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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Friday, December 31, 2004

December 31 Events in Iraq

20:15 Baghdad. Allawi says bordering countries shelter rebels. They are sheltering actors involved in attacks on the Iraqi people. Our patience is about to run out. No one may be permitted to harm our country. We will now decide how to respond to this agression. Allawi did not explicitly cite any country by name.

17:28 Mossul. Four dead. An Iraqi guerrilla died during a clash with police in Mossul. US forces capture 15 rebels. In Baiji, two civilians were killed in the explosion of a carbomb. In the Province of Babylon, the bodies of two civilians were found.

16:35 Basrah. Bomb damages police car. A roadside bomb exploded damaging a police and wounding the driver. Four bystanders were injured.

15:28 Seoul. Korean Parliament extends mission. 3,600 South Korean troops deployed to Iraq will remain in the country another 13 months. The contingent operates in Erbil, Kurdistan.

14:18 Duluiyah. US troops raid 13 homes. US troops arrested 49 suspected rebels near Duluiyah, north of Baghdad and confiscated explosive material.

11:47 Baghdad. Election security arrangements. The Iraqi caretaker government to step up operations against rebels and to deploy 100,000 troops to polling stations.


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