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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, September 25, 2004

25 September 2004 Events in Iraq

22:37 Fallujah. Women and children die in airstrikes. Hospital spokesperson says several women and children are dead or wounded in Fallujah airstrike. US military says it had discovered a Tawhid al-Jihad meeting place.

21:58 Falllujah. Deathtoll rises. Hospital sources says seven are dead and 11 wounded following US airstrike on Fallujah.

21:14 Fallujah. Airstrike on Fallujah : 3 dead, 11 wounded.

21:12 Rome. Italian hostage crisis in "delicate" stage. Simona Pari and Simona Torretta are still held hostage in Iraq, say Italian intelligence officials.

20:51 Fallujah. New US airstrikes. US bombs the al-Julan residential quarter.

20:25 Baghdad. US soldier sentenced for murder. A US soldier gets 30 years in prison for the murder of a 30-year old Iraqi National Guardsman in a US base in Ad Dawr.

19:44 Baghdad. Powerful explosion.

19:06 Baghdad. Swedish national released. A Swedish citizen of Iraqi origin, Abbas Ridha, has been released by kidnappers.

19:01 London. Blair: "For Bigley we shall do everything." Britian will do everything possible to free Kenneth Bigley" says Britain's Sky News.

18:51 Baghdad. Bigley executed. At 19:18 local time in Iraq, Ken Bigley is executed.

18:36 Cairo. Muslim Brotherhood pleads for release of Egyptian hostages. Mohamed Mahdi Akef, spokesman for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, pleads for release of fellow citizens kidnapped in Iraq.

16:59 Baghdad. Bounty placed on Italians and Americans. Boston Globe reporter Steve Casteel says bounties are being offered by insurgents for Italian and US citizens in Iraq.

16:34 Baghdad. Court martial for female Abu Ghraib prison guard. Lynndie England, eight months' pregnant, will be court-martialed for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. England is 21 years old.

16:31 Kuwait City. Italian ambassador says hostages are alive. Italian Ambassador to Kuwait, Vincenzo Prati, says Italian hostages are alive.

16:04 Washington. Bush, "Our problems are caused by brutal insurgents. US President George W. Bush says insurgents are the source of all problems in Iraq in his Saturday address.

15:05 Baghdad. New escalaton: 20 dead in a matter of hours. Twenty are dead including 5 Americans in clashes in Iraq.

14:39 Baghdad. US soldier killed by mine. A US soldier was killed by a roadside mine near Baghdad.

14:26 Cairo. Egypt pleads for hostage release.

13:00 London. UK denies capture of British soldiers.

12:08 Baghdad. Raid on Baghdad mosque. US forces attack the Sunni Ibn Taymia Mosque claiming hidden arms inside. Nothing was found. Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaei declares action a provocation.

12:01 London. Website is unreliable. UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw says '', is not to be taken seriously.

11:45 Baghdad. British hostage executed. The internet website "" issues communique saying Kenneth Bigley has been executed.

11:42 Baghdad. Oil Ministry attacked. Mortars and RPGs hit Iraqi Oil Ministry in Baghdad.

09:32 Baghdad. Seven Iraqi National Guard volunteers killed. Commando attacks a car carrying National Guard recruits

09:27 Baghdad. Three marines killed in seperate incidents west of Baghdad.

08:34 Baquba. Iraqi official assassinated. An Iraqi police captain was killed in Baquba while travelling in a taxi. The driver was seriously wounded.

07:51 Fallujah. US airstrike on Fallujah; woman and children killed. US airstrikes hit the Dhubat residential quarter of Fallujah.


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