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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Saturday, April 30, 2005

30 April 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. The U.S. military announced Saturday that four U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded Thursday when a Task Force Freedom convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in Tal Afar.

Baghdad. Four U.S. soldiers in a convoy were wounded when their Humvee rolled into a ditch late Friday night near Abu Ghraib prison.

23:52 London. OT: 23:52 London. British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in July 2002 to the participation of the UK in the invasion of Iraq led by the United States, according to a Foreign Office memorandum leaked to the Sunday Times. The publication of the secret document will provide more ammunition to Mr. Blair's enemies just before the legislative elections next week. The Prime Minister and his advisors discussed the question of the invasion of Iraq on 23 July 2002 during a foreign intelligence meeting presided by Sir Richard Dearlove. Military action was now seen as inevitable...We should work on the assumption that the UK would take part in any military action...The CDS (Admiral Michael Boyce) should tell the US military that we were considering a range of options.... Admiral Boyce should prepare all the details necessary concerning the British military contribution...We should not ignore legal questions. We must not ignore the legal issues: the Attorney-General would consider legal advice with FCO/MOD legal advisers

Read the memo as published in The Sunday Times - Britain.

23:46 Washington. The US miltiary has published a report confirming that it will not sanction the patrol responsible for the shooting of Major-General Nicola Calipari. Meanwhile, Italian Minister for Reforms Roberto Calderoli saidthe time has come to talk about accelerating Italy's timetable for pullout from Iraq. If the US patrol really observed the rules of engagement, given what happened it means that committing such "mistakes" is part of those rules. In any case, with the divergences surfacing in the report of the Joint Commission of Inquiry, the time has come for the majority government for careful and deep reflexion on the timetable for the withdrawal of our troops deployed to Iraq in a peacekeeping mission. In my house we say, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

23:34 Istanbul. Iraq has asked its neighbors to support the new government in Baghdad and to increase border security.

22:18 Mosul. Six carbombings in Mosul. Five are dead and twelve wounded, including two US soldiers.

19:46 Khalidiyah: Marine killed.

18:58 Rome. Unable to find consensus on the conclusions of a joint US-Italian commission, the Italian authorities have asked the Rome prosecutor to accelerate its own investigation on the shooting of Nicola Calipari.

18:50 Washington. The US general staff confirmed that the troops responsible for the shooting of Nicola Calipari will not be disciplined.

17:42. Teheran. Iran opens new international airport. Imam Khomeini airport has been opened and welcomed its first flight from Dubai. Meanwhile, the British Foreign Offices says the runways are unsafe.

17:38 Baghdad. 30 people are wounded, including soldiers and police commandos, in car bombings around Baghdad.

17:26 Baghdad. Three booby-trapped cars targeting military convoys killed four and wounded 16 in Baghdad. Insurgents blew up a car when a joint Iraqi-US convoy passsed by near a police station in the Zayouna district in east Baghdad. Two passers-by, including a child, were kiled and ten others wounded. A second car exploded in west Baghdad, near a US military convoy. A third vehicle killed two civilians and wounded six others near a US patrol in east Baghdad.

17:05 Baghdad. Carbomb explodes near the headquarters of a Sunni group, the Council for National Dialog, killing 5 civilians and wounding 26 in the Khadra district of west Baghdad. Near Chaab Stadium a carbomb killed two civilians and wounded six others. It also destroyed several automobiles.

17:02 Baghdad. The Committee of Iraqi Ulema says police commandos raided several mosques, residences and Islamic institutions and arrested 30 clerics and worshipers.

16:53 Beirut. Hundreds of supporters of General Michel Aoun, a Lebaneses opposition figure in exile, gather to celebrate his return planned for 7 May. The celebration caused a monstrous traffic jam on the Beirut-Damascus highway.

16:50 Cairo. Tourists killed and injured attacks. Iab Yassin, 47, jumped off the Sixth of October bridge holding a bomb into Abdel Muneim Riad square, near the Ramses Hilton and the Egyptian Museum at 3:00 pm. The bomb decapitated Yassin and wounded a Swedish physician returning from Darfur and his Italian fiancee, two Israelis and four Egyptians. One of the victims is dead. Two hours later, his sister and his wife, dressed in niqabs, opened fire on a tour bus in the Sayeda Aisha quarter near the Saladin District at the entrance into Cairo's Old City, wounding three persons. One woman shot her companion then shot herself after being surrounded by police.

16:29 Baghdad. Two soliders of Task Force Baghdad were killed by a bomb.


Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

"16:53 Beirut. Hundreds of supporters of General Michel Aoun, a Lebaneses opposition figure in exile, gather to celebrate his return planned for 7 May. The celebration caused a monstrous traffic jam on the Beirut-Damascus highway."

Uh oh. This guy is seriously bad news. Expect to see Lebanon heat up badly if he gets back in.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Oh yes, the "Aounistes" have been a major presence in the anti-Syrian demos.

In any case, the UN had already obtained agreement from the Syrians for a pullout before the demos.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

One more thing...

Arab-American Jim Zogby-brother of the pollster-, whose family is from Lebanon, says that the Maronites want to adopt the 1923 constitution written for them by the French which guarantees top posts, PM, President, etc. to the Maronite community.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Yup. They've been in bed with the French forever. It's the French and the Saudis who're driving this.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Nur I've just done a quick tot - it's ugly.

5 Iraqis killed +
5 U.S. soldiers

subtotal = 10

47 Iraqis killed +
5 U.S. soldiers

subtotal = 52

17 Iraqis killed +
1 U.S. soldiers

Subtotal = 18

36 Iraqis killed +
0 U.S. soldiers

Total: At least 116 killed


3:33 PM  

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