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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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 30, 2004

30 November Events in Iraq

Seven people were wounded in Baquba when a mortar round hit a residence.

In Latifiyah, south of Baghdad, the bodies of two Iraqi civilians, shot through the head, were found alongside a pipeline.

Shi'ites prepare mega-slate to receive benediction of Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The slate of Shi'ite candidates, numbering more than 200, is in the final stages, says Badr Abdel Hussein Abtane.

Abu Ghraib : German lawyers prepare to sue Rumsfeld, Tenet and Sanchez. A Berlin lawyers' collective has announced that it will take Donald Rumsfeld and other officials to court for war crimes involving detention practices and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison.

19:00 Oil pipeline sabotaged. An oil pipeline connecting the Dora refinery with the Musayyib power generation station, 80 km southeast of Baghdad, was sabotaged by rebels. The explosion caused a power blackout in Babylon Province.

17:15 Ferry overturns. A ferry used on the Tigris River in Kurdisan sank. Death toll is expected to climb to 40.

16:33 Five US soldiers wounded. Five US soldiers were wounded in a carbombing west of Baghdad on the airport road.

15:30 Ferry overturns. Five persons were drowned and another 27 missing after a ferry overturned on the Tigris River where a strong current was running. On board were 44 Kurdish laborers entering Iraq from Turkey following reopening of the border. 12 people managed to swim ashore.

10:31 Allawi to visit Moscow. Iyad Allawi will be in Moscow on 6 and 7 December on an official visit. Joining Allawi will be the ministers of Oil, Energy, Health, Communications and Economic Planning and the Deputy Minister of Defense.

08:54 Carbombing in Baiji. Four civilians were killed and two US soldiers wounded when a carbomb targeted a US convoy in Baiji.

06:40 US soldier dies in northern Iraq. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb near the town of Alazu.

03:53 Fallujah: hundreds of homemade bombs found. US troops found 750 remotely detonated homemade bombs in Fallujah over the last three weeks.


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