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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

19 April 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. Negotiations on forming a new government are at a standstill due to outgoing Premier Allawi's insistance on retaining an important ministerial portfolio. Allawi's movement demands four ministerial portfolios, one of which must be important, such as the Interior Ministry. UIA MP Mrs. Maryam al-Rayès relates, But we are trying to convince him that he cannot have the Interior is going to the UIA. Defense is going to a Sunni. The Foreign Ministry will continue to be retained by Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough already with Allawi.

"Hilla. An insurgent was killed and another wounded by the premature detonation of a roadside bomb, which they were planting. "

Best news I've heard all day. Not "nice" of me I know but anybody who targets civilians or places bombs heedless of civilian casualties deserves this. Pity some of their buddies weren't with them. And yes I include people like the IRA in this sentiment.

"Two generals assassinated ...."

more evidence that they're riddled with informers.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berlusconi resigns - but more of the same to follow.,1280,-4951654,00.html

2:27 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Not so fast, Silvio...The Premier gave an ignomious speech today before parliament which futher alienated him. I believe Italy is moving towards anticipated elections. Yay!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Italian pols have chimed in on the speech with qualifiers such as "damaging", "mortifying", "undignified", "disappointing", "cagey."

Berlusconi says he'll be back in the driver's seat in a week. Ugh.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know it is just about possible that he'll mess it up so badly that he gets chucked out. I wonder if he'll be allowed wear a specially designed outfit in prison. Something along jumpsuit lines with red green and yellow spots. Some of them with an inset "yellow rogue of Texas" (silhouetted in profile natch). For footwear the ensemble demands some of those truly fetching sand coloured "Bremer's Booties."

The whole would look really really good on him don't you think? He's just made for it ........

I'll be AFK 'til next week Nur as I've a lot of writing to do. See you then.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Actually, I see him in a Pulcinello costume.

Ta, ta!

7:27 PM  

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