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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Sunday, August 29, 2004

29 August 2004 Events in Iraq

19.00 Paris. CHIRAC DISPATCHES FOREIGN MINISTER TO MIDDLE EAST. French President Chirac has dispatched FM Michel Barnier to the Middle East to work towards release of French hostages.

18.00 Paris. FRANCE REDOUBLES ITS EFFORTS TO FREE JOURNALISTS. France has redoubled its efforts in the region to gain the release of its kidnapped journalists.

17.20 Doha. AL JAZEERA, TALKS BETWEEN SHI'A AND US END PREMATURELY. Talks between Shi'a tribal leaders, clerics and politicians and US representative end prematurely in Sadr City. Al Jazeera reports that radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has rejected a US demand to disarm.

15.28 Warsaw. POLAND, OPPOSITION LAUNCHES SIGNATURE DRIVE TO PULL OUT OF IRAQ. The Polish Agrarian Party, one of the largest opposition parties in the country, have launched a signature campaign to demande an immediate pullout of Iraq. Surveys say 70% of Polish voters are against the presence of Polish troops in Iraq.

15.12 Baghdad. IRAQI SALAFIST GROUP PLEA FOR RELEASE OF HOSTAGES. The Irchad wal-Fatwa has issued a plea for the release of two kidnapped French journalists. We ask the Islamic Army of Iraq to free the two French journalists in consideration of France's anti-war stance and in recognition of their reporting of the crimes committed daily by the Americans against the Iraqi people.

15,10 Baghdad. ALLAWI PLEDGES TO DISARM MAHDI ARMY. PM Iyad Allawi has pledged to disarm Shi'a militia members who do not surrender their weapons.

15.08 Baghdad. KIDNAPPED FRENCH JOURNALISTS: APPEAL FROM SUNNI AND WAHHABI GROUPS. This highest Sunni religious organization and a group of conservative Wahhabis issue plea for release of French reporters. A spokesman for the Council of Ulema, Sheik Abdul Sattar Abdul Jabbar says the wearing of the veil in French high schools is an internal French matter. The ultraconservative Wahhabi Irshad e al-Fatwa requests the immediate release of the journalists.

15,02 Baghdad. AL SADR SPOKESMAN: "WE WILL NOT DISSOLVE THE MAHDI ARMY. Sheikh Ahmad al-Shibani, spokesman for Al Sadr, says the agreement between al-Sadr and Ayatollah Ali Sistani does not provide for the dissolution of the Mahdi Army.


.13.30 Paris. DE VILLEPIN AND FRENCH MUSLIMS PLEA FOR RELEASE OF JOURNALISTS. French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin and the French Council of the Muslim Faith plea for release of journalists, saying that secular schools must be respected.

12:00 Najaf. INVESTIGATION OF SADR TRIBUNAL. PM Iyad Allawi alleges the 25 corpses found inside the shrine were the remains of Iraqis executed by an al-Sadr tribunal. Moqtada al-Sadr says the slain had been members of the Madhi Army.

11.37 Mossul. US TROOPS KILL TWO INSURGENTS After a violent encounter, US troops kill 2 insurgents and wounded 35 others. The clashes occurred in Tal Afar, near Mossul. Two US convoys came under guerrilla attack.

11.32 Basrah. ANOTHER PIPELINE SABOTAGED. Another pipeline was sabotaged in southern Iraq. The Iraqi Oil Company is attempting to put out the blaze.

11.00 Strasbourg. EUROPEAN UNION EXPLORATORY MISSION TO BAGHDAD. The Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot is in Baghdad at the head of an EU exploratory mission in talks with Iyad Allawi and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to discuss how the EU might shore up its support for the country.

10:38 Baghdad. CLASHES IN BAGHDAD AND US AIRSTRIKE ON FALLUJAH, 16 DEAD AND 46 WOUNDED. 10 Iraqis died and 26 were wounded in clashes between the Mahdi Army and US troops. In Fallujah, 6 are killed and 20 wounded in a US air strike.

10.35 Baghdad. COMMUNIQUE FROM ISLAMIC WEBSITE. The Abu Hafs al Masri Brigades announce that the Vatican will never be one of their targets.

10.19 Baghdad. TERRORISM: NEW THREATS TO ITALY, BUT THE VATICAN SPARED. A group linked to Al Qaeda has published threats to Italy on its website.

9.45 Paris. FRENCH MUSLIMS TENSE. The Imam of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Bubaker, says he fears attacks on the French Muslim community after kidnapping of journalists in Iraq.



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