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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

November 23 Events in Iraq

In the one real South Vietnamese election held in 1967, Thieu got less than 40% of the vote and the leading peace candidate came in second.

The United States essentially blasted South Vietnamese civilians out of the countryside into cities after having rained down upon them 7 million tons of artilley rounds and 4 million tons of bombs

Other News
Iraqi Defense Minister calls al-Jazeerah, "The Terrorism Channel."

Several Kuwaits attempt to enter Iraq illegally. Syria has arrested and deported five Kuwaitis attempting enter Iraq illegally over the last few months.

20:22 UK nationals kill Iraqi national guardsmen. Two Britains mistakenly killed two Iraqi national guardsmen assigned to the Interior Ministry who fired on their vehicle.

20:05 Too much snow in January: Kurds request election delay. Massud Barzani's Kurdish Democratic Party has requested a postponement of the Iraqi scheduled for 30 January due to expected heavy snowfall at that time of year.

18:51 Red Crescent asked to recover remains of Anwar Wali. Two Italian NGOs request Red Crescent to recover remains of slain Italo-Iraqi hostage Ayad Anwar Wali.

18:23 UN alarmed by fleeing refugees from Ramadi. UNHCR has expressed concern over the recent news that more than 1000 refugess have fled the Al Tash refugee camp near Ramadi for the Jordanian border.

17:42 Baghdad Patriarch expects concrete action following Sharm al Sheik conference. Baghdad Patriarch Emanuel III Delly hopes peace, security and reconciliation will follow Sharm al Sheik conference.

15:58 Mortars strike Samarra, five dead, including three children. Mortar round hits residence killing 5 and wounding 8 others. The intended target was a US checkpoint.

15:49 Carbomb in Baghdad, 3 dead. Three Iraqis, including one police officer, were killed and thirteen wounded when a carbomb went off near the Zayyouna police station in Palestine Street.

15:42 Kharrazi, all Iraqis should vote. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi encourages Iraqis of all faiths and ethnicities to vote in January election.

15:32 Arab League pleads for cease-fire. Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa pleads for a cease-fire and a reconciliation summit in Iraq before January 30 elections.

15:18 New US offensive in Sunni Triangle. US forces have arrested 32 presumed rebels 80 km south of Baghdad.

15:05 Fini says international community backs Allawi. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini says world backs Allawi following Sharm al Sheik conference.

14:45 Sharm, international conference ends. The Sharm al Sheik conference on Iraq concluded with the adoption of a closing declaration based on UN Security Council Resolution 1546. The resolution supports the transition process and calls for national reconciliation.

14:36 Fini, Italy will not increase troop levels. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini says no additional Italian troops will be sent to Iraq.

13:59 Sharm, closing declaration adopted, says Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abul Gheit.

13:58 Powell: No one has asked for election postponement. Powell says no delegation has expressed the opinion that the Iraqi elections should be postponed.

13:30 Zebari: Conference has demonstrated international support. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiar Zebari says conference confirms willingness of international community to assist Iraq.

13:06 New American offensive in Babylon Province.

12:30 Conference unanimous on 30 January date for elections.

11:59 Iraqi Foreign Minister: More troops required for election security. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiar Zebari asks international community to do its part in guaranteeing Iraqi election security.

11:46 Fini: Defeating terrorism is possible. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini believes terrorism may be defeated with the will of the international community.

11:31 US General: "Al Zarqawi may be hiding near Kirkuk". US general Loid Mayers, US commander in Kirkuk, believe al Zarqawi is hiding nearby.

11:02 Fini: Italian troops to remain in Iraq. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini says Italian troops will remain in Iraqi as long as the Iraqi government requests them.

10:54 Sharm, some countries favor election postponement. While Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faysal insists elections must be held on 30 January, Al Jazeera reports that Egypt, Jordan, and the Arab League prefer a postponement.

10:16 Egyptian Foreign Minister: "Iraq crisis linked to Palestine". Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abul Gheit says the Iraq crisis may not be solved independently of the Palestinian problem.

09:48 Baquba, Sunni cleric assassinated. Sunni Cleric Taleb Latif Ali, member of the committe of Iraqi Ulema, was assassinated near Baquba.

09:42 Fini, January election to be historic. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini says the 30 January election is "an historic appointment with the international community.

09:23 Conference on Iraq begins work. Sharm El Sheikh meeting begins.

09:17 Iran: "Countries neighboring Iraq will spare no effort." Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi is reported as saying, "A secure and stabile Iraq is in the interests of every country in the region. More than anything, another approach must be found to offset the negative consequences of errors committed by the United States and their allies, who failed in bringing peace and stability to Iraq. "

09:15 Colin Powell meets with Syrian foreign minister. Colin Powell met Syrian Foreign Minister Faruk Sharah today in Sharm el Sheikh.

08:09 Baquba, member of Committe of Iraqi Ulema assassinated.


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