27 August 2004 Events in Iraq.
20.51 Strasbourg. JAVIER SOLANA, EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE TO ENSURE STABILITY. Javier Solana, the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs says the EU should do everything possible to bring stability to Iraq.
19.48 Baghdad. ALLAWI TO BERLUSCONI, ITALY INDISPENSIBLE FOR IRAQ. Allawi thanks Italy for its deployment under UN Resolution 1546.
19.37 Fallujah. US AIRSTRIKES ON REBEL POSITIONS.
19.14 Najaf. SISTANI WANTS INVESTIGATION OF DEMONSTRATION MASSACRE. Grand Ayatollah Alì al-Sistani says an inquest should be opened into the events in Kufa and Najaf which cost the lives of dozens of people heeding Sistani’s call to march on Najaf.
18.47 Paris. CHIRAC TO RECEIVE IRAQI PRESIDENT AL YAWAR IN SEPTEMBER.
18.44 Baghdad. POLICE SEARCH CHALABI’S OFFICES IN BAGHDAD. The police searched the offices of Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, says party spokesman Mithal al-Alussi.
18.31 Baghdad. IRAQIS COUNT ON AL SISTANI TO BUILD DEMOCRACY. Iraqis say they are counting on al-Sistani to bring peace and stability to Iraq.
17.45 Kashmir MUSLIMS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST USA. Police broke up a street demonstration of thousands of people chanting ‘Down With the USA’ in Kashmir with tear gas.
17.30 Najaf. US TROOPS WILL SHOOT IN SELF-DEFENSE ONLY.
17.15 Najaf. US TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM CITY. US troops have left Najaf after Moqtada Sadr’s militiamen left the Shrine of Ali. However two tanks were sighted in the eastern part of the city. Iraqi police patrol the streets.
16.15 Baghdad. ATTACKS ON PATROLS IN BAGHDAD, 12 US SOLDIERS WOUNDED. Twelve US soldiers were wounded today in three different attacks on patrols in the city. The first attack was at 10:00 am local time when eight grenades were thrown at a patrol, wounding five troops. The second occurred an hour later--another five soldiers were wounded in a grenade attack. In the third attack, also using grenades, 2 were wounded.
15.45 Baghdad. RELATIVE OF DEFENSE MINISTER RELEASED. One of two relatives of the Defense Minister, Hazim al-Shalan, has been released according to Al Jazeerah. He had been kidnapped by the "Brigades of Divine Fury".
14.27 Basrah. TWO PIPELINES SABOTAGED LEADING TO DROP IN EXPORTS. Saboteurs attacked two oil pipelines in Iraq. Following the attacks, the rate of export of crude from the Basrah and Khor al-Amaya dropped to 1.5 million barrels per day from 1,6. Output is down 25% overall from Monday when 2 million barrels per day were produced.
14.00 Najaf. POLICE SAY 25 CORPSES FOUND IN SHRINE. Iraqi police say they have found the bodies of executed, mutilated or burned civilians and police in an advanced state of decomposition inside the shrine.
13.55 Naja. POLICE SAY THEY CONTROL SHRINE OF ALI.
12.45 Mosul. CARBOMB WOUNDS US SOLDIER. A roadside bomb struck a US convoy in the Yarmouk quarter of Mosul. One US soldier and 10 bystanders, including a woman, were wounded.
12.20 nAJAF. SHRINE OF ALI EMPTIES OUT, SISTANI DELEGATION ARRIVES. Approximately three hours after the deadline established by the peace plan, the Shrine of Ali emptied out. The pilgrims arriving in Najaf in support of Sistani as well as followers of Moqtada al-Sadr have vacated the shrine, except for a handful of Sadr commanders. Sistani then dispatched a 12-man delegation that did not enter as clean-up work was in progress inside.
12.13 Kuwait City. KUWAITI FIRM PULLS OUT OF IRAQ. The Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Co.(Kgl)will cease operations in Iraq. A group called The Black Flags Division of the Secret Islamic Army has threatened to kill their employees unless the firm ceases operations.
12.00 Baghdad. POLICE RELEASE IRANIAN JOURNALIST. Iranian journalist Mostafa Darban, arrested along with three of this colleagues on August 9, has been released by police, says the "Irna" press agency. The arrest led to the worst escalation of tensions between two countries since the First Gulf War of 1980-1988.
11.40 Najaf. SADR TRANSFERS CONTROL OF SHRINE TO ALI AL SISTANI.
11.24 Baghdad. US OPERATION IN HAIFA STREET, SHOOT-OUT. US tanks entered the quarter as helicopter gun ships hovered above. The street has been blocked off and smoke is seen rising from the area.
10.15 Najaf. SISTANI RECEIVES KEYS TO SHRINE OF ALI. Dubai's "al-Arabiya" TV broadcast the news.
9.58 Mosul. US CONVOY BOMBED, CIVILIANS WOUNDED.
9.50 Najaf. DEADLINE FOR EVACUATION OF SHRINE PASSES, ARMED MEN STILL INSIDE. At 10:00 am local time, the Mahdi Army is still within the Shrine.
9.30 Fallujah. US SOLDIER DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT. A US soldier was killed in Fallujah when his truck overturned.
8.00 Najaf. THOUSANDS OF FAITHFUL MARCH TO TOMB OF ALI. As Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to disarm, thousands of faithful entered the sacred shrine singing and praying peacefully. Not one US soldier was seen in the vicinity, nevertheless, gunfire was heard.
6.55 Najaf. A PORTION OF SADR'S MEN LAY DOWN ARMS. Several Sadr fighters deposited their arms at a collection point outside the shrine and changed into civilian clothes.
6.30 Najaf. AL SADR ORDERS MILITIAS TO DISARM. Al Sadr uses mosque public address system reserved for morning prayers to call upon his follower to disarm.
5.40 Najaf. THOUSANDS OF SHI'ITES GATHER AT SHRINE OF ALI.