20 August 2004 Events in Iraq
22.20 Nassiriya. GASOLINE TANK TRUCK EXPLODES: 4 DEAD IN NASSIRIYA. A gasoline truck explodes in front of Nassiriya's telecommunication center.
22.00 Nassiriya. POLICE STATION DESTROYED IN BOMBING.
19.47 Najaf. KEYS TO SHRINE OF ALI HANDED OVER TO SISTANI. The Moqtada Al Sadr militiamen has “handed over the keys" of the Shrine of Ali to the representative of Ayatollah Al Sistani.
19.40 Najaf. CONTACT LOST WITH ITALIAN JOURNALIST FROM "IL DIARIO" There has been no contract from Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni. Baldoni joined a Red Cross convoy heading for Najaf but which was later halted.
19.25 Samarra. TWO US TROOPS KILLED IN SAMARRA. Two US soldiers were killed in an ambush prepared by guerrillas near Samara.
19.20 Baghdad. OIL PIPELINE FIRE. The al-Buzurgan pipeline near the Sayed Minihil Refinery, 350 km south of Baghdad is on fire.
19.10 Najaf. SISTANI INSTRUCTS NAJAF STAFF TO ACCEPT KEYS. Grand Ayatollah Alì al-Sistani has instructed his staff in Najaf to take possession of the keys to the Shrine of Ali from Moqtada al-Sadr.
18.47 Najaf. POLICE SAYS THEY DO NOT CONTROL SHRINE. Iraqi police says they do no control the Shrine Imam Ali in Najaf.
18.30 Baghdad. 12 NEPALESE CITIZENS KIDNAPPED. Ansar al-Sunna says it had kidnapped 12 Nepalese. Between 19th and 20th of August we took 12 Nepalese prisoners--infidels who collaborate with the American crusaders to assist them in their war on Islam.
17.48 Najaf. PENTAGON DENIES PRESENCE OF POLICE IN SHRINE.
17.33 Najaf. SPOKESMAN: AL SADR WILL LEAVE NAJAF ONLY AS A MARTYR. Moqtada al-Sadr is a son of Najaf and the leader of the Mahdi Army. He will leave the city only as a martyr, says spokesman Ahmad al-Sheibani.
16.46 Najaf. MARINES UNABLE TO CONFIRM PRESENCE OF POLICE IN SHRINE.
16.37 Najaf. SADR SPOKESMAN CONTINUES TO DENY PRESENCE OF POLICE INSIDE SHRINE. Sadr spokesman Ahmad al-Sheibani tells Reuters that police have not entered into the shrine.” The Shrine of Ali is under the control of the Mahdi Army. - If they try to get in, we will fight them. The process of turning over the keys to Ayatollah Al Sistani is ongoing".
16.34 Najaf. AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE: NO IRAQI POLICE INSIDE SHRINE.
16.22 Najaf. AL SADR SPOKESMAN DENIES THAT POLICE CONTROL SHRINE. Sheik Ahmad al-Sheiban tells Al Jazeerah that police do not control shrine.
16.16 Najaf. COMBAT CONTINUES A Reuters cameraman, Haidar Salahuddine, says fighting continues near shrine.
16.13 Teheran. IRANIAN PRESIDENT KHATAMI CALLS FOR ISLAMIC CONFERENCE. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami asks for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conferences to find a solution to the Iraq crisis.
15.55 Najaf. 400 MILITANTS ARRESTED. Iraqi police says they arrested 400 Shi'ite militants.
15.55 Najaf. US JOURNALIST ON AL JAZEERA "I AM WELL TREATED". Micah Garen says he is being treated well in a video broadcast by al-Jazeerah.
15.40 Najaf. IRAQI POLICE CONTROL SHRINE. The Iraqi Interior Ministry says police control shrine of Ali.
15.20 Najaf. AL JAZEERA REPORTS POLICE ENTER SHRINE OF ALI.
15.15 Najaf. SADR'S MEN TURN OVER KEYS OF SHRINE TO THE MARJAIYA.
15.10 Najaf. AGREEMENT TO RETURN CONTROL OF SHRINE TO SISTANI. Ayatollah Ali Sistani has accepted to take over shrine from Al Sadr militia.
