February 19 Events in Iraq
London. A British officer has been implicated in the drafting of rules authorizing torture in Abu Ghraib prison. The Observer cites a letter from Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram saying a British officer was dispatched to Baghdad and assigned to the Coalition's judicial unit run by the Americans. There he participated in drafting the text, Interrogation and Policies in combatting the Insurgency. Meanwhile The Independent on Sunday reports that members of the British military knew about about abuses at Abu Ghraib five months before the British Cabinet was informed.
17:03 Baghdad. 27 dead and 109 wounded in Ashura violence in the capital.
16:25 Baghdad. Four Iraqi civilians killed by mortar fire. Mortar fire was directed at Shi'ite worshipers returning from home Ashura rituals in Baghdad.
13:10 Baghdad. School bus explosion, 17 dead. Seventeen are dead and forty-one wounded after a suicide bombing of a bus transporting Shi'ite worshipers in Baghdad.
12:12 Baghdad. Al Zarqawi claims credit for Baquba suicide bombing.
12:09 Kirkuk. Religious leader assassinated. Sheik Mohammed Rustom Kaka, chairman of the Committee of Kurdish Ulema, was killed by a hit squad as he was riding in his car. Sheik Kaka was involved with the Democratic Party of Kurdistan.
11:35 Baghdad, two killed in Sunni district. Mortar fire killed two as it fell near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
11:19 Baghdad. Three dead and dozens wounded in suicide attack. A suicide bombing in front of a Shi'ite mosque in the Baya district of Baghdad killed three members of a funeral procession for a Shi'a woman killed in a suicide bombing yesterday. The bomber drove up on a motorcycle and blew himself up amidst the crowd.
09:25 Doha. Al Jazeera broadcasts Giuliana Sgrena's photo journal. Manifesto provides kidnapped reporter Sgrena's collection of war photos to al Jazeera.
09:15 Baghdad. City locked down for feast of Ashura . All entrances to the Shi'ite quarter have been blocked off by security personnel. Worshipers are allowed in on foot only. The Imam Kazem mosque is surrounded by police.
09:14 Jakarta. Plea from mother of kidnapped journalist. The mother of Meutya Hafid has called on her "Muslim brothers" to release her daughter. Indonesian President Susilo Mambang Yudhoyono went on Metro TV to say that Miss Hafid is just a reporter and does not work for the Indonesian government.
09:13 Baquba. Bomb placed outside National Guard barracks kills one soldier.
09:12 Haswa. Insurgents attack US military base in Haswa, south of Baghdad, during the night.