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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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).

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

8 June 2004 Events in Iraq

16.30 Baghdad. GENERAL SANCHEZ: "KIDNAPPERS ARRESTED". Italian hostages [all employed as mercenaries] were held prisoner in the same locale and their armed kidnappers arrested.

14.24 Baghdad. ITALIAN HOSTAGES FREED. US troops find hideout, liberate hostages

14.13 Baghdad.NPOLISH HOSTAGE LIBERATED. Polish construction company owner Jerzy Kos freed.

13.59 Berlin. GERMANY PREPARED TO APPROVE 5TH DRAFT OF UN RESOLUTION. FM Joschka Fischer makes announcement.

12.33 Baghdad. ALLAWI: IRAQIS TO CONTROL PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. The control of the petroleum resources of Iraq will be in the hands of the Iraqis; the Americans will be an integral part of the multinational forces as provided for in the draft UN Security Council resolution says Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi. Allawi invites Arab and Islamic countries to contribute to the security force planned in Iraq and says Egypt and Jordan will send troops. Allawi also stated that the US security contingent will be under the supervision [Note: this does not mean command.]

12.10 Warsaw. POLISH PREMIER ANNOUNCES END TO DEMINING OPERATION. Polish Premier Marek Belka calls off operation.

11.41 London. THE TIMES: NO PROOF AGAINST SADDAM. The prosecutors changed with gathering evidence against Saddam Hussein do not have the testimony and the evidence necessary to prove direct responsibility of Saddam in "crimes against humanity." None of the 40 former members who have been arrested have come forward to testify out of fear of vendetta. Judicial authorities are also fearful: many prosecutors and judges have refused any role in the trial.

11.29 Washington. WASHINGTON POST: US DOCUMENTS ISSUED IN 2002 APPROVED TORTURE. White House Counselor Alberto Gonzalez wrote the CIA saying torture was justified to prevent an attack on the USA. Further, Gonzalez wrote that inflicting moderate or brief pain did not constitute torture.

10.46 Baghdad. ALLAWI DIRECTS PLEA TO SADR. Iyad Allawi invites Al Sadr to a reasoned dialogue respectful of differing opinion.

10.35 Teheran. IRAN: HAERI CRITICIZES IRAQI GOVERNMENT. Iraqi Ayatollah Seyed Kazem Haeri, now living in Iran and considered the ideological patron of Al Sadr, has announced that the new transitional government is without legitimacy.

10.30 Baghdad. MARINE KILLED IN COMBAT YESTERDAY. A marine from the 1st Expeditionary Corps was killed yesterday in al-Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

10.00 Al-Suwayrah. DEMINING OPERATION, DEATH TOLL RISES. Six Coalition troops die in a munitions depot in Al-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad: 2 Poles, 1 Latvian and 3 Slovaks.

09.37 Moscow. PUTIN IS POSITIVE CONCERNING 5TH UN DRAFT. Vladimir Putin says he is convinced that ongoing negotiations in the US will lead to a positive result. However no formal statement has been issued.


08.55 Mosul. 10 DEAD, 100 WOUNDED. Salem al Hadj Issa, Mayor of Mosul and Police Commissioner, was the intended target of a carbombing.

08.40 Paris. FRANCE SAYS YES TO NEW UN DRAFT. FM Michel Barnier says that France will vote yes in Security Council vote.

07.20 Baquba. CARBOMB: 5 DEAD. Car bomb explodes in front of US base. Four Iraqis are killed and 16 wounded while one US soldier dies and 16 are wounded.

00.01 New York. NEW UN RESOLUTION PRESENTED. The US and Britain present a 5th draft to the Security Council which provides for consultations between the US and Iraq before launching major military operations.


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