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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

14 September 2004 Events in Iraq

21:12 Baghdad. Two powerful explosions in Green Zone. Incoming mortar fire.

21:01 Baghdad. Kidnapped French reporters: Kidnappers accuse France of being enemy of Islam.

19:46 Baghdad. Turkish interpreter Aytullah Gezmen, kidnapped in July, was released after Ankara condemns US action in Tel Afar.

19:26 Doha. Algerian radical Islamist goes on hunger strike in bid to free Italian hostages. Abassi Madani, in exile in Qatar, begins hunger strike.

19:24 Brussels. US demands that NATO train Iraqi troops. US Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns pressures NATO to implement "irreversible" decision to train Iraqi troops.

19:10 Basrah. Four kidnapped Iraqi police released in Basrah. Al-Sadr intervenes to demand release.

19:06 Washington. Bush: "Despite violence, Allawi has a solid grip on power". US President George W. Bush insists elections will be held in January and that Allawi's caretaker government is strong.

18:40 Doha. Qatar has no information on identity of kidnappers. Qatari Foreign Minister Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Mahaoud tells Italian FM Franco Frattini that Doha has no information on kidnappers of Italian hostages.

18:24 Baghdad. Al Yawar confirms, "Elections in January". Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawar says elections will be held in January--unless the United Nations says it's impossible to hold them.

18:18 Kirkuk. Two Turkish truckdrivers kidnapped near city.

18:06 Rome. Frattini: "With the 2005 elections, Iraq will belong to the Iraqis". Italian FM Franco Frattini says violence in Iraq will cease when new government is elected in January.

18:05 Baghdad. Al Yawar: Strasburg visit skipped because of absence of Romano Prodi. Rift with France not the reason Ghazi al-Yawar cancelled visit to EU parliament [so he says...--Nur]

17:29 Ramadi. 10 Iraqis killed. Ten are killed and twenty-two wounded in battles between US troops and guerrillas as a US convoy attempts to enter the town. US troops destroy shops.

15:22 Doha. Al Jazeera: Jordanian truckdriver kidnapped. Usud Al Tawhid (The Lions of the One and Only God) have kidnapped a fueltruck driver.

14:00 Baghdad. Al-Zarqawi claims responsibility for bombings in Baghdad and Baquba.

13:56 Mosul. US soldier killed. A US soldier is killed and five others wounded in a guerrilla raid in Mossul.

13:48 Hilla. Three "collaborators" assassinated. Three Iraqi collaborators with the US are killed as they drive through Alexandria, near Hilla.

13:01 Baghda. Another blast is heard.

12:24 Rome. Berlusconi: "I refuse to talk about Iraq" Berlusconi refuses to discuss Iraq with journalists.

12:04 Baghdad. Carbomb, 47 dead. Casualty toll climbs to 47 dead and 114 wounded in this morning's carbombing in Haifa Street.

11:47 Baquba. 12 Iraqi police were killed and one civilian is wounded in an attack on a police van in Baquba. Guerrillas closed off street in the Tahrir quarter and ambushed the van. The officers were all Kurdish from the village of Qanaquin and had returned to Iraq after completing training in Jordan.

10:53 Baghdad. Carbomb, death toll stands at 39.

10:18 Baghdad. Carbomb explodes in market square.

09:40 Beiji. Pipeline sabotaged.

09:24 Baghdad. 35 dead in carbombing in the capital.

09:14 Baghdad. Carbombing death toll rises.

09:03 Baghdad. Carbomb kills at least 10.

08:55 Baghdad. Power blackout in capital.

08:37 Baghdad. Carbomb explodes in front of police station on the west bank of the Tigris.

07:45 Baghdad. Two US soldiers killed in capital.


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