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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, November 27, 2004

27 November Events in Iraq

22:13 Kurdish parties agree to vote on 30 January.

19:35 Samarra: Two abushes, three are dead. An Iraqi truck driver transporting supplies for the US military was killed by gunshot near a US base. Two Iraqi national guardmen were killed near a highway checkpoint near Balad.

18:35 Chirac pleads for release of French hostages. Jacques Chirac, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, makes plea to kidnappers of reporters Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot for their release.

17:28 Baghdad. Blast kills three police. A roadside bomb in the Dora quarter of Baghdad kills three Iraqi police.

16:34 Elections: Saddam may vote but may not run for office. Abdel Hussein Alhindawi, Chairman of the Elections Commission, says in theory Saddam Hussein could vote on 30 January.

15:05 Nassiriya, 9 terrorists arrested. Nine suspected terrorists were arrested in Suq ash Shuyukh, 20 km from Nassiriya in a raid by Iraqi police.

14:39 Shi'ites, any delay in elections is inacceptable. A religious spokesman says Iraq's Shi'a population will not accept a postponement of the January elections.

14:19 Mossul: more corpses discovered. 17 mutiliated or beheaded bodies were found along remote mule paths near Mossul.

14:07 Fallujah, two marines killed.

13:36 Government rejects petition to postpone elections. Government spokesman Thaer al Naqib says there will be no change in election date.

13:33 Party of Prime Minister Allawi petitions for delayed elections. Iraqi National Accord was one the the petitioners for a new election date.

13:10 Guerrilla raids near Baquba. Guerrillas conducted three simultaneous raids targeting US forces and local troops in Khalis, near Baquba, north of Baghdad using RPGs and AK-47s. Targeted were a US base, a police station and a highway checkpoint. Three police were wounded along with several rebels.

11:33 Baquba: Son of Iraqi general kidnapped. The fifteen year-old son of Major General Ayad al Kurwi was ambushed and taken hostage by armed assailants while travelling by car to school.

11:20 Elections commission rejects petition. Elections Committee Chairman Abdel Hussein al-Hinduai says there will be no change in the scheduled election date.

10:40 Attack on armored bus on road to airport. A roadside bomb struck an armored minibus used for the transport of high ranking officials and businessmen on the Baghdad airport road. No victims reported.

08:18 Roadside bomb kills US soldier. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol near Duluiya, 90 km north of Baghdad. An armored vehicle was damaged.

08:05 Baghdad, downtown bombing kills two and wounds fifteen. At least two are dead and fifteen wounded in crowded Rasheed street. The intended target is unknown.

06:36 UN requests transparency in torture trials. The UN has requested more information from the United Kingdom on the trial of several UK soldiers charged with torture and prisoner abuse.


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