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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Sunday, July 18, 2004

18 July 2004 Events in Iraq.

17.24 Kirkuk. 2 ARABS AND TWO KURDS KIDNAPPED. Two Arabs and two Kurds were kidnapped in Kirkuk in a feud raging between the two groups.

16.06 Baghdad. MYSTERIOUS MISSILE FIND. Baghdad newspaper Al Mashreq reports British find fourteen missiles. To hide missiles from US spy satellites, they had been buried in the deserts under a layer of salt.

15.45 Fallujah. GOVERNOR SAYS NO FOREIGNERS IN CITY. The governor of the city of Fallujah rejected claims by American forces that there were foreign fighters in the city. The claim was a pretext for an air raid on the city last night.

15.07 Fallujah. CASUALTY TOLL RISES: 14 DEAD AND 3 WOUNDED. US air strike on alleged terrorist cell in Fallujah kills 14, wounds 3.

14.58 Baghdad. BAN ON AL SADR'S NEWSPAPER LIFTED. Premier Iyad Allawi removes ban on newspaper published by Moqtada al-Sadr which had led to Shi'a revolt.

14.50 Fallujah. 25 ZARQAWI MILITIAMEN IN BOMBED AREA. US military command claims 25 al-Zarqawi militiamen were the target of last night's air strike.


14.25 Baghdad. ALLAWI APPROVES US AIR STIKE ON FALLUJAH. Last night's air stike on Falljah killing 11 had been approved by Allawi.

13.35 Suleimaniya. EX-COMMANDER OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD CAPTURED. Sufyan Maher Hassan was arrested today in Saddam Hussein's home town.

12.50 Baghdad. IRAQI MINISTER COMPLAINS OF IRANIAN INFILTRATION. Interior Minister Falah al Nakib claims "heavy infiltration by Iranians" in Iraq. Matter to be discussed in Teheran by PM Iyad Allawi next week.

12.30 Baghdad. POLISH PREMIER VISITS CONTINGENT. Marek Belka is in Iraq today.

10.51 Fallujah. AIRSTRIKE SPARKS PROTESTS. Hundreds of people demonstrated against last night's US air strike which killed women and children. The protest was approved by the Iraqi military forces.

10.00 Fallujah. US AIR STRIKE: 11 DEAD. Sono undici, secondo fonti sanitarie, le vittime di un attacco aereo sferrato sulla città di Falluja dalle forze americane.

08.20 Tikrit. CARBOMB IN TIKRIT, POLICEMAN WOUNDED. A carbomb exploded near a checkpoint in downtown Tikrit located 500 meters from the Governor's residence.

08.00 Manila. DEFINITIVE PULLOUT BY PHILIPPINES TOMORROW. Foreign Minister Delia Albert says, The last remaining members of the Philippines humanitarian mission have reached the end of their mandate. After leaving Iraq they will go to Kuwait and return to Manila on a commercial flight.


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