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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Monday, January 10, 2005

January 10 Events in Iraq

London. British to deploy 400 extra troops for election security. Defence Minister Geoff Hoon has announced the deployment of 400 troops from the First Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers in Cyprus to south-east Iraq. This is 150 less than originally promised.

Fort Hood. Graner's defense team makes extraordinary mitigating claims on behalf of client. The prevalence of acrobatic pyramids, harnasses for toddlers and nudist beaches would mitigate the charges of abuse against former Abu Ghraib prison guard Charles Graner. Graner is being court-martialed and faces more an a 17-year prison term abuse, failure to protect prisoners from abuse, acts of cruelty, agression, indecency and obstruction of justice.

23:39 Basrah. Carbomb kills one and wounds 7. A carbomb targeted a building belonging to the Ministry of the Interior in downtown Basrah, killing at least 1 and wounding several. Simultaneously, a bomb targeted a police station in the Hamdan Abul Khassib District in the east of the city

16:12 Kiev. Ukrainian contingent to pull out in July. Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma has instructed the ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs to prepare plans for a pullout in July.

15:16 Baghdad. Plea to Sunni Ulema. French Ambassador to Iraq Bernard Bajolet has asked the Committe of Iraqi Ulema to help with negotiations to release a kidnapped French reporter. Committe spokesman Omar Ragheb has confirmed the willingness of his organization to assist.

14:49 Baghdad. Two US soldiers killed. Two US soldiers died when their Bradley armored vehicle ran over a mine south of Baghdad. Four others are wounded.

12:12 Paris: Kidnapped reporter. Libération Editor-in-Chief Antoine de Gaudemar says no one has claimed credit for the disappearance of its Baghdad correspondent and her driver. Both disappeared on their way to a press conference given by Iyad Allawi inside the Green Zone.

09:44 Baghdad. Terrorist arrested. Iraqi security forces arrested Saudi citizen Abdullah Hussein Ali, suspected of distributing terrorist literature and manufacturing bombs.

11:16 Sabotage shuts down oil refining. Rebel sabotage shuts down several refineries and pipelines supplying Iraq's power stations.

11:15 US Embassy rejects Ulema request. The US Embassy rejected a proposal from the Iraqi Committee of Sunni Ulema, who had requested a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq as a condition for Sunni participation in the 30 January elections.

09:35 Al Anbar, Marine is killed. A US marine was killed in al Anbar Province.

08:48 Kirkuk. Four civilians dead. Four civilian engineers were killed this morning near Kirkuk as they drove along a highway.

07:30 Baghdad. Deputy Police Chief killed. Brigadier Amer Nayef was shot dead along with his son, Lieutenant Khalid Amer, as the two left their home. Iraqi police are accused of collaboration with the US occupation.

07:29 Baghdad. Carbomb explodes, three dead. A carbomb struck a police station killing three and wounding several others. A suicide carbomber rammed his vehicle, a stolen police car crammed with explosives, into the building in the Zaafaraniya district. A column of smoke is seen rising from the area.


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