27 May 2005 Events in Iraq
Muslims across Asia and Africa protest the profanation of the Koran in Guantanamo.
Kashmir. A 24-hour general strike was called by Syed Ali Geelani of the separatist movement Hurriyat as protesters burned US flags and a copy of the US Constitution.
Pakistan. Tens of thousands of Pakistanis demonstrated in Pakistan's major cities answering the call of the Islamist alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the major opposition party in parliament. The demonstators demanded a public apology as they burned US flags and portraits of President Bush.
Egypt. In Alexandria, tens of thousands of protesters answered the call of the Committee for the Defense of Sacred Values to assemble in front of the Alexandria Lawyer's Associaiton. In Cairo, a thousand protesters gathered after prayers in the courtyard of the al-Azhar mosque condemning the profaners and ripping up a portrait of President Hosni Mubarek. Another thousand protesters assembled in front of the Cairo Lawyers' Association.
Jerusalem. During his sermon in al-Aqsa mosque, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Ikrema Sabri demanded a direct apology from those responsible in Guantanamo for the profanation of the Koran. At the end of prayers thousands of people shouted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
Jordan. 1500 people protested in downtown Amman after weekly prayers: All agression towards the Koran is an agression against all religions. America is the enemy of religion. Protesters also shouted slogans hostlie to George W. Bush and demanded the withdrawal of US troops form Iraq and Afghanistan.
Malaysia. Several hundred people protested outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Lebanon. Sit-in protests were held across the country with people chanting America is the biggest Satan.
20:30 Dubai. Al-Zarqawi is reported as doing well after being wounded.
18:58 New York. Price of oil begins new rise. Oil reaches $52 per barrel.
18:15 Haditha. US troops paint "The New Testament" on tank's cannon barrel. Members of the 1st Tank Batalllion, 4th Tank Company have baptized their tank, The New Testament and have painted the name on the gun barrel. Corporal Ken Melton then had the inspiration to upload an image of the tank to the Marine Corps website at us.mc.mil for the world to see.
14:51 Baghdad. The Parliamentary commission charged with drafting the new Constitution will begin its work tomorrow.
14:22 Bucharest. Kidnapping of Romanian reporters was a set up. The kidnapping of three Romanian reporters was organized and financed by their guide, Mohammad Munaf, and Syrian-Romanian millionaire businessman Omar Hayssam as a publicity stunt to draw public attention away from charges of racketeering and income tax evasion laid to Mr. Hayssam. However Mr. Hayssam said the plan was to acquire credibility in Iraq to win a sugar contract and to raise the sales of the Romanian daily, Romanian Libera. Hayssam said that he had nothing to do with the kidnapping. The Romanian government wants to charge Hayssam and Munaf with terrorism. Meanwhile in Baghdad, Mr. Munaf is being held by the US military and 9 persons connected to the kidnapping have been arrested.
14:20 Baghdad. The decapitated corpses of two Iraqi shopkeepers were found at dawn in the Baia district of the capital. Their offense is assumed to have been the playing of Shi'ite music and songs in their stores during the month of Muharam.
10:45 Washington. Bush names career diplomat Neumann as ambassador to Kabul.
09:00 Washington. Former anti-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke says some of the 40,000 Iraqi insurgents may transfer their activity to the United States.
05:02 Baquba. The two pilots of a US Army helicopter shot down near Baquba were found dead.
01:41 New York. There is no proof that the Koran was thrown in a toilet, says General Jay Hood, who admitted to 13 cases of profanation of the sacred Muslim book.