES.
08.45 Washington. US ARMY TO MOBILIZE 6500 RESERVISTS.
07.45 Baghdad. ULTIMATUM EXPIRES FOR TURKISH HOSTAGES.
07.36 Baghdad. COALITION AGREES ON HANDOVER OF SADDAM TO IRAQIS. Salam Chalabi makes the announcement.
07.00 Kuwait City. IRAQ-KUWAIT DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS RESTORED.