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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Sunday, June 26, 2005

26 June 2005 Events in Iraq

Kabul. Afghanistan rejects Russian accusations of supporting terrorism. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin qualified the efficiency of Afghanistan's effort in the war on terror as "extremely weak."

Amman. Jordan forbids publication of novel written by Saddam Hussein. The Official Press and Publications Department head, Ahmad al-Qodah, says the novel will not be pubished to safeguard relations between Jordan and Iraq.

Baghdad. 14th of July to be national holiday, commemorating the 14 July 1958 coup d' État overthrowing the monarchy installed by the British.

23:59 Rafah. A group of Palestininas fired at Israeli checkpoints near Rafah on the Egyptian border. No injuries reported.

Karbala. Nine Shi'ite shepherds were killed after they went into Sunni territory to sell their sheep.

23:51 Najaf. Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdel Mehdi, a Shi'a, discounted the significance of the reported US attempt to negotiate with the rebels. It is not the first time that they have met.

22:59 Washington. General John Abizaid says the US military knows the whereabouts of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

20:01 Gaza. 20 Israeli settlers injured in clashes with Israeli Army.

20:46 Cairo. Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi says says that his group has not been contacted by the United States for talks.

21:58 Beirut. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud denies that Syria was behind the recent assassinations in Lebanon.

21:51 Gaza. Israeli settlers clashed with the Israeli military, who were to demolish structures in Shirat Ha Yam, a settlement in the Gaza Strip to be evacuated. Settlers attempted to block bulldozers and demolition equipment.

21:45 Jerusalem. The Israeli Labour Party Central Committee decided to postpone its party primary sine die because of fraud and infighting.

17:27 Teheran. Hardline president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday Iran would press ahead with its controversial nuclear programme and said the Islamic Republic had no real need for ties with arch-foe, the United States. Ahmadinejad insists the nuclear program is to meet soaring demand for electricity. We need this technology for energy and medical purposes. We shall carry on with it, Ahmadinejad said in his first news conference

16:54 Washington. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday it may take as long as 12 years to defeat Iraqi insurgents and that Iraqi security forces will finish the job because U.S. and foreign troops will have left the country. Rumsfeld, addressing a question about whether U.S. troops levels are adequate to vanquish the increasingly violent resistance, said, We're not going to win against the insurgency. The Iraqi people are going to win against the insurgency. That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years.

17:23 Baghdad. The Special Iraqi Tribunal circulated video files showing the interrogation of six of Saddam Hussein's lieutenants, including his half-brothers Watban and Barzan Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti as well as Ayad Fouttayeh Khalifa al-Rawi, commander of the "Army of Jerusalem." Two Ba'ath Party officials, Latif Nassif Jassem and Mohammad Zoumam Abdelrazaq were also questioned on ethnic cleansing in Kirkuk. Mr. Khalifa and Mohsen Khodr Abbas were questioned on their role in the events of 1991 during the Shi'a insurrection.

17:22 Washington. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says prisoners at Guantanamo prison camp are treated humainly.

16:54 Teheran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will allow private Iranian investors to participate in the oil sector.

16:48 Kuwait. Two weathy Gulf states known for their lukewarm relations with Iran recognize the "popular choice" of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia congratulate Ahmadinejad on his victory. Syria, an Iranian ally, sends its congratulates. Meanwhile Israel sounds the alarm bell.

16:46 Baghdad. US embassy sources confirm meeting between rebels and a US delegation made up of a military presentative, a CIA representative, a member of Congress and an Embassy staff member in Balad.

16:22 Washington. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld predicts revolt by Iranian women and students. [In his dreams--Nur]

16:04 Dubai. In an Internet communiqué, Ansar Al-Sunna says it has no contacts with the US military.

15:39 Washington. Defense Department confirms contacts with rebels as reported in The Sunday Times.

14:12 Mosul. 36 are dead and 19 wounded in triple suicide bombings.

13:08 Baghdad. Bomb kills US one soldier and wounds two others.

13:03 Mosul. Third suicide bombing kills four and wounds nine. Rebels target police bureau in Mosul University Hospital annex.

12:26 Baghdad. Suicide attack at Iraqi Army base at Kasak, west of the city, kills 16.

10:06 Baghdad. A woman and two children are killed in a mortar blast in Baghdad's Baladiyat district. A third child was injured.

09:23 Kirkuk. Suicide dog attack. An Iraqi police officer was wounded by a dog wearing a suicide vest.

09:06 Tokyo. USA asks Japan to keep troops in Iraq. The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun says Japanese officials are considering a US request to extend the Japanese mission in Iraq beyond December 2005.

08:24 Teheran. Less than 24 hours after the close of the polls in Iran, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accuses clerics in office of having illegally interfered in the national presidential election.

08:14 Baghdad. Police colonel killed. Col. Riad Abdel Karim was shot dead in front of his home in the Mashal district of Baghdad.

07:42 Mosul. Death toll rises to five in police barracks blast.

07:07 Mosul. Blast a police barracks kills three and wounds four.

05:09 Baghdad. Secret negotiations between guerrillas and US military. The British newspaper The Sunday Times reports negotiations between US forces and Iraqi insurgents held in mid-June in Balad.

00:17 Kabul. Explosion at munitions dump kills two German troops and six Afghani workers. The blast took place 300 km northeast of Kabul.


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