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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, October 23, 2004

23 October 2004 Events in Iraq

17:45 Samawa. Artillery shell lands in Japanese camp. An artillery shell was discovered unexploded inside the Japanese camp in Samawa, in southern Iraq. The shell did not explode because it was missing the detonator.

17:10 Al Asad. Carbomb death toll mounts. 16 are dead and 40 wounded in the carbombing of a police academy near the American base of al-Asad, 180 km northwest of Baghdad. Recruits were standing outside the building, waiting for a training course to start.

17:00 Baghdad. Sadr city, insurgents turn in weapons and ammunition. 18,000 weapons and ammunition have been turned under the Sadr City weapons collection program, says deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh.

16:32 Mossul. Beheading on web. Ansar-Al-Sunna says it captured a young airport employee, Seif Adnan Kanaan, thought to be spying for the Americans in Mossul. A video was made of the execution. The victim's head was removed and placed atop the prone corpse.

15:23 Arbil. Police chief assassinated. Col. Taha Ahmad Omar was assassinated by unknown gunmen as he left a mosque after dawn prayers.

14:03 Rome. Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino mum. Martino refused to comment on an Italian Justice Ministry investigation into the recruitment of mercenaries in Italy. Judge Giuseppe De Benedictis has determined that the four Italian men kidnapped in Iraq were employed as mercenaries.

13:03 Baghdad. Guerrillas fired mortar rounded into Karrada Street in downtown Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding another. The victims were found by a telephone company repairman.

12:54 Baghdad. Pipeline is sabotaged. Saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline carrying oil to Baghdad's Dora refinery. The blast and the ensuing blaze destroyed 500 ft of the pipeline near Khana. A second device was discovered unexploded.

12:48 Mossul. Two Turkish truck drivers are killed. Gunman opened fire on their rigs which were carrying cans of fruit juice to US troops in Mossul.

12:45 Mossul. Mortar rounds fired at downtown. No injuries reported

11:49 Samarra. 4 dead in checkpoint bombing. A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint in the village of Ishaqi, near Samarra. Four Iraqi national guardsmen were killed and 6 were wounded.

11:41 Baghdad. Bar Association in Baghdad bombed. A Katiuscia rocket scored a direct hit on the the Baghdad Bar Association in west Baghdad without causing casualties.

11:40 Baghdad. Mortar rounds slam Baghdad. Mortar fire was directed a downtown Baghdad today near the Green Zone.

10:15 Ramadi. Death toll climbs. The death toll has risen to 10 in the suicide carbombing of a recruiting station and training center in Ramadi. The bomber drove his vehicle inside the building then detonated it, destroying the building.

10:00 Baghdad. Zarqawi collaborator arrested, according to US military command. However Iraqi sources deny the claim, saying that Hamid Fayad al-Jumayli, two of his sons and three friends were arrested and that they have no link to al-Zarqawi.

09:57 Baghdad. Humvee destroyed in bombing. A homemade bomb blew up an American Humvee on the road connecting Baghdad with the airport. 6 US troops were wounded.

09:56 Ramadi. Eight dead in carbombing.


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