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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Saturday, August 28, 2004

28 August 2004 Events in Iraq

23.15 Baghdad. SUNNI ULEMA PLEA FOR RELEASE OF FRENCH HOSTAGES. The main Sunni organization of clerics have issued an appeal for the release of the two French journalists.

21.07 Doha. AL JAZEERA BROADCASTS VIDEO SHOWING FRENCH HOSTAGES. Kidnapped French journalists Christian Chesnot of Radio France International and Georges Malbrunot of Le Figaro were shown in a video received by al Jazeera.

21.05 Baghdad. 48 HOUR ULTIMATUM ISSUED TO PARIS. The kidnappers of two French journalists have given Paris a 48-hour ultimatum.

20.45 Baghdad. TWO FRENCH CITIZENS KIDNAPPED. Al Jazeera reports new abduction. The kidnappers demand that Paris reverse it decision to ban the veil in French schools. They are held by the Islamic Army of Iraq, the same group who executed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni.

17.30 Cairo ISLAMIC WEBSITE HAS VIDEO SHOWING 12 NEPALESE HOSTAGES. An Islamic site has a video in which 12 Nepalese hostages say they were duped into working in Iraq by “American lies.”

17.25 Najaf. MINISTERS INSPECT DAMAGE TO CITY AND SHRINE. A team of ministers from the Iraqi caretaker government flew to Najaf today to inspect damage to the city and the the Shrine of Ali.

17.00 Nasssiriya. ITALIAN REGIMENT TO RETURN TO ITALY 7 SEPTEMBER. The Venetian regiment, the "Serenissima", returns to Italy on 7 may after four months in Nassiriya.

16.42 Baquba. DEATH TOLL MOUNTS. The bombing of a police station in the al-Tahir quarter in Baquba killed at least six persons and wounded 11.

16.30 Baquba. 5 POLICE KILLED AND 8 WOUNDED. Guerrillas attack police station in Baquba.

14.12 Teheran. IRAN READY TO FINANCE RECONSTRUCTION OF SHRINE IN NAJAF. Iran is ready to finance reconstruction and repair work on the Shrine of Ali in Najaf.

13.09 Mossul. UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR KILLED IN MOSUL. Iman Abdul Moneam Younis was ambushed as she walked to her car in Mosul.

13.02 Najaf. SISTANI CALLS SUMMIT OF SHI'A CLERGY. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani held a summit of Shi'a clergy, the 'Marjaiya', this morning in Najaf.

13.01 Baiji. ONE EGYPTIAN KILLED AND ANOTHER WOUNDED. Jawadee Baker was killed and Nasser Jumaa wounded and taken hostage in Baiji, an oil center, 180 km north of Baghdad.

13.00 Teheran. KHATAMI, 'WITHOUT IRAN, THERE CAN BE NO PEACE IN IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST'. Without the participation of Iran there will be no peace or stability in Iraq or in the Middle East, says Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. Khatami emphasized that Teheran cannot be ignored in the peace process for the region and in the Middle East. Even the United States realizes that it can do nothing in Iraq of Afghanisant without Iran.

12.59 Baghdad. MORTAR ROUNDS KILL TWO CIVILIANS. Two civilians were killed by mortar fire in the eastern part of the city. They had been standing in front of the Iraqi Olympic Committee headquarters.

12.57 Kirkuk. TWO SECURITY GUARDS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH US TROOPS. Two security guards in Kirkuk were gravely wounded in a shoot-out with US troops.

12.56 Najaf. MARJAIYA REITERATES REJECTION OF ARMED STRUGGLE. The Marjaiya, the Shi'ite council of senior ayatollahs, repeated their rejection of armed struggle against the occupation.

12.52 Falluja. US AIRSTRIKE KILLS 5 DEAD AND INJURES 33. Victims include women and children as the US strikes the northeast quarter of al-Askari.


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