14.45 Ramadi. TWO US SOLDIERS KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE IN LAST 48 HOURS.
14.40 Kirkuk. BOMB DAMAGES OIL PIPELINE. Sabotage has damaged a pipeline between the Kirkuk oilfields and the Baiji Refinery.
14.15 Baghdad. 13 DEAD IN LAST 24 HOURS. 13 people were killed and 107 wounded in Baghdad.
13.26 Najaf. SADR SENDS LETTER TO POPE REQUESTING MEDIATION. Italian journalists in Najaf receive letter for Pope from Al Sadr's representative.
13.15 Najaf. RED CROSS CONCERNED ABOUT FATE OF NAJAF RESIDENTS.
13.14 Najaf. MOQTADA SADR REFUSES TO DISARM.
12.55 Najaf. 77 DIE IN NAJAF IN LAST 24 HOURS.
12.41 Baghdad. ALLAWI, "WE WILL NOT ATTACK SHRINE OF ALI". Iraqi Premier Iyad Allawi says the Najaf shrine will not be attacked.
12.35 Baghdad. TWO EXTREMISTS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH DUTCH TROOPS. Dutch Armed Forces spokesman Nico van der Zee says patrol returned fire after drive-by shooting, killing the occupants of the car.
12.31 Washington. CIA DRAFTS HYPOTHETICAL REPORT. Los Angeles Times reports that [in a cover-your-ass--Nur] initiative, the CIA will draft a report on what would have happened without the invasion.
12.17 Rome. ITALIAN EX-PRESIDENT COSSIGA SAYS ITALY SHOULD WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM IRAQ. Italian Ex-President Cossiga tells Italian Defense Minister that Italy should withdraw its contingent from Iraq with "humility and modesty'.
12.01 Rome. PARLIAMENTARY SESSION 27/8 TO REVIEW IRAQ CRISIS. The Foreign and Defense Ministers to appear before Italian parliament on 27 August to report on the Iraq crisis.
11.35 Najaf. SADR READY TO DIE A MARTYR. Sadr spokesman Ahmed al Shibani says, al-Sadr will remain in Najaf. He is now beside his soldiers, and will combat until martyrdom.
11.25 Baiji. KIRKUK-BAIJI PIPELINE SABOTAGED.
11.12 Baghdad. YESTERDAY'S TOLL IN CAPITAL: 10 DEAD AND 79 WOUNDED. Combat between al Sadr militants and US troops kill 10 and wound 79.
10.16 Najaf. AL SADR SPOKESMAN TURNS OVER KEYS TO SHRINE TO AL SISTANI. Sheik Ahmad Al Shibani has turned over the keys to the shrine of Ali to Ayatollah al Sistani.
10.07 Fallujah. NEW WAVE OF BOMBS STRIKE FALLUJAH. US warplanes launched a missile strike on the industrial zone of the city. Victims reported.
09.49 Najaf. SADR SPOKESMAN DEMANDS RELEASE OF US JOURNALIST. Sheik Awas al Khafaji, lieutenant of Moqtada al Sadr in Nassiriya, has demanded the release of Michael Garen.
09.23 Najaf. MOQTADA SADR TELLS MILITIA TO FIGHT ON.
08.50 Fallujah. AT LEAST 5 DEAD AND 6 WOUNDED. Midnight bombing of Fallujah kills five and wound six. Dr. Abdul-Karim al-Doulaimi says a dozen homes were destroyed.
08.47 Najaf. AMERICANS AND IRAQIS CONTROL OLD CITY. US troops and Iraqi security forces take control of old city in Najaf.
08.18 Najaf. CITY BOMBARDED ALL NIGHT LONG. US suspends bombing at dawn.