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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

27 April 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. Rebels attempt assassination of Interior Ministry general. Gen. Jihad Làeebee was mortally wounded and two assistants killed in an attack on ministerial convoy.

Baghdad. Two Iraqi soldiers and one civilian were killed in separate attacks. One attack targeted a power station south of Baghdad.

Copenhagen. Denmark to up reconstruction aid to Iraq by 13.44 million euros, bringing its total to 80.6 million euros for the period 2003-2008.

Baghdad. Iraqi government offers $1 million bounty for ex-Ba'ath party official Abdel Baqi Abdel Karim Saadoon. Saadoon is accused of a massacre in Basrah on 1991 and of recruiting terrorist for Iraq in 2004.

23:25 Washington. US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld again claims US troop levels in Iraq are sufficient to stabilize the country. The Soviets had 300,000 troops in Afghanistan and they lost. We had 20 to 30 thousand troops in the country and we won [against the Taliban] --[Could that be because the Northern Alliance was on "our" side?]

23: 23 Abu Dhabi. The UAE and Morocco have announced their support of new Iraqi as King Mohammed VI visits Abu Dhabi. The UAE President, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the Moroccoan sovereign also back the Road Map for Palestine. King Mohammed VI is also to visit Singapore President Sellapan Rama Nathan soon.

22:09 Kirkuk. Oilfield security guard shot in head.

21:32 Washington. Terrorist attacks in Iraq on the increase. 625 died in 2003 in terrorist attacks in Iraq. In 2004, the figure was 1,907.

21:06 Baghdad. On the eve of his 68th birthday, Saddam Hussein met with his lawyer, whom he hasn't seen for four months. The spokesman for Saddam's legal team, Ziad Khasawneh, says Saddam met for six hours with one of his attorneys, Khalil Duleimi.

20:58 Washington. The US Adminstration rejects the Middle East conference proposed by Russian President Vladimir Poutin.

18:50 Rome. Italy to perform ballistics test on Toyota Corolla which transported Giuliana Sgrena to the proximity of Baghdad airport.

17:32 Teheran. Iran awaits unequivocal reply from the European Union concerning its uranimum enrichment program. EU to meet 29 April to decide stance. According to diplomatic sources, Iran has proposed a reduced enrichment program requiring the assembly, installation and operation of 3,000 centrifuges in the Natanz plant in central Iran.

17:23 Premier-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari announces formation of new government. The new goverment will be composed of 32 ministerial portfolios, including seven reserved for women.

16:32 Jerusalem. Israel cautiously reacts to Putin's proposal for Middle East conference.

14:50 Baghdad. Bucharest asked for an extension of ultimatum for kidnapped journalists. The Romanian government has asked the Committee of Iraqi Ulema to assist in release of reporters.

14:14 Baghad. Member of Parliament assassinated in front of resident. Mrs. Lamiya Abed Khadduri, an Iraqi MP and a member of Iyad Allawi's political party, was assassinated by unknown gunman as she answered the door of her residence.

14:12 Baghdad. Another 24 hours required before new government can be named.

13:34 Rome. Calipari's Toyota Corolla has six or seven bullet holes in rear of car. Italian Carabinieri inspect car, now in Italy, and make discovery.

13:17 Rome. Rumor alleges Calipari assassinated by private contractors. A website named Polizia e Democrazia ( claims Negroponte's March 4 escort was comprised of foreign contractors, who shot dead Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari on the Baghdad airport road.

12:38 Cairo. Putin calls for conference in Moscow. Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for an autumn peace conference in Moscow involving Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the Quartet.

12:21 Istanbul: Two terrorist attacks foiled. Two bombs defused in Instanbul parking lot in the suburban Kucukcekmece district and under a bridge over the Golden Horn. Horn.

10:44 Basrah. Five Australian cargo ships anchored offshore. Five Australian container ships have been refused entry due to alleged iron contamination. Australian exporters accuse US of pressuring Iraq into favoring US grain imports.

10:15 Teheran. Activist student faces flogging an imprisonment. Farab Samini, a student in Teheran, faces stiff sentence to be handed out by the Revolutionary Court.

09:29 Tel Aviv. Powerful blast. Israeli military sources report a powerful blast targeting an Israeli military vehicle near the settlement of Morag in the southern Gaza Strip.

09:38 Beirut. National legislative elections scheduled for 29 May, says Assenbly Speaker Nabih Berri. The legislative races in Lebanon occur over several weeks because each district votes on an independent schedule.

07:24 Washington. Bush wants to transform old US military bases into oil refineries. [The NIMBY effect! Bush is a loser--Nur]

02:14 Cairo. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak plays coy; says he may bow out of president race. However, since 1953 Egyptian parliament has confirmed only a single candidate to run for president and it has taken no action to set up the prerequisites for a race involving several candidates.


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