22 August 2004 Events in Iraq
20.36 Nassiriya. GAREN: "THANKS TO EVERYONE". Micah Garen thanks everyone for working towards his release after he is let go in Nassiriya.
20.29 Mosul. US SOLDIER KILLED. A US soldier was killed in Mossul when his convoy hit a roadside bomb.
20.04 Nassiriya. MICAH GAREN FREED.
19.57 Khalis. CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN KHALIS, TWO DEAD. A remote-controlled carbomb exploded today in Khalis, 80 km north of Baghdad, killing two and wounding four, including the deputy mayor of the town.
19.15 Al-Anbar. THREE MARINES KILLED. Three marines were killed in separate incidents in Al-Anbar Province, in central Iraq.
19.10 Rome. "BALDONI, NO CONFIRMATION OF MURDER OF DRIVER". There is still no confirmation that the corpse recovered in Malmudyia is that of Ghareeb, driver for Enzo Baldoni, says the correspondent for Radio-Television Italia in Baghdad, Pino Scaccia, in his blog (www.pinoscaccia.rai.it/torre)
17.50 Mosul. ATTACK IN MOSUL. One Indonesian and two Iraqis were killed and one Philippino wounded, in an attack on their vehicle convoy in downtown Mosul (370 km north of Baghdad). An armed group attacked two vehicles transporting engineers, translators and their bodyguards.
16.06 Najaf. "SADR STILL IN NAJAF. THE RESISTANCE CONTINUES". Moqtada al-Sadr is still in Najaf and has no intention of abandoning the city says spokesman Shaibani. The handover of control of the shrine in no way means the guerrillas intend on abandoning their fight agaist the Americans.
15.32 Baghdad. MISSING FRENCH JOURNALISTS AUTHORS OF BIOGRAPHY OF SADDAM. Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot published a biography of Saddam two years ago.
14.33 London. UK BLOGGER AND IRAQ POLICE CONFIRM DEATH OF BALDONI'S INTERPRETER. The British 'blogger' who first gave the news of the possible kidnapping of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni says he has proof of the death of Ghareeb, the journalist's interpreter.
13.40 Najaf. ATTACK ON US TANKS. Militants launched an RPG attack on US tanks which came within 300 of the shrine. The tanks returned fire and the detonations were felt inside the mosque.
13.31 Najaf. COMBAT RESUMES AROUND SHRINE.
13.08 Najaf. SADR: "HANDOVER OF SHRINE OF ALI SUSPENDED". The handover of the keys to the Shrine of Alì in Najaf to grande ayatollah Alì al Sistani is on hold.
11.50 Basrha. OIL EXPORTS RESUME.
12.05 Najaf. US TANKS ADVANCE ON MOSQUE. US tanks are within 800 meters of the Shrine of Ali.
12.03 Rome. DAUGHTER OF ENZO BALDONI IS OPTIMISTIC. Gabriella Baldoni, has made a blog entry at her father's site, saying she is optimistic that her father will be found.
11.55 Najaf. 20 KILLED NEAR CITY. 20 people died in combat in Kufa between US forces and Moqtada al-Sadr's guerrillas.
11.03 Rome. ITALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS NO INFORMATON ON ENZO BALDONI.
08.55 Baquba CARBOMB: TWO DEAD, EIGHT WOUNDED. Deputy Mayor Ghassan al Ghadren was the target of a carbombing in Baquba. He survived the assassination attempt.
08.45 Baghdad. NO NEWS ON FRENCH JOURNALISTS. No news from George Malbrunot of Le Figaro and Christian Chesnot of Radio France International.
08.40 Baghdad. ANXIETY SURROUNDS DISAPPEARANCE OF ENZO BALDONI, DRIVER IS FOUND MURDERED.
06.50 Najaf. MARINES AND MILITANTS CLASH.
01.29 Najaf. US ATTACK ON MILITIA. US airstrikes cause violent explosions which shook the holy city of Najaf.
01.00 Najaf. EXPLOSION AND FIRE. A huge fire broke out in Najaf after US bombardment and an Ac-130 gunship attack.