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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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 03, 2005

February 3 Events in Iraq

The upsurge in violence came shortly after the interim Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, declared that the success of Sunday's elections had dealt a major blow to the insurgency. [Guardian]

Baghdad. Election returns. The United Iraqi Alliance, the Shi'ite slate receiving the benediction of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, has so far received 72,8 % of over 1.6 million ballots tallied from six southern provinces, representing 10% of the vote. Prime Minister Allawi's slate received only 294 587 votes. The Independent National Managers and Elite slate headed by Fathallah Ghazi Ismaïl finished third in Bagdad, Zi Qar and Qadissiyah provinces. President Ghazi al-Yawar slate finished fourth in Baghdad.

The Kurds represent the second strongest political force. Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani has officially announced that his candidacy for President or Prime Minister. Another Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani, announced that he is running for President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan; Barzani insists on the annexation of the city of Kirkuk.

Qaim. A car bomb exploded at a house used by US military snipers in Qaim, near the Syrian border, witnesses said. They said US troops had responded by opening fire and hitting civilians, although a US military spokesman had no further information about the incident.

Baghdad. UN Representative Ashraf Jehangir Qazi met with Sunni politician Mohsen Abdel Hamid to discuss Sunni participation in the drafting of the new constitution. Mr. Qazi has also met with Iyad Allawi, Adnan Pachachi and Adel Abdel Mahdi.

Hawija. Hundreds of voters protested the lack of ballots on Sunday, which prevented them from voting.

Baghdad. An Iraqi soldier was killed after gunmen opened fire as he left his home in the capital.

Baghdad. The Committee of Iraqi Ulema protest the killing of the nephew of its chairman by US troops in Baghdad.

Ramadi. Fassal Guéoud al-Nahrawi, the governor of Anbar province, a rebel stronghold west of the capital, escaped injury when a roadside bomb exploded near his car in Ramadi. However, a woman was wounded by gunfire from his bodyguards.

New York. Volcker report on UN Oil for Food scandal singles out UN administrator Benon Sevan, a Cypriot, for inappropriate activities.

Tal Afar. Two civilians were killed and six injured when militants fired mortar shells at a US base in Tal Afar, west of Mosul.

Samawa. Insurgents overrun a police station in the city of Samawa, killing an Iraqi policeman and injuring two others.

17:40 Baghad. Insurgent ambush near capital, 14 wounded, 36 missing. Rebels wound 14 Iraqi police and 36 are missing after an attack on a police convoy heading for Diwaniya, 180 km south of Baghad, where they were to pick up new police vehicles.

16:40 Baghad. Al Zarqawi escapes capture. Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Nakib says security forces nearly captured Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who slipped away.

13:56 Baghdad. US soldier and interpreter killed. A US soldier was killed in Ramadi while an interpreter for the US army was killed in Baquba.

11:55 London. Daily Mail reports seven British paratroopers accused of homicide. Seven British paratroopers are charged with the homicide of an Iraqi civilian near Basrah. The accused kicked and pistol whipped a civilian to death in 2003.

08:53 Sydney. Iraq requests more Australian troops. Iraqi Minister of State Adnan Janabi asks Australians to participate in international peacekeeping force to replace US troops.

08:28 Baghdad. Two marines killed in al Anbar Province. 1,438 US soldiers have died since March 2003.

07:48 Kirkuk. 12 Iraqi soldiers executed. General Anwar Amin says a 5-man rebel commando team stopped a bus transporting security forces along the highway between Azab and Zaraquiya, approximately 85 km west of Kirkuk. The passengers were forced out and shot in the head.

07:41 Baquba. Rebels open fire on SUV. Rebels opened fire on a SUV in Baquba, 60 km north of Baghdad, killing two of the passengers and wounding four. The 7 occupants of the vehicle were driving to work at a US military base.


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