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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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 07, 2005

7 May 2005 Events in Iraq

19:20 Sharm al Sheik. Sultan Qabous of Oman and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met for talks on the Middle East, Iran and Lebanon. Mubarak briefed Sultan Qabous on the results of his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah ben Abdel Aziz held the day before.

18:34 Baghdad. Iraqi MP Michaane al-Juburi was stopped from leaving the country in possession of a large amount of cash in US dollars at Baghdad International Aiport. Al Juburi was about to go Syria with $400,000 when he was informed that he could not leave the country with more than $10,000 because of a new rule, says his son Yazan al-Juburi. Al Juburi made a fortune under the regime of Saddam Hussein and was the individual responsible for delivering the city of Mosul to the US Army. He recently offered to represent the insurgency in the new national assembly.

18:38 Amman. Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah ben Abdel Aziz met with King Abdallah II of Jordan to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Also, Jordan hopes to renew a petroleum supply agreement with Saudi Arabia which expired in April. The Crown Prince also met with Bashir al-Assad Friday in Damascus.

17:57 Baghdad. Two AFP reporters held in US prisons. Two AFP reporters considered "threats to the security of the population and Coalition forces" are being held in US-run prisions in Iraq. Reporter Ammar Daham Naef Khalaf was arrested on 11 April in Ramadi and is held in Abu Ghraib prison. Photographer Fares Nawaf al-Issaywi was arrested May 1 in Fallujah.

17:20 Baghdad. Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi claims credit for this morning's bombing in Baghdad which killed at least 15 people.

16:50 Baghdad. US Embassy confirms the death of two US security contractors among the 15 dead in this morning's bombing in crowded Tahrir Square which also wounded 50, including children.

16:48 Rome. Italian intelligence agency SISMI acted according to government directives, says the Berlusconi government after a request for clarification by ex-President Francesco Cossiga. Meantime, the Toyota Corolla in which agent Nicola Calipari was travelling is undergoing forensic analysis in Italy.

16:01 Beirut. General Aoun returns to Lebanon after a 15-year exile in France.

15:49 Baghdad. Nth al-Zarqawi lieutenant arrested. Ghassan Mohammed Amin Hussein al Rawi was arrested.

12:18 Rome. The Toyota Corolla in which agent Nicola Calipari was travelling is undergoing forensic analysis in the police forensic center in via Tuscolana, Rome.

11:44 Baghdad. Four Americans die in bombing. Thirteen civilians and 4 US security guards perished in a blast targeting their SUVs in downtown Baghdad. The explosion completely destroyed two SUVs, leaving the corpes of the four Americans in cinders. Another 33 civilians were injured, including women and children. Weapons fire was heard in the square which leads to the Jumhuriya Bridge and the Green Zone.

11:16 Baghdad. Defense and Oil Ministers appointed. The UIA and the Kurdish parties agreed on the nomination of Sunni Arab Saadoun al-Dulaimi as Defense Minister and Shi'ite Ibrahim al-Uloum as Oil Minister.

11:12 Baghdad. Death toll in bombing rises to 17, including four Americans.

10:12 Baghdad. Carbomb kills 4 and wounds 22.

09:43 Baghdad. US convoy hit by bomb in downtown Baghdad.

09:40 Suwayra. Final death toll in the marketplace bombing in Suwayra is at 31, with 34 wounded.

09:11 Teheran. Relationship with EU threated by the nuclear question. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi says a decision will be taken shortly regarding uranium enrichment. This could end negotiations with the European Union.

07:21 Canberra. The family of Australian hostage Douglas Wood begs kidnappers to free him.

06:07 Washington. 1700 rape cases reported among US forces.

05:01 New York. Kofi Annan names vice-representative in Baghdad. The UN Secretary General named German diplomat Michael von der Schulenberg as his personal representative to the UN mission in Baghdad.

02:49 Sydney. Australian goverment rejects ultimatum regarding kidnapped engineer Douglas Wood.


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