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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, February 18, 2005

February 18 Events in Iraq

Washington. US puts pressure on Syria. The United States insisted again on the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Meanwhile Condoleeza Rice declared the Syrian Ambassador to the United States persona non grata.

23:29 Baghdad. US troops looses reach 1,472.

22:31 Rome. Manifesto: "No news concerning Giuliana Sgrena". Editors Gabriele Polo and Valentino Parlato say there is no further news concerning reporter Giuliana Sgrena.

21:24 Brussels. EU ministers demand release of Giuliana Sgrena.

20:01 Iskandariya. Another mosque bombing. Seven are dead and 10 founded in another attack on a Shi'ite mosque south of Baghdad.

19:33 Rome. Vatican "implores" insurgents for release of Giuliana. Vatican Foreign Affairs Minister Mons. Giovanni Lajolo pleads for release of Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena.

19:18 Baghdad. US soldier killed south of Baghdad.

19:01 Rome. National TV networks add extra segment to evening news for coverage of demostrations in favor of Giuliana Sgrena.

18:11 Baghdad. Hostage Giuliana Sgrena appears in new video

17:38 Baghdad. Shi'ite death toll rises. Twenty-three killed in violence against Shi'ites.

15:49 Samarra. Bodies of six soldiers and two police recovered. Six cadavers shot through the head belonging to Iraqi soldiers were found near Samarra. Two police were killed in a separate incident.

13:52 Rome. Berlusconi maintains silence on the fate of Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena.

13:38 Baghdad. Three die in cafe bombing. A bomb went off in a Shi'ite cafe in northwest Baghdad.

12:57 Tel Afar. US soldier killed. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier in Tel Afar

12:29 Baghdad. Shi'ite mosque bombed: 18 dead and 27 wounded.

12:08 Baghdad. Second Shi'ite mosque bombed. 1 dead and 4 wounded at the Ali al-Bayaa mosque in west Baghdad.

12:04 Baghdad. Bombing carried out by suicide bomber. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Kazimain mosque in the Abu Dishr, district.

11:49 Baghdad. 17 dead in mosque bombing.

11:48 Baghdad. Fascist parliamentarian Gustavo Selva says street demonstrations in Italy calling for the release Giuliana Sgrena are "useless and unhelpful".

11:30 Baghdad. Shi'ite politician says police tortured three militant to death. Abdel Aziz Hakim says Baghdad police tortured and killed three Shi'ite militants.

11:24 Baghdad. Thirteen dead on mosque bombing. Thirteen are dead and 22 wounded in bombing of Shi'ite mosque in southwest Baghdad.
11:21 Milan. Mohamed Daki, a Moroccan cleared of charges of terrorism by a Milan court called for the release of Giuliana Sgrena.

11:18 Baghdad. Four dead in mosque bombing.

11:03 Baghdad, Suicide bomber strikes Shi'ite mosque. A suicide bomber blows himself up during Ashura prayers in mosque in southwest Baghdad.

10:54 Baghdad. Carbomb kills two and wounds ten in mosque bombing in south Baghdad.

10:48 Baghdad. Thousands of Shi'ites march in Ashura procession.

10:03 Najaf. Sons of police chief assassinated. The bodies belonging to the sons of Najaf police chief General Ghaleb al Jazairi were found today north of Karbala. The bodies of Haidar and Bahaa al Jazairi, both approximately 20 years old, were found near Husseiniya, 10 km north of Kerbala.

09:03 Mosul, US soldier killed. A Task Force American Freedom soldier was killed in action in Mosul.

07:00 Mosul. Carbombing kills US soldier.

06:59 Baghdad. Indonesians kidnapped. Reporter Meutya Hafid and cameramen Budianto were kidnapped near Ramadi on Tuesday.

05:43 Ramadi. Two Indonesians kidnapped.


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