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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, January 14, 2005

January 13 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. Committee of Iraqi Ulema says a Sunni imam was arrested by US troops.

Amman. Egyptian Prime Minister sees risk of civil war. Egyptian PM Ahmed Nazif warned of civil war in Iraq following a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Fayçal al-Fayez.

Damascus. Syria announces new border security measures. Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk el-Shareh says his country will increase border security.

22:11 Samarra. US doubles strength. The US military doubled the number of helicopters deployed to northern Iraq.

21:06 List of Hostages held by insurgents known to be alive.

Mohammed Rifat (Canada) 8 April
Wael Mamduh (Jordan) 12 April
Saad Saadun (Kuwait ) 5 June
Ali Ahmed Musa (Somalia) 29 July
Hostage name unknown (Jordan) 1 September #
4 hostages name unknown (Jordan) 5 September #
2 hostages name unknown (Asia) 13 September #
Khalifa al Breizat (Jordan) 14 September #
2 hostages name unknown (Turkey) 14 September
2 hostages name unknown (Syria) 16 September
1 hostages name unknown (Turkey) 9 October
2 hostages name unknown (Turkey) 14 October
Noureddin Zakaria (Sudan) 30 October
Roy Hallums (Usa) 1 November
Roberto Tarongoy (Philippines) 1 November
Radim Sadiq (Usa) 2 November
Ghazi Abu Hamzeh (Lebanon) 13 November #
Kahraman Sadikoglu (Turkey) 25 December
2 hostages name unknown (Turkey) 25 December
Hassan Haider (Lebanon) 29 December
Ghazi Haider (Lebanon) 29 December
2 hostages name unknown (South Korea) 9 January #
1 hostage name unknown (Turkey) 13 January #
Florence Aubenas (France) 13 January #
Sayed Abdel Khalek (Egypt) 13 January #
1 hostage name unknown (Turkey) 13 January

Kidnapped and killed
Fabrizio Quattrocchi (Italy) 14 April
Nick Berg (USA) 11 maggio
Hussein Ali Alyan (Lebanon) 12 June
Kim Sun-il (Corea del Sud) 22 June
Keith Matthew Maupin (USA) 28 June *
Georgi Lazov (Bulgaria) 13 July
Ivailo Kepov (Bulgaria) 22 July ****
Raja Azad Khan (Pakistan) 28 July
Sajjad Naim (Pakistan) 28 July
Murat Yuce (Turkey) 2 August **
Osman Alisan (Turkey) 5 August ***
Mohammed Mutawalli (Egypt) 10 August **
Enzo Baldoni (Italy) 26 August
12 hostages name unknown (Nepal) 31 August **
Nasser Juma (Egypt) 5 September
Durmus Kumdereli (Turkey) 13 September **
Eugene Armstrong (USA) 20 September **
Jack Hensley (USA) 21 September **
Akar Besir (Turkey) 21 September
Ajad Anwar Wali (Iraq/Italy) 2 October
Bareh Daud Ibrahim (Iraq) 2 October **
Yalmaz Dabja (Turkey) 2 October
Kenneth Bigley (UK) 7 October **
1 hostage name unknown (Turkey) 11 October **
Ramazan Elbu (Turkey) 14 October
Dalibor Lazarevski (Macedonia) 22 October ##
Dragan Markovic (Macedonia) 22 October ##
Zoran Naskovski (Macedonia) 22 October ##
Shosei Kyoda (Japan) 29 October
1 hostage name unknown (Jordan) 2 November
Margaret Hassan (UK) 16 November
Salvatore Santoro (Italy) 16 December **

# date kidnapping announced
## confirmed execution date
* Al Jazeera broadcast of video of the execution of a US soldier; unknown if it was Maupin
** Video shown on Internet
*** Confirmed by Turkish Embassy
**** identified August 11.

19:43 Kirkuk. Egyptian kidnapped. Petroleum engineer Sayed Abdel Khaleq was kidnapped by armed men wearing stolen army uniforms, reports Egyptian news agency MENA.

19:00 Baghdad. Allawi tells Iraqis electons will end violence.

18:43 Khan Beni Saad. Shi'ite mosque carbombed, 7 dead, 38 wounded. A booby trapped car was parked outside a mosque and exploded as worshipers exited the building following evening prayers in Khan Beni Saad, 45 km northeast of Baghdad.

17:59 Sofia. Poland to reduce troop numbers after elections. Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Smajdzinski says Poland will reduce troop strength from 2,500 to 1,700 following the elections during a visit to Bulgaria. Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Svinarov said his country would decide in March whether to keep its contingent of 480 men in south-central Iraq

17:40 Tbilisi. Georgia to triple troop strength. Georgia will send 550 troops to Baghdad in February. The current contingent is located in Baluba, 70 km north of Baghdad.

17:14 Mosul. Roadside bomb kills US soldier.

15:47 Baghdad. Al Zarqawi figure arrested. US troops arrested a Saudi national on 24 December thought to have connections to Abu Mussab al Zarqawi.

16:54 Rome. Italy recommends that reporters avoid Iraq. The Italian Foreign Ministry has issued a formal letter to Italian media outlets recommending that correspondents not be sent to Iraq.

14:36 Ramadi. Multimillion dollar bank robbery. Armed men held up a bank in Ramadi, getting away with $3.5 million.

13:38 Baquba. Provincial council member assassinated. Mouayad Sami, member of the Diyala provincial council, was assassinated in front of his home. Meanwhile a roadside bomb killed one policeman and woulded six other persons.

12:23 Najaf. Sistani collaborators assassinated. Two collaborators of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani were assassinated. Shaikh Halim al-Afghani was killed in Najaf and the other, Sheik Mahmud al-Madahini, was killed in Salman Pak south of Baghdad, together with his son and four bodyguards.

11:27 New York. White House blocks torture prohibition. The New York Times reports that the White House blocked the adoption of a law by the US Congress forbidding the CIA to use torture in the war on terror.

11:10 Baquba. Communist leader assassinated. Muayad Sami was assassinated in Bohruzm near Baquba, 60 km northeast of Baghdad.

10:17 Baghdad. Hotel raid kills 6. Six Iraqis were killed and a Turkish national kidnapped in a Baghdad hotel.

08:17 Kirkuk. US arrests 31 militants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog and thank you for putting my brother's name among the hostages. just a correction, my brother's name is Badri Ghazi Abu Hamzeh, and not Ghazi Abu Hamzeh. He is a Lebanese American but was never listed as a missing American. he went missing on Nov 6 2004, but by the time we learned about it it was Nov 13.I have been desperatley trying to find anything that will prove that he is a hostage and not simply disappeared because that will change the equation of the US government in looking for him.
thank you again,
a desperate sister,

7:45 AM  

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