February 20 Events in Iraq
19:45 Doha. Al Zawahri video broadcast by al Jazeera. Al Zawahri says Al Qaeda is unstoppable.
15:41 Baghdad. Attacks north of capital kill 7 as 2 are kidnapped. A carbomb exploded in Hawija, killing the driver. In Kirkuk, two Kurds were killed at a weapons dump. Two night watchmen were killed at the refinery at Baiji in a guerrilla raid last night. The bodies of two police wre found near Samarra. In Samarra, city official Nayef Saleh Mohammed was kidnapped. In Dur, north of Samarra, Fauzi Idane, a contractor, was kidnapped.
15:33 Ramadi. US troops launch assault on city. Marine is killed.
13:21 Budapest. Saudi Arabia recalls Ambassador. Hungarian Premier Ferenc Gyurcsany puts foot in mouth at the conclusion of a soccer match with a victory by Hungary over Saudi Arabia: "This is a fantastic result over a team composed of real terrorists. Riyadh responded by recalling its ambassador to Budapest for consulations, says the MTI news agency.
10:11 Al-Anbar Province. US beefs up security in al-Anbar province. The US has closed off all entrances to Ramadi.
07:55 Jakarta. Indonesia dispatches crisis mediation expert. Triono Wibowo, Director of the Crisis Center of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, is travelling to Jordan to head efforts to release kidnapped Indonesian journalists.
04:27 London. British shown to be involved in Abu Ghraib torture. Tony Blair's government has disavowed any connection to the abuses at Abu Ghraib Prison but a revelation by the Observer on Sunday suggests the contrary.