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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Monday, May 16, 2005

16 May 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. Ali Sistani and Moqtada Sadr called for a soothing of tensions with Sunnis despite persistent violence. Moqtada Sadr, in his first press conference in more than a year, called for restraint.

Rabia. A suicide carbomb exploded on Iraq's northern frontier with Syria, wounding 30.

Baghdad. Two Iraqis working for a foreign security firm were killed and two others wounded by a bomb.

Baghdad. The Iraqi Army announced the arrest of nine men suspected of killing two Iraqi journalists yesterday.

Mosul. Iraqi security forces say they have arrested a carbomb manufacturer.

Baghdad. Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Doulaïmi has ordered an end to police raids on university campuses and places of worship.

Moscow. Russia declared that there is no proof that Russian personalities enriched themselves in the Oil-for-Food scandal. Furthermore, Yuri Fedotov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Number 2, said the accusations launched by the US Senate were an attempt to discredit the United Nations.

Paris. Former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua says his name was used on Iraqi documents relating to the Oil for Food scandal without his knowledge.

London. British MP George Galloway flew to Washington this morning where he will testify before US Congress.

22:54 Rome. Statement by familiy of kidnapped Italian NGO worker in Kabul. The family of Clementina Cantoni, a worker for CARE International in Kabul hopes affair will end soon with no unpleasant surprises.

23:23 Ottawa. CARE International confirms kidnapping of Italian aid worker. Onlus Care Canada confirms kidnapping of Clementina Cantoni.

20:25 Paris. Jacques Chirac adds his support to the Chaldean community of Iraq during visit of Monsignor Emmanuel Delly.

20:07 Najaf. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has called for fraternity between the Shi'a and Sunni communities of Iraq, according to a statement by PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari after a meeting with Sistani on Monday. Meanwhile, the Committee of Iraqi Ulema blamed the militias of Badr organization within SCIRI for the murder of Sunni peasants near Sadr City. When asked about the death penalty, Jaafari said it was in force. The death penalty may be applied where it can be applied and no one can stop us.

19:59 Kabul. An Italian NGO worker kidnapped in Afghanistan. Clementina Cantoni was kidnapped by four men as she drove through the Qala-e-Mosa quarter.

19:33 Baghdad. Two civilians were killed and 25 wounded in a double carbombing targeting an Army convoy in the Abu Dchir district of south Baghdad.

19:25 Jerusalem. Ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers cause traffic jams throughout Israel protesting the Gaza pullout.

19:10 Dublin. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated accusations against Syria which she claims allows foreign fighters to pass through its territory. RIce also accused the Syrians of supporting anti-Israeli radicals and seeking to influence the upcoming elections in Lebanon.

18:24 Baghdad. Carbomb kills nine Iraqi soldiers. Five others were wounded.

17:19 Baghdad. US troops profaned a mosque in Ramadi 100 km west of Baghdad. Spokesman Muzana Harez al-Dari of the Committee of Iraqi Ulema has given a press conference saying that last Saturday US troops entered a mosque in Ramadi and spraypainted crosses on the walls and carved a cross into a copy of the mosque's Koran.

17:50 Kuwait City. The Kuwaiti Parliament has adopted a law granting female suffrage and permitting women to run for office, despite Islamist opposition.

16:30 Baghdad. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi to make official visit to Baghdad tomorrow. Kharrazi will meet Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari for talks aiming to turn the page on the Iran-Iraq war.

13:10 Baghdad. Five persons were killed when rocket fire was directed at Baghdad University.

09:00 Baquba. Eight Iraqis, including four soldiers, were killed in clashes.

07:20 Baghdad. 12 bodies found in northeast Baghdad.


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