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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, May 21, 2005

21 May 2005 Events in Iraq

00:23 Baku. Dozens of arrests in Azerbaijan. Members of opposition rounded up to prevent an unauthorized demonstration by Musawat, the Popular Front and the Democratic party in the center of Baku to protest the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. 45 were arrested and more than 300 beaten by police.

20:33 Mosul. 12 Interior Ministry elite troops killed in a series of rebel attacks across northern Iraq.

18:03 Ankara. Al Jaafari says multinational forces will stay in Iraq an idefinite amount of time.

15:42 Beiji. Guerrillas attack a 20-vehicle government convoy at dawn, kiling 8 Iraqi troops.

14:00 Kabul. Italian hostage Clementina Cantoni is said to have an eye infection.

13:47 Kabul. President Hamid Karzai has demanded that the United States release all Afghani prisoners held in Guantanamo following the revelation of the death of two prisoner in US custody at Bagram Air Force Base.

12:44 Rome. MP Franco Ionta, chief of the Rome Public Prosecutor's antiterrorism pool, says the situation in Afghanistan is worse than that in Iraq.

12:00 Kara Suu. 200 Uzbeks fleeing the country have been stopped at the frontier with Kyrgyzstan

09:56 London. The Sun ran a second series of photos of Saddam Hussein

07:44 Baghdad. Two Iraqis who attempted to avoid a checkpoint south of Baghdad were pursued and killed between Latifiyah and Mahmoudiyah. Meanwhile the bodies of three Iraqi shot to death near Latifiyah were found in a rural area.


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