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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Thursday, October 07, 2004

7 October 2004 Events in Iraq

01:22 Fallujah. Eight killed and 11 wounded in US airstrike.

21:45 New York. UN: Special Representative Returns to Baghdad: Special Envoy Ashraf Jehangir Qazi has returned to Baghdad to continue talks with Iraqi political leaders, says UN spokesman Fred Eckhard.

21:33 Baghdad. Allawi: Positive developments for British hostage. Premier Allawi says caretaker government is doing its best to gain the release of Ken Bigley. Bigley is a 62 year-old engineer kidnapped by a group headed by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

21:09 Washington. Kerry says Bush hides truth from American people despite CIA report.

19:50 Washington. Bush insists war justified despite CIA report.

19:15 Baghdad. No Italian journalists in hotel. No Italian journalists were registered at the two Baghdad hotels, the Sheraton and the Palestine, which came under rocket fire tonight.

18:49 Washington. CIA publishes list of people on Saddam payroll. The CIA has released a list of persons collaborating the UN 'Oil for Food' arrangement who received oil vouchers from Saddam Hussein in exchange for assistance in circumventing the UN embargo. The list is an appendix to the Duelfer report. The list included Megawati Sukarnoputri, Charles Pasqua and Vladimir Zirinovski.

18:12 Baghdad. Three blasts in downtown Baghdad. Hotel Sheraton is said to be on fire.

16:23 New York. Oil quoted at $53.00 per barrel.

15:00 Baghdad. A loud explosion rocked the Green Zone on Thursday afternoon and smoke was seen rising from inside the compound. The U.S. military had no immediate information on the incident. Insurgents regularly fire at the compound

14:48 Beijii. A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and an Iraqi interpreter wounded when insurgents attacked a patrol with a roadside bomb near Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.

11:00 Paris. French PM requests debriefing with foreign minister. Didier Julia has formally requested an interview with French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier concerning his mission to Iraq.

10:00 Latifiyah. US assault on Sunni Triangle continues. US and Iraqi forces continue to put pressure on the cities Mahmoudiyah, Latifiyah et Youssoufiyah, inside the Sunni triangle.

09:50 London. British airman to be disciplined. The British justice system has authorized the Royal Air Force (RAF) to sanction a Muslim airman, Mohisin Khan, who has refused to accept deployment to Iraq because of his religious faith. Mohisin Khan, 25, born in Ipswich (Suffolk) did not report for duty during the period 24 February to 5 March 2003. He was subsequently arrested by RAF MPs and ordered to forfeit 9 days salary.

09:00 Baghdad. Sheik Abdel Hadi Darraji says al-Sadr ready to initial peace deal for Sadr City.

08:45 Baghdad. Al-Sadr collaborator released. Sadr aide Sheikh Moayed al-Khazraji has been released by the Americans.

08:30 New York. Oil hits record high of $52.24

08:15 Al-Rumaythah. Dutch convoy hit by roadside bomb and one soldier is wounded.

08:00 Berlin. Germany fears Iraqi civil war. August Hanning, head of the German intelligence agency BND, fears that Iraq will sink into chaos and civil war is order is not restored soon.

07:52 Najaf. Sistani invites all Shiites to participate in elections. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has instructed his followers to vote in the January elections says SCIRI spokesman Abu Hadi al-Kaabi. Iraqis know their vote will have an impact on this generation and those to come.

07:45 Ankara. Turkey warns that peace may be derailed in Kurdistan. Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul says Kirkuk must remain a multi-ethnic city and that attempts by Kurds to reclaim the city and its oilfields should be resisted.

07:30 Fallujah. One U.S. soldier from the 13th Corps Support Command died when a bomb exploded near his convoy outside the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah. Two other soldiers were wounded.


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