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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Thursday, September 02, 2004

2 September 2004 Events in Iraq

22.17 Paris. RAFFARIN SUGGESTS CAUTION French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has instructed the government to act with prudence while release of hostages is unconfirmed.

22.07 Doha. AL JAZEERA: "ALIVE AND WELL". Al Jazeera has reported that the French reporters Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot are alive and well and receiving adequate treatment.

21.58 Paris. FRENCH MINISTER CONFIRMS THAT HOSTAGE ARE RELEASED TO A THIRD PARTY. French Culture and Communications Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres confirms that the French hostages have been turned over to a third group favorable to their release.

21.36 Paris PUBLISHER OF LE FIGARO OPTIMISTIC. Jean De Belot is optimistic on release of French hostages.

21.27 Paris. FRENCH HOSTAGES HANDED OVER TO THIRD PARTY. Publisher of the French national daily Le Figaro, Jean De Belot, says the hostages have been turned over to an intermediary.

20.50 Kirkuk. PIPELINE BURNS. At least two days will be required to put out the pipeline fire outside Kirkuk.

20.38 Baghdad. RECOVERY OF REMAINS. The Red Cross is working towards the release of the remains of Enzo Baldoni.

20.35 Baghdad. EXECUTION. The execution of Enzo Baldoni has confirmed the offensive capabilities of the Islamic Army, say Italian intelligence services.

19.15 Paris. FRENCH TV REPORTS THAT RELEASE IS NEAR. French TV network LCI reports that the French hostages have been release to a group serving as intermediary.

18.30 Rome. CIAMPI, CIVIL SOCIETY OFFENDED BY VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND IN RUSSIA. Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi says the civilized world is offended by insurgent violence. [Where was he when Iraq was about to be invaded?—Nur]

18.25 Rome. CIAMPI, MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN EUROPE AND ISLAM IS POSSIBLE. –Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi says peaceful coexistence is possible.

17.27 Baghdad. FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN BAGHDAD: "HOSTAGES ARE OKAY". French Ambassador to Iraq Bernard Bajolet says hostages are alive and well.

17.01 Kirkuk. PIPELINE SABOTAGED OUTSIDE KIRKUK. The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline is once again ablaze.

16.48 Baghdad. CONTACTS FOR RECOVERY OF REMAINS. The Italian Foreign Ministry says contacts continue to be made for the return of the remains of reporter Enzo Baldoni.

15.54 Baghdad. THREE MACEDONIANS KIDNAPPED. Three employees of a US construction company were kidnapped by insurgents in Baghdad. The Macedonians, kidnapped 9 days ago, were part of a 40-man team recruited in northwest Macedonia to work for the US construction company, "Soufan Engineering".

15.49 Bethlehem. TWO PALESTINIANS OFFER THEMSELVES IN PRISONER EXCHANGE. Two Palestinians of Bethlehem, Dia Milhim and Nabil Hatib, have offered to go to Iraq as hostages in exchange for the release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot.

14.41 Baghdad. FRENCH DELEGATION OPTIMISTIC. A delegation from the French Council of the Islamic in Baghdad say they are optimistic about release of French hostages.

13.21 Doha. AL JAZEERA RECEIVES VIDEO OF EXECUTION OF TURKISH HOSTAGE. Al-Jazeera says it has received a tape showing the execution of one Turkish hostage.

12.46 Baghdad. NO NEWS OF IRAQI BUSINESSMAN WITH ITALIAN RESIDENCY. There has been no news concerning the fate of businessman Ajad Anwar Wali, 48, who has residency in Castelfranco Veneto (Province of Treviso).

12.27 Doha. AL JAZEERA: "THREE TURKISH HOSTAGES EXECUTED". Al Jazeera says the group 'Al Tawhuid Al Jihad" headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has executed three Turkish hostages.

11.58 Fallujah. US AIRSTRIKE ON FALLUJAH, DEATH TOLL RISES TO 20. The US launched a nighttime air strike on Fallujah in which two buildings were destroyed and 20 killed. Another six Iraqis are wounded.

11.42 Baghdad. IRAQI PREMIER CRITICIZES CHIRAC. Iyad Allawi criticizes Chirac and blames the French hostage crisis on France's "refusal to participate in the re-establishment of security of Iraq." [Is that not the cheapest shot in the history of international relations?--Nur]

11.22 Baghdad. FRENCH MUSLIMS MEET WITH ULEMA. A French delegation of Muslims met with the Baghdad Ulema today in the hopes of freeing the French hostages. "We do not want to leave with empty hands," Abdallah Zekri, a delegate from the southwest of France.

11.12 Baghdad. IRAQ, BODIES OF TURKISH TRUCK DRIVERS FOUND NORTH OF BAGHDAD. The bodies of two Turkish truck drivers were found this morning in Jalsiya, a village 90 km from Baghdad. A third unidentified body was found nearby.

10.40 Paris. LE FIGARO EDITOR SAYS JOURNALISTS ALIVE The Editor-in-Chief of the French daily Le Figaro, Jean de Belot, says French authorities are nearly certain that as of yesterday, the French hostages were still alive.

10.31 Baghdad. CHAIRMAN OF THE ULEMA: "KILLED AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BE MUTILATED". The chairman of the Union of Muslim Ulema, Sheikh Yusef Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar, has issued a fatwa permitting the killing of Americans but not the mutilation of their corpses.

9.50 Baghdad. SHOTS FIRED AT CZECH AMBASSADOR. Thirty gunshots were fired at the Czech ambassador's car yesterday. The Ambassador was not traveling in the vehicle at the time.

9.43 Baghdad. WEBSITE MESSAGE: HONOR ULTIMATUM OR REPORTERS WILL BE KILLED. Islamic website publishes alleged statement by kidnappers.

9.12 Katmandu NEPAL, KATMANDU CURFEW SUSPENDED. The Nepalese authorities suspended the current curfew for 3 1/2 hours today.

08.25 Baghdad. ISLAMIC DELEGATION FROM FRANCE IN BAGHDAD. After a brief stopover in Amman to meet with French FM Michel Barnier, a French delegation of Muslims has arrived in Baghdad to seek the release of the French hostages.

7.58 Fallujah. US AIRSTRIKE KILLS 17. The US launched an air strike last night at 23:45 on the Jebel residential quarter of Fallujah, killing 17 Iraqis.

07.10 Katmandu. NEPAL, RIOTS IN AFTERMATH OF MASSACRE OF WORKERS IN IRAQ. Two are dead in Katmandu as thousands of demonstrators go on rampage.



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