19 April 2005 Events in Iraq
Baghdad. Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in a rebel attack west of Baghdad.
Baghdad. A Baghdad University administrator and faculty member, Fouad Ibrahim al-Bayati, was shot dead behind the wheel of his car.
Tikrik. A civlian was killed by a roadside bomb, which destroyed his vehicle.
Dhoulouiyah. An Iraqi solider is killed.
Hilla. An insurgent was killed and another wounded by the premature detonation of a roadside bomb, which they were planting.
Baghdad. MPs complain of behavior of American GIs. MPs angrily denounced the rude treatment of one of its Assembly members by US forces and demand the explusion of the guilty troops in the incident. Debate was suspended for one hour in protest after a Shi'a MP, Fateh al-Sheikh was pulled over en route to the Green Zone. Al-Sheikh angrily declared that he was an MP and a US soldier grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and shook him. A resolution was passed demanding an apology from the US Embassy.
15:04 Teheran. Iranian authorities have decided to "temporarily close" the Teheran offices of al-Jazeera after its broadcasts on riots in the province of Khuzistan in southern Iran. We maintain an open-door policy and are ready to dialog with anyone, said al-Jazeera spokesman Jihad Ballout. Meanwhile, al-Jazeera's News and Content Editor Ahmed al-Sheikh expressed surprise at the decision. I don't know what crime we have committed: we repeatedly televised the Iranian government's reaction to the crisis. Since it's creation in 1996, al-Jazeera has been the CNN of the Middle East and is watched by tens of millions of Arabs. The Qatari network is despised by the régimes in Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Sudan, and has be unable to open bureaus in Saudi Arabia and in Tunisia. Al Jazeera is regularly denounced by Washington, which accuses the network of being a spokesman for radical Islamist groups. Its bureaus in Baghdad were closed down by the Iraqi authorities in August 2004.
14:49 Ramadi. Authorities claim they captured two members of a group linked to Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. Hamza Ali Ahmed Alwadmiziar, alias Abu Majed, and Salam Aref Abdelkader Khwamrad Zardawi, alias Agha bou Sharif, were taken into custody.
14:25 Camp Bucca. A 51 year-old Iraqi prisoner has died in US custody, supposedly of "natural causes". The man was in convulsions and was brought to the prison infirmary, where he died. He had been held as a security prisoner since May 2004. A Red Cross delegation reported complaints of harsh conditions after an inspection of the desert camp in March.
10:49 Khaldiya. Rebels attack National Guard post, killing five persons.
10:24 Riyadh. OPEC raises production. Production will be upped by 500,000 per day, most of it to be pumped by Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is currently producing 9.5 million barrels per day.
09:55 New York. Price of oil climbs again. Light Crude climbs 23 cents to $50.60, 13% lower than its April 4 maximum of $58.28. June Brent futures are up 22 cents to $51.22.
09:47 Baghdad. An explosion in the Adhamiyah district in east Baghdad targeting an army recruitment center in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces killed 6 and wounded 44, mostly soldiers and recruits. A suicide bomber drove a green minibus into the building. A group linked to Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi has taken credit for the bombing.
09:14 Baghdad. Two generals assassinated. General Adnan Faush Farawni, an advisor to the Defense Ministry and his son, Alladin, a captain in the intelligence services were assassinated at their home in southern Baghdad by gunmen wearing army uniforms. Another family member was wounded. In Amara, General Hussein Hato al-Jabeeri and his driver were shot to death. Jabeeri was the Interior Ministry Inspector-General for three provinces in southern Iraq.