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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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 09, 2005

9 April 2005 Events in Iraq

21:00 Baghdad. Pakistani Consul missing. Malik Mohamed Javed did not return home after prayers at a mosque in the Amriyah quarter.

20:46 Haditha. Police chief assassinated. The newly appointed police chief of Haditha was assinated as he left a meeting with US miitary commanders.

19:35 Baghdad. Street demonstrations against US military. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Paradise Square in Baghdad against the US military.

11:44 Mosul. Car bombing kills two police and wounds 13 civilians in Mosul.

09:41 Baghdad. Al-Sadr supporters demonstrate against the United States and demand foriegn troop pullout.

9:00 Kut. Two truck drivers killed. Gunmen attacked a 14-truck Trade Ministry convoy on the main highway between Baghdad and Kut Nine trucks got away but 5 others were hijacked. Two truck drivers were kiled and five wounded.

08:31 Latifiyah. Fifteen Iraqi soliders killed when roadside bomb detonates as Iraqi military convoy passes by.

08:06 Baghdad. Protesters march in second anniversary of fall of Saddam Hussein, demanding US leave Iraq. At least 1 million demonstrators participate.

07:30 Baghdad. Al-Sadr collaborator assassinated. Fadel al-Choq, director of the al-Sadr office in Karbala, was assassinated has he drove through the Doura quarter of Baghdad on his way to Saturday's street demonstrations. Another passenger, who worked in the al-Sadr office in the town of al-Hor 110 km north of Karbala, was wounded.


Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Extremists detained by Israelis Police


Extremist Jews who make up a new group called ``Revava,'' a biblical word that means 10,000, stated openly that their goal is to storm the sensitive site in July, when thousands of Israeli police and soldiers are in Gaza to evacuate 9,000 settlers - forcing Israel's leaders to pull the forces from Gaza, send them to Jerusalem and, in that way, stop the pullout. The Sunday protest, they said, was just a test.

Nur keep an eye on this one - this is my nightmare. Not the first such attempt. This one could blow everything to hell and gone.


5:18 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Hi Mark...just getting some historical perspective:

21 Aug 69. Fire at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem destroys much of the structure; found to be the work of an isolated Australian Christian tourist.

25 Sep 69. OIC formed in response to fire.

11 Apr 82.Israeli & US dual national Allen Goodman enters al-Aqsa mosque & opens fire, killing 2 & wounding 30.

28 Jan 84. Israeli police discover explosives placed around al-Aqsa, claimed by a Jewish group, “Terror against Terror”.

23 Sep 96. Netanyahu decides to open “Hasmonean tunnel” in Jerusulem, running alongside al-Aqsa Mosque to exit onto Via Dolorosa. Ensuing rioting leaves 61 Palestinians & 15 Israelis dead, largely in Ramallah. Strict closure again implemented by Israel. SCR1073 (28Sept) indirectly calls for the closure of the tunnel; US abstains.

We'll find out if the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades means business...and I believe they do. But you are right, the entire Middle East will be inflamed this time.

When I saw those 2 million in St. Peter's Square, it made me wish I could turn the crowd around and deploy them to the Holy Land and demand certain, ah, territorial adjustments.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Might have known you'd be on it already :-)

Some presonal historical perspective. I've spent a lot of time in Lebanon as a peacekeeper. We must have been doing some good because we got shot at by EVERYBODY at some point or another.

Lebanese Joke:

Q: "Why do the Irish peacekeepers like being shot at by the IDF?"

A: "Because they KNOW those bastards aren't Lebanese."

Anyway I was there both in 82 and 84. (The 84 one was really very well planned. Shaped charges only discovered because they couldn't find a rabbi to bless them.) I remember one of the new troops asking what would have happened. Before I could reply one of my Sergeant's replied - jerking a thumb at me. "Look at the Captain you little eedjit. He's nearly collapsed at the thought."

He was right too it was one of the few times I was frozen in terror.

Thing is things are far worse in Israel now and a lot of their most experienced people are siding with the settlers. Very very worrying.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Hmmmm I like the idea of two million peaceful people suddenly invading. Of course everybody else would say they were "crusaders." Next thing you know ........

Hell lets have a good old catholic joke:

4 things God doesn't know:

1) He doesn't know as much as the Dominicans think they know.

2) He doesn't know how much real estate the Franciscans really own.

3) He hasn't a clue what the Jesuits are getting up to.

4) He hasn't the faintest idea who the next pope is going to be.

[4a) But he does know that all the other popes have been a mistake.]

G'night :-)

6:37 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

Oh, this is so Sophie's World.

I wanted to start a blog called Those Israelis Next Door but b/f says they'll put me in concrete shoes.

7:50 PM  

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