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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, October 17, 2004

17 Ocrober 2004 Events in Iraq

23:47 Baghdad. Seven die in front of snackbar. A carbomb exploded in front of a Baghdad snackbar frequented by police not far from the Australian Embassy.

22:41 Baghdad. Blast in snackbar. A bomb went off in a snackbar frequented by police. The bar was full at the time with police taking an evening Ramadan meal. Casualties reported.

22:05 Baghdad. Zarqawi group announces death of one of its leaders. Tawhid wal Jihad has released a communique saying, Commander and mujaheddin Abu Hafs al Libi fell on the field of battle today while serving with the heroes of Fallujah.

19:25 Baghdad. Al Zarqawi announces alliance with Al Qaeda

17:33 Baghdad. Two die in Sadr City attack. Two civiians were killed in a mortar attack on a weapons collection center in Sadr City.

15:57 Samarra. Body found in Tigris. The body of an Iraqi truck driver was pulled out of the Tigris today. The man had been shot in the head. His rig was recovered along the highway between Samarra and Baghdad and was transporting supplies to US troops.

15:56 Rome. Italian Red Cross contingent may leave Iraq if funding withheld. Maurizio Scelli tells government that the Red Cross contingent requires at least 1 million euros to continue.

14:46 Baghdad. Mortar fire in Sadr City: three dead. Mortar rounds landed in the Sinàa Club soccer stadium where Sadr militiamen were surrendering weapons killing three and wounding nine.

14:12 Latifiya. Nine Iraqi police killed in ambush. Nine police travelling in a passenger van were ambushed between Latifiya and Yusufiya, 35 km southwest of Baghdad. They were Karbala police returning form a training session in Jordan.

13:07 Ramadi. Rockets fired at US convoy. One vehicle was hit and set ablaze. Meanwhile insurgents in Ruba on the Jordanian border blew up the city council chambers.

12:50 Baghdad. Mortar rounds fired at hotel. Two mortar rounds were fired at the Hamra hotel frequented foreign journalists and businessmen.

12:44 Fallujah. US warplanes bombed Fallujah again as US troops reinforce thier positions. Ambulances are unable to get to the scene to assist the wounded.

12:18 Baghdad. Mortar round hits weaspons collection center in Sadr City.

12:17 Rome. Padre Benjamin: "French Reporters are free". Christian Chesnot of Radio France and Georges Malbrunot of the French daily Le Figaro are alive and working with the consent of the insurgents. They are shooting a film to show what is really going on in Iraq, says Father Jean-Marie Benjamin, Secretary of the Beato Angelico di Assisi foundation.

12:12 Fallujah. 1000 US troops encircle city. US warplanes struck the al-Sinaai, al-Juhaivi and al-Askari quarters of Fallujah this morning.

11:38 New York. Annan: "The war has not made us safer" Kofi Annan says that ongoing violence proves the world is not a safer place since the invasion of Iraq.

11:37 Basrah. One Coalition employee was wounded as a roadside bomb exploded on the highway outside Basrah.

11:20 Baghdad. US helicopters downed: Two are killed. Two US helicopters collided yesterday over southwest Baghdad. Two soldiers being transported were killed and at least two others wounded.

10:17 Najaf. Sadr's office reopens.

09:57 Baquba. Iraq soldier killed. An Iraqi police officer was killed by RPG fire.

09:54 Rome. Frattini: "We have a phased plan." Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on a visit to Washington says he has a phased plan for Iraq in which elections will take place, followed by an international peacekeeping mission.

09:52 Fallujah. US Offensive continues.


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