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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Friday, October 15, 2004

15 October 2004 Events in Iraq

01:35 Washington. KIA total stands at 1086.

23:03 Nassiriya. Threats from Islamic Army in Iraq. Insurgent group warns Italians in Iraq: Every soldier, every investor or official will end up dead.

20:32 London. US wants British to shift troops to Baghdad. Channel 4 (UK) says US wants a battalion of Black Watch deployed to Baghdad. The British Defence Ministry has categorically rejected any deployment to Najaf or to Fallujah.

20:29 New York. Oil quoted at $54.90 per barrel

17:33 Washington. Zarqawi group on US blacklist. Jama'at Tawhid wal Jihad gets on Washington's terror blacklist.

17:31 Baghdad. 10 dead in carbombing. Blast targets Iraqi police patrol killing four, leaving crater 18 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep. 4 workers in a nearby palm grove and 2 people in a passing car were also killed. An estimated 1500 pounds of explosive was used.

17:23 Kirkuk. British mercenary killed. An employee of ArmorGroup died from wounds received in a shootout near a power station south of Kirkuk

16:48 Baghdad. Two Syrians arrested. Two Syrian "terrorists" and an unspecified number of Iranians were arrested south of Baghdad in the town of Mahmudiyah in a sweep by US and Iraqi forces through the Lattifiya-Youssoufiya-Iskandariya region. Authorites claim they found three carbombs in the process of assembly.

15:30 Baghdad. US positions near Syrian border come under mortar fire. 82-mm shells fired at US troops from within Syria. Such incidents are on the increase.

15:26 Fallujah. US denies arrest of Fallujah negotiator. US denies that it has arrested Sheik Khaled Hamoud, a negotiator for Fallujah.

13:30 Fallujah. Fallujah mediator arrested. Iraqi police say US marines have arrested Khaled al-Jumaili, the Fallujah police chief and two city officials as they fled the city.

12:53 Latifiya. Leader of National Democratic Coalition assassinated. Kamal Al Yassiri, party organizer for south-central Iraq, was shot and killed as drove on a highway near Latifiya.

12:24 Mossul. Photographer killed in Mossul documented ambush of military convoy. Karam Hussein documented a convoy ambush before his death.

11:15 Budapest. Center-left leaders meet in Hungary: Zapatero blasts Blair. Spanish PM tells Blair war was an enormous miscalculation. Zapatero was supported in his remarks by Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.

11:15 Damascus. Massoud Barzani in Syria. PUK leader Massoud Barzani has arrived in Damascus to discuss a federal arrangement for Iraq, the status of Kirkuk and improvement of relations with Syria.

11:00 Baghdad. US spokesman in Baghdad says Saddam will not be tried in 2004, contradicting Premier Allawi, who had indicated trial would start in October.

10:45 Baghdad. One dead and 15 wounded in carbombing. Carbomb in Dora quarter of Baghdad targets police patrol

10:39 Mossul. Photographer killed. A photographer for the European news syndicate EPA was killed in Mossul. Karam Hussein was shot by four armed men outside his home.

10:05 Fallujah. US airstrike kills three and wounds seven.

10:00 Baghdad. Shi'a of Sadr City continue to surrender weapons on 5th day of amnesty.

09:50 Warsaw. Poland confirms pullout. Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka says his country will begin pulling out troops at the beginning of January. Its contingent is composed of 2500 men. 70% of Poles oppose the war which has cost the lives of 13 Polish military personnel and 4 civilians

09:11 Baghdad. Raid in north. Pakistanis and Afghans arrested. Iraqi border guards conduct house to house search of village on border with Iran, arresting 135 people. Kalashnikovs, grenade launchers and two thousand rounds of ammunition were confiscated.

07:57 Baghdad. US announces Fallujah operations. More than 1000 US troops plus tanks, cannon, helicopters and warplanes prepare for assault on Fallujah.


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