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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Saturday, January 15, 2005

January 15 Events in Iraq

23:55 Erbil. Seven dead in attack. CNN-Turkey reports a carbomb in Erbil targeting a building where Jalal Talabani and Masoud Barzani were meeting. Seven are known dead.

23:52 Kirkuk. One policeman dies. An Iraqi policeman was killed and four wounded in an attack by armed men on a checkpoint adjacent to a large US military installation.

23:49 Ft. Hood. Graner gets ten years. Spc Charles Graner received a dishonorable discharge and a sentence of ten years in prison after being found guilty of prisoner abuse and torture by a military tribunal.

23:01 Baghdad. Ansar al Sunna claims credit in kidnapping of Iraqi soldiers. Ansar al Sunna says it kidnapped 15 Iraqi troops yesterday in Baghdad. The soldiers were travelling aboard a bus to the al Assad US military base in al Anbar province when they were attacked and kidnapped by rebel commandos.

20:08 Samarra. Five Iraqi soldiers killed. Guerrillas attacked a checkpoint near Samarra killing four Iraqi soldiers. A fifth soldier was killed by mortar fire inside the city.

19:19 Baghdad. US soldier and Red Cross worker killed. In Geneva, the ICRC announced the death of an Iraqi employee, kidnapped on 13 January. The man, a father of four, worked as a driver for the Red Cross since July. His body was found abandoned west of Baghdad. Meanwhile a US soldier was killed in Babil Province

16:29 Kuwait. Security forces kill Saudi radical Islamist. A presumed radical Islamist was slain in a gunbattle south of Kuwait City. Two policemen were wounded.

15:32 Baghdad. Thirteen corpses recovered south of the capital. The bodies of twelve men and a young woman were found near Latifiya. All had been slain by gunshot. Meanwhile, this morning the bodies of a contractor and three employees who worked for a foreign company were found along a highway outside Kut, 60 km south of Baghdad. Police said that prior to the incident, they had received a death threat demanding that they cease working with foreigners.

14:19 Baghdad. Police station hit by mortar fire. Two persons were wounded when mortar rounds struck a police station near the Green Zone.

14:09 Lisbon. Portuguese government to withdraw troops on 12 February. Lisbon to withdraw 120 members of the Portuguese National Republican Guard stationed in Nassiriya.

11:44 Mosul. One US soldier killed and three wounded. Guerrillas attacked a US military convoy in Mosul, killing one US soldier and wounding three.


Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

I'm pleased that Graner got 10 - it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I do not want the issue to stop here, however. Graner and Lynndie England were a couple of miscreants acting on their own? Who does the echo chamber think they are fooling with that one?

Rummy should rot in prison in a cell next door to Graner. It's too bad that it'll never happen.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

Is the Portuguese withdrawal the withdrawal of their entire contingent or a partial withdrawal?

6:26 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Portuguese will pull out entirely.

9:55 PM  

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