1 August 2004 Events in Iraq
20.00 Vatican City. VATICAN EXTREMELY CONCERNED OVER BOMBINGS. The Vatican has condemned the bombing of Christian sites of veneration in Iraq, indicative of "a deliberate attempt to increase tentions" says spokesman Fr. Ciro Benedettini. It is "terribile and worrisome" because it is the first time that Catholic places of worship have been targeted.
19:45 Kirkūk. CHRISTIAN HOMES BOMBED. Several homes belonging to Iraqi Christians were blown up in the Arafa Quarter of Kirkuk. However, most residents were away from home.
18.50 Baghdad. FOUR CHURCHES IN BAGHDAD AND ONE IN MOSSUL BOMBED.
18.41 Baghdad. CARBOMB, AT LEAST 12 DEAD. At least 12 persons were killed in suicide bombings today in Baghdad against a number of churches.
18.39 Baghdad. ATTACK ON CONVENT, TWO DEAD. Two persons were killed in a carbombing of a Chaldean convent today in the Doura Quarter in the southern part of Baghdad. One other person was wounded and taken to Baghdad's Yarmouk Hospital.
18.20 Baghdad. CONVENT BOMBED IN A SERIES OF ATTACKS. A Baghdad convent was bombed in on offensive targeted the Iraqi Christian community.
18.10 Baghdad. CHURCH BOMBINGS, "NUMEROUS CASUALTIES". An Iraqi spokesman has announced the bombing of four Christian churches in Baghdad and one in Mossul caused numerous deaths and injuries.
18.00 Baghdad. FOUR CHURCHES ATTACKED IN BAGHDAD, TWO IN MOSSUL.
17.55 Mosul. ONE KILLED IN EXPLOSION. One person is killed in a church in Mosul.
17.50 Baghdad. FOURTH CHURCH BOMBING IN BAGHDAD. The fourth church is in the southern part of the city. At least one person is dead.
17.40 Baghdad. THIRD CHURCH HIT BY BOMB.
17.28 Beirtu. LEBANESE HOSTAGE RELEASED. One of two Lebanese kidnapped two days ago has been released. Vladimir Damaa is reported in good condition.
17.25 Mosul. CARBOMB EXPLODES OUTSIDE CHURCH. Two carbombs exploded outside the Mar Polis Church in the Al Mohandessine Quarter in the center of Mosul.
17.20 Baghdad. CHURCH BOMBED IN KARADA QUARTER. The explosion of a first vehicle was followed up by a second.
17.15 Baghdad. HOSTAGE MEDIATOR WITHDRAWS. Hicham al-Doulaimi, the mediator conducting talks for a Kuwait company, has withdrawn his negotiation effort.
17.05 Baghdad. EXPLOSIONS, TWO DEAD. Two people were killed in carbombings in the Kerrada Quarter of Baghdad. One bomb targeted an Armenian church, the second a Catholic church.
16.55 Kuwait City. EMPLOYEES OF KUWAITI FIRM ARE STILL HELD PRISONER. Rana Abu Zaneih, spokesperson for the Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company, says kidnapped Kenyan truck drivers are still held hostage despite announcement by Kenyan Foreign Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere.
16.40 Baghdad. TWO EXPLOSIONS IN DOWNTOWN. Explosions were heard in the Kerrada Quarter near the National Theatre and two Christian churches.
16.05 Baghdad.RELEASE OF KENYAN TRUCK DRIVERS DENIED.
15.33 Nairobi. SEVEN TRUCK DRIVERS RELEASED. Kenyan FM Chirau Ali Mwakwere says three Indians, three Kenyans and one Egyptian have been released.
15.31 Sāmarā’. US SOLDIER DIES IN OFFENSIVE.
15.23 Rome. ULTIMATUM: "WHEN IT EXPIRES, WE WILL SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF BLOOD" We are mobilizing our sleeper cells in Rome and in other Italian cities" says statement printed in the London al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper signed by the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigade. We're giving Berlusconi 15 days to pull out of Iraq after which we shall no longer be responsible for the deaths to follow. We have warned you in other messages asking for the withdrawal [of Italian Troops] immediately. But we have seen nothing...Now we shall speak to you in the language of blood.
15:20 Rome. AL QAEDA TRANSMITS ULTIMATUM TO ITALY. Italy has 15 days to remove troops from Iraq.
13.43 Nairobi. KENYA: HOSTAGES TO BE RELEASED SOON.
12.51 Baghdad. MORTAR ATTACK ON NATIONAL GUARD BARRACKS IN BAGHDAD.
11.46 Baghdad. AL QAEDA FREES KIDNAPPED CHILD. A group linked to Al Qaeda and Abu Musab Al Zarqawi has freed a child kidnapped earlier.
11.24 Ankara. TURKISH HOSTAGES RECONGIZED BY FAMILY MEMBERS. One of two kidnapped Turkish truck drivers was recognized by famility members. The identity of Sait Unurlo, born in 1967, was confirmed by a telephone call from his nephew, Gulsen Altinova, in Birecik in southeastern Turkey.
11.13 Baghdad. US RELEASES 126 IRAQI PRISONERS. Sheik Hisham al Dulaimi, President of the Committee for the Release of Iraqi Prisoners, makes announcement in a press conference.
10.46 Ar Ramādi. SHOOTOUT BETWEEN CIVILIANS AND POLICE. Three civilian bystanders were wounded in Ramadi during a half-hous shootout.
10.27 Baghdad. TWO LEBANESE BUSINESSMEN KIDNAPPED. The list of foreingers kidnapped in Iraq grows as Lebanese businessmen Antoine Antoun and Vlado Khlat were kidnapped
09.22 Al Fallūjah. TEN DIE IN RAID. 10 people were killed and 40 wounded Fallujah, after a gunbattle between insurgents and US troops last night.
09.10 Baghdad. BOMB EXPLODES: TWO DEAD AND TWO WOUNDED. A man and a woman were killed and two others wounded, including a driver for the BBC, by a roadside booby trap which exploded after a US convoy passed through Abu Nawas Street in downtown Baghdad. Mohammad Khalaf, a driver employed by the BBC, suffered a headwound from flying glass following the explosion
08.57 Mosul. BOMB KILLS FIVE IN MOSUL. A carbomb exploded this morning in Mosul killing 5 and wounding 51. A Toyota Landcruiser crashed through a checkpoint an exploded 20 meters from a police barracks. At 9:05 am Sunday a Japanese-made car arrived in front of the barracks at full speed. Police opened fire on the car, which then exploded, says police captain Nidam Mohammad. The explosion set several cars on fire and bodies were blasted high in the air, landing on neighboring residential rooftops.
08.15 Al Fallūjah. US TROOPS CONDUCT OPERATION. Loud explosions shook Fallujah in the late evening hours. Blasts were heard in the northeast part of the city in the al Askari Quarter.
07.33 Al Fallūjah. EIGHT IRAQIS DIE IN CLASHES IN WITH US TROOPS. 35 others are wounded.