Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

30 June 2004 Events in Iraq

23:00 Baghdad. HIGH-RANKING FINANCE MINISTRY OFFICIAL ASSASSINATED. Ihsane Karim was killed when a roadside bomb detonated under his car in the Al-Yarmouk quarter of Baghdad.

19.01 Baghdad. BREMER BEMOANS INABILITY TO PROVIDE SECURITY. Coalition forces deployed in Iraq were unable to transfer a secure nation to the Iraqis. In an interview with ABC news, Paul Bremer said, "My greatest regret was being unable to exercise greater control over security in Iraq."

17:07 Baghdad. IRAQ: FLOOD OF WEAPONS. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, more than eight million light weapons are in circulation in Iraq according to a report issued in Geneva.

17.43 Kuwait City. KUWAIT DEMANDS DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has demanded the death penalty for Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity committed in Kuwait. "We hope that Saddam will be executed because what he did in Kuwait was criminal and inhuman". Sabah added that a Kuwaiti representative will monitor the trial and that Kuwaiti documentary evidence would be submitted to the court.

17.09 London. UK GOVERNMENT AGAINST DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM. Her Majesty's government has informed the Iraqis that Britain is opposed to the death penalty for Saddam Hussein but added that the final decision would be made by Baghdad. FM Jack Straw says Britain's position is linked to moral considerations and to British law.

16.44 Baghdad. PRINCIPAL CHARGES AGAINST SADDAM. Salem Chalabi, President of the Iraqi Special Tribunal, says the principal charges against Saddam are using poison gas against the Kurds, torture, execution, mass graves, repression, the invasion of Kuwait, making war on Iran and launching Scud missiles against Israel.

16.05 Nassiriya. TWO ANTIQUITIES SMUGGLERS TRACKED BY ITALIAN CARABINIERI. Italian Carabinieri and a special multinational investigative suspect two smugglers in the looting of archeological sites in the area around Nassiriya, in order to sell the artifacts outside the country.

16.04 Erbil. EX-PKK OFFICIAL ENCOURAGES DIALOG WITH KURDS. Zubeyir Aydar, leader of the rebel PKK movement, renamed Kongra-Gel, has called on the USA to begin talks with the Kurds.

14.56 Baghdad. PRESIDENT YAWAR: DEATH PENALY REINSTITUTED. The interim Iraqi government has decided to reintroduce the death penalty which had been suspened by proconsul Paul Bremer.

13.41 Erbil. TALABANI: ZARQAWI SEEKS DISCORD BETWEEN SHI'A AND SUNNIS. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani says al-Zarqawi hopes to instigate violence between Shi'a and Sunnis.

13.39 Najaf. AL SADR MILITIA ATTACKS NAJAF POLICE STATION. Moqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army attacked a police station in Najaf. A suicide bomber was intercepted on the road between Kufa and Najaf and confessed to hoping to blow himself up at the shrine of Imam Ali.


13.18 Paris. FRANCE OPPOSED TO DEATH PENALTY. France is opposed to the death penalty in any circumstance for Saddam Hussein and insists court must obey international law.

13.17 Erbil. TALABANI, NO TO DEATH PENALTY FOR SADDAM. Even if Saddam Hussein"is the biggest criminal in the world, I do not want to see him condemned to death," says Jalal Talabani, leader of the PUK.

12.59 Najaf. CURFEW IMPOSED. Iraqi police imposed a 9:00 pm to 6:30 am curfew on Najaf after a police patrol came under fire from Moqtada Sadr's militiamen.

12.49 Strasbourg. EUROPEAN COURT REFUSES TO INTERVENE TO STOP SADDAM TRANSFER. The European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg has decided not to hear a case brought before it by Saddam's lawyers to prevent his transfer to Iraqi authorities because of inadequate guarantee of his welfare and the risk of imposition of the death penalty.

12.25 Erbil. KURDISH PUK NEWSPAPER REPORTS ARREST OF ZARQAWI. A Kurdish newspaper published in Iran by the PUK says Abu Musab al Zarqawi has been arrested but that Baghdad has yet to make an official announcement.

12.18 Rome. POPE SENDS GREETINGS TO AL YAWAR: NEW CHAPTER FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM. Pope John Paul II sends telegram to Iraqi President Al Yawar, offering the assistance of the Catholic Church in rebuilding Iraq.

12.09 Baghdad. SALEM CHALABI: "SADDAM IS IN GOOD CONDITION". Saddam Hussein "is fine" even if a bit shaken, says Tribunal President Salem Chalabi.

11.01 Baghdad. SADDAM, LEGAL CUSTODY TRANSFERRED TO IRAQ. Saddam Hussein, captured 14 December 2003, is no longer a prisoner of war.

10,46 Baghdad. US BASE ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD, ELEVEN WOUNDED. Mortar shell impacts US base at Baghdad Airport at 8:00 am this morning.


10,07 Baghdad. IRAQI GOVERNMENT TO REINTRODUCE DEATH PENALTY. Iraqi newspaper "As Sabah" reports story.

09,41 Washington. KIDNAPPED MARINE ATTEMPTED TO DESERT. The kidnapped US marine deserted his unit and attempted to reach Lebanon, where he was born. He was depressed by the death of a comrade.

09,37 Samawa. EXPLOSION IN SAMAWA. A bomb went off in Samawa, where the Japanese contingent is deployed, in front of the police station. No injuries reported.

08,35 Baghdad. ATTACK ON US BASE AT AIRPORT, SIX SOLDIERS WOUNDED. Six US soldiers wounded by mortar fire, some seriously.

08,17 Baquba. BROTHERS DIE WHILE MAKING BOMB. Two Iraqi brothers were killed while preparing a homemade bomb in Khalès, north of Baquba.

08,13 Lodon. ANGLICAN CHURCH CHASTISES BLAIR. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a letter to Tony Blair criticizing the conduct of British troops in Iraq. The letter- drafted by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and David Hope, Archbishop of York- was signed on behalf of all 114 Anglican archbishops.

07,00 Baghdad. IRAQ, DAY FOR TRANSFER OF SADDAM. Saddam Hussein, 67, will remain in US custody but his dossier is transferred to the new government of Iraq.


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