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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

2 November 2004 Events in Iraq

21:27 Baghdad. Kidnappers threaten to trade Margaret Hassan to Al Zarqawi. Al Jazeera reports that the kidnappers of Margaret Hassan may transfer their hostage to a group headed by Abu Musab Al Zarqawi.

20:27 Doha. New video showing Margaret Hassan but Al Jazeera does not broadcast it. Irish PM Bertie Ahern tells parliament that Al Jazeera declined to broadcast Margaret Hassan for humanitarian reasons.

19:39 Kirkuk. Sabotage halts Kirkuk oil exports. A series of acts of sabotage on pipeline has halted petroleum exports.

18:25 Ramadi. One dead, four wounded in Ramadi in clashes between US forces and insurgents.

18:09 Dublin. Plea from Irish capital for hostage Margaret Hassan. Irish PM Bertie Ahern pleads for release of Margaret Hassan.

15:52 Basrah. Police chief escapes assassination. Gen.Mohammed Kazem Al Ali escaped an assassination attempt which wounded three of his escort in Kout Al Hajaj.

15:38 Mosul. Al Zarqawi group claims credit for Mosul bombing. A group linked to al-Zarawi has claimed responsibility for a Mosul carbombing which killed two Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounded four others.

15:36 Baghdad. US solider wounded in carbombing. A US soldier was wounded along with 2 Iraqis in a carbombing which targeted a US patrol.

15:31 Baghdad. US denies kidnap of US soldier. US denies a report from Iraqi police that a US soldier was kidnapped last night in Samarra while on patrol.

14:21 Baghdad. Abu Ghraib carbombing. A car explodes near Abu Ghraib killing 4 Iraqi troops and wounding 2.

14:01 Baghdad. Beheading video. A group linked to Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi has issued a video showing the beheading of Shosei Koda.

13:46 Samarra. US soldier kidnapped while on patrol in Samarra.

12:52 Mosul.Two carbombings in city. Blast kills two Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounded 11.

12:45 Baghdad. At least six die in blast. Death toll rises to six in Ministry of Education bombing in the Aazamiyah quarter. At least 21 are wounded.

11:54 Kirkuk. Three oil pipelines near Kirkuk sabotaged.

10:00 Strasbourg. EU approves 30 million Euros in reconstruction aid to Iraq.

09:00 Amman. Saddam's family fires lead attorney. Saddam Hussein's wife and daughters fire lead defense attorney Jordanian Mohammed Rachdane.

08:51 Samarra. Member of Iraqi national guard killed.

08:37 Baghdad. Two Iraqi hostages released. Two hostages kidnapped from the offices of Saudi Arabian Trading and Contracting Company in the Mansur district have been released.

08:10 Baghdad. Five are dead in carbombing. Carbomb exploses in front of Ministry of Education.

08:03 Baghdad. Kidnapped Asian is Nepalese. An Asian reported kidnapped yesterday at the Saudi Arabian Trading and Contracting Company is a Nepalese national.

08:01 Fallujah. US airstrike on city. Hundreds of residents flee city. 65% of Fallujah's 250,000 residents are thought to have left the city.

07:59 Baghdad. Car explodes in front on the Ministry of Education.


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