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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, February 10, 2005

February 10 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. The elections commission has begun a recount of the contents of 300 ballot boxes which is delaying publication of the final election results. Partial returns indicate that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani list is leading, following by the Kurds.

Baghdad. Oil pipeline sabotaged.

Baghdad. A representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was wounded by gunfire.

Baghdad. Moqtada Sadr says that the US military has arrested four of his lieutenants in Sadr City. Sadr warned against a repetion of such arrests.

Baghdad. The arrival of the Muslim lunar new year marks the holy month of Moharram. One the tenth day the Shi'ite feast of Ashura is celebrated, commemorating the decapitatation in 680 of the grandson of Mohammed, Imam Hussein. This will be year 1426 of the Hegira (Hijrah), which refers to the migration of Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib (now Medina).

22:14 Baghdad. Forty dead. 10 police were killed and 50 wounded in clashes south of the capital. Thirty rebels were also killed when US helicopters intervened.

21:57 Baghdad. Papal nunzio says Church as done everything in its power. The papal nunzio to Jordan and Iraq, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, says Church has done what it can to obtain the release reporter Giuliana Sgrena.

21:55 Fallujah. Police return to streets. 500 police are now assigned to Fallujah and will take up duties on Saturday, says Gen. Mahdi Sabeeh, military governor of the city.

21:24 Baghdad. Islamic Jihad gives the Italian government 48 hours to withdraw troops, else Giuliana Sgrena may be exexuted.

21:02 Rome. Farnesina Palace refuses comment on negotiations to release Giuliana Sgrena.

20:19 Rome. Deployment to Iraq of Mangusta combat helicopters delayed.

17:16 Salman Pak. Violent clashes. At least 10 police are dead in clashes with insurgents near Salman Pak, 65 km southeast of Baghdad. Also, At least 65 police have been wounded. Rescuers are unable to remove corpses from the street.

13:47 Baghdad, Second carbombing, 5 dead.

12:01 Rome. Italian center-left parties demand redefinition of troop mandate in Iraq and a pullout schedule.

10:44 Baghdad. Borders to be sealed from 17 to 22 February. Iraq to close its borders during the Shi'ite holy day of Ashura, says Thaer al-Naqib, government spokesman. Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims are expected in Najaf and Kerbala. Last year, 170 pilgrims were killed in violence during the feast.

10:01 Baghdad. 20 carbonized bodies found. The victims were part of a highway convoy delivering sugar to Baghdad. Two police and two soldiers escorting the convoy were also killed.

09:36 Salman Pak. Carbomb wounds 5 at a police checkpoint in Salman Pak, south of Baghdad.

08:45 Baghdad. Three dead and four wounded in carbombing. A carbomb detonated in Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad as a US convoy passed nearby.


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