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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, September 26, 2004

26 September 2004 Events in Iraq

21:34 Riyadh. Shootout between police and terrorists. Shooting has erupted in Riyad's Shifa quarter in Riyadh. No details as yet.

21:29 London. Paul Bigley: "I have been informed that my brother is alive". Paul Bigley, brother of hostage Kenneth Bigley, says he has information that his brother is alive.

20:00 London. Paul Bigley: "Something is about to happen". Paul BIgley has stated that "something is about to happen" having to do with his brother.

19:53 Baghdad. US authorities: Elections will happen in most of the country. General John Abizaid says most Iraqi voters will go to the polls in January.

19:11 London. "Bigley is alive". Islamist Yasser Al Serr, Director of the 'Islamic Observation Centre in the UK, says Bigley is alive.

18:53 Ramadi. Four dead in fighting between rebels and US troops.

17:53 Karachi. Wanted terrorist arrested. Pakistan says Daniel Pearl's assassin has been arrested.

17:07 London. Greek airliner makes emergency landing. Olymipic Airline flight from Athens to New York lands in Stansted escorted by RAF jet fighters.

16:56 Rome. Decapitation video. RAI News 24 (Italy) has received a videocassette showing the decapitation of a 50 year-old Westerner claimed to be a CIA agent.

16:42 Rome. Western hostage decapiated. RAI News 24 (Italy) has a video of a beheading.

15:50 Falllujah. Two carbombs in Fallujah. US and Iraqi soldiers are wounded.

15:20 Washington. Powell: "Insurrection is worsening"

13:42 London. Cat Stevens pleads for release of Bigley. Stevens asked Tawhid wa al Jihad to perform an acti of piety and demonstrate the justice and mercy taught by Islam.

13:06 London. Blair: Syria and Iran must patrol borders. Tony Blair warns Iraqi neighbors to stay out of Iraqi politics.

13:01 Baghdad. Controlled explosion in downtown area.

12:38 Latifiya. Ten dead in tanker truck attack. Ten people die in rebel attack on fuel convoy in Latifiya. At least 26 are wounded.

12:02 Fallujah. 15 die in US airstrike.

11:47 Dubai. Al-Arabia: Al-Zawahri claims credit in death of Frenchman. Ansar al Zawahri claims responsibiity for the shooting of a French diplomat in Jeddah in revenge for the death of Abu Anas al Shani, a leader of al-Tawhid wal jihad.

10:47 Riyadh: Killing of Frenchman a "terrorist act." The assassination of a French citizen in Jeddah is condemed as a terrorist attack by Riyadh. He worked for the Thomson company.

10:40 Cairo. Hostages: Egyptian firm pays ransom. The Egyptian telecommunications group Orascom will pay a ransom to release its employees.

10:33 Baghdada. Iraqi general arrested for links to rebels. General Taleb Abdelgaith al Lahibi was arrested by US forces on 23 September.

10:06 Baghdad. US missile hits commercial area. 1 dead. A US missile hits Karrada street, destroying 2 cars and wounded several passers-by.

09:00 Kuwait City. Italian hostages are well. Kuwaiti daily Al Rai al Aam, says Italian hostage are well but suffering psychologically.

08:13 Fallujah. Nth bombing of a Zarqawi hide-out: 8 dead. US airstrike kills 8 in Fallujah.


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