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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

15 September 2004 Events in Iraq

00:08 Baghdad. Two Canadians killed in yesterday's carbombing. Two Canadian citizens were among the 47 victims of yesterday's carbombing: Andrew Shmakov, a contractor, and Munir Toma, a friend.

21:36 Nassiryia. Italians find weapons cache, arrest 15 suspects.

20:56 Al-Anbar. Marine killed in al-Anbar Province

19:32 Baghdad. 300 Iraqi prisoners released from Abu Ghraib by US forces.

17:06 Algiers. Algerian NGOs plead for liberation of Italian hostages. 45 Algerian NGOs call for unconditional release of Italian hostages Simona Torretta and Simona Pari.

16:28 Rome. Frattini: "The US had heard our message". Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini tells US that civilian lives must be spared.

14:48 Baquba. Homemade bomb detonates in Baquba, 4 police officers killed. A homemade roadside bomb kills 4 Iraqi police.

14:40 Baghdad. Ulema Committee: "We never spoke of hostage release in 48 hours. A spokesman for the Sunni Ulema in Iraq says "someone is playing with the fate of the Italian hostages."

14:17 Rome. Center for the Study of Terrorism: "NGOs are viewed as intelligence-gathering institutions" Italian terrorism expert Maurizio Calvi says NGOs may be viewed as propagandists for the West and observers for Western intelligence services.

13:37 Al-Anbar. Marine killed in Al Anbar province.

12:19 Balad. Decapitated victims executed 5 days ago. A doctor in Balad says discovered corpses are 5 days old.

11:53 Balad. Decapitated victims are likely Iraqi Arabs. Three decapitated corpses discovered in Dujail, 60 km a nord of Baghdad, are not Westerners.

11:49 Baghdad. Car bomb south of Bagdad, two dead. Two are dead and ten are wounded in detonation of car bomb in Essaouira, 40 km south of Bagdad.

11:43 Baghdad. Abu Ghraib, 750 prisoners released. US forces release 750 of more than 2,000 Iraqi prisoners incarcerated in Abu Ghraib.

11:27 Baghdad. Three corpses discovered. Three bodies wrapped in plastic with Arabic and Turkish tatoos are discovered north of Baghdad

11:23 Rome. D'Alema: "Stop the bombing". Italian politician Massimo D'Alema demands an end to bombing of Iraqi cities and towns.

11:22 Ramadi Clashes in Ramadi: casualties reported. Ten are dead and six are wounded in battles between US troops and insurgents.

11:03 Baghdad. Jordanian company quits Iraq. A Jordanian transportation firm ceases business in Iraq following the kidnapping of one of its employees.

10:12 Baghdad. Street protests supporting Italian hostages. Approximately one hundred men, women and children march from Paradise Plaza to the Palestine Hotel to protest kidnapping of Italian hostages.

10:11 Canberra. Australia dispatches investigation team. Canberra sends a team to investigate the kidnapping of two Australian security guards in Samarra.


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