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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

December 30 Events in Iraq

Samarra. Three National Guards killed in two separate incidents.

Baghdad. Five police were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad and Baquba.

Baquba. The son of a police official was kidnapped.

Baghdad. The Iraqi caretaker government announced the capture of Fadel Hussein Ahmed al-Kurdi and two other al Qaeda suspects. Al-Kurdi is also known as Abu Obeida al-Kurdi Agha Rida and is considered to be a lieutenant of al-Zarqawi. His brother, Omar Bazyai, was arrested by US forces in May 2004.

Paris. Investigation of the private mission led by French legislator Raoul Julia to free reporters held by insurgents reveals the involvement of Ivory Coast.

Paris. Loyalists to Saddam Hussein among kidnappers. In an interview with the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, French reporter Christian Chesnot says Ba'ath party loyalists are working with Islamic insurgents. Reporter Georges Malbrunot affirms he recognized the personal bodyguard of Abd al-Hmoud, Saddam Hussein's private secretary.

Amman. Regional conference scheduled for 6 January. Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki says Jordan is organizing a meeting of regional ministers to discuss the Iraq crisis and the 30 January elections. Iran is to participate in the conference.

Baghdad. Iraqi anti-occupation activists threaten harm to participants in next month's elections. We call upon faithful Muslims to refrain from taking part in this impious exercise which consists in the application of the infidel laws of the crusaders with the aim of replacing our great religion by secularism. The communiqué was signed by Ansar al-Sunna, the Islamic Army and the Army of the Mujahedeen. With the help of God, the long arm of the Muhahedeen will find all those who are slated for election and who vote, as well as poll workers.

21:56 Doura. Refinery on fire. Mortar fire was directed at the Doura Refinery outside Baghdad. The refinery was set ablaze.

20:42 Baghdad. Director of Chamber of Commerce kidnapped. Abboud al Tufaili, Director of the Iraqi Chamber of Commerce, was kidnapped by armed men near his office in downtown Baghad.

19:40 Mossul. Elections Commission resigns. Threats against commission members prompt resignations

15:44 Ten reported dead in clashes. Three people killed in Chorgat in a rebel abush. Two killed and three wounded in Baiji by a carbomb. Two rebels were killed by Iraqi police as they tried to force a checkpoint in Syniyah. An Iraqi policeman was killed in Samarra. A woman was killed by a roadside bomb in Balad.

15:43 Baghdad. Kidnapped Lebanese identified. Hassan Haider and Ghazi Haider, both construction contractors, were kidnapped in Baghdad yesterday.

07:04 Mossul. A US soldier wounded in yesterday's carbomb has died.


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