30 June 2005 Events in Iraq
Baghdad. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged Iraq's neighbors to increase their cooperation in establishing stability in Iraq.
Baghdad. Two Iraqis were killed in an assassination attempt on the police chief of Baquba.
Bucharest. Ex-hostage Marie-Jeanne Ion was questioned by the Bucarest district attorney on her ordeal in Iraq.
Amman. The UN to organize a census of the Iraqi population in 2007. The UN Population Fund signed an agreement with the Iraqi Planning Ministry to conduct a census in 2007.
23:58 Washington. President George Bush demands "clarification" on the role of Iranian President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the 1979 US Embassy siege in Teheran. Meanwhile, former embassy hostage Bill Daugherty, USMC-Ret., says there is "no possible doubt" that he saw Ahmadinejad among his gaolers.
23:53 Washington. US Dept of State warns US citizens against travel to Iran.
23:52 Washington. The US increases pressure on Syria by freezing all accounts held in the name of Syrian officials, including Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan. The US Departement of Treasury has frozen the funds of Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan and Roustoum Ghazali of Syrian Military Intelligence.
23:50 New York. UN Security Council calls on Lebanese government to extend its authority throughout the whole of the country.
23:31 Washington. For US Embassy hostage in Teheran, Jim Limbert, says he cannot confirm claims by five other former hostages that Iranian President-Elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was among his gaolers.
23:06 Baghdad. Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari announces that the trial of Saddam Hussein may begin within one or two months, perhaps as early as August 15th. A lawyer for Tarek Aziz, Badea Aref, says the statement is not realistic. No! A thousand times "no"! I doubt that the trial will take place in 2005. The inquest requires more time.
22:56 Baghdad. Syrian delegation received in Baghdad for the first time in 25 years. Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Hamed Al-Bayati met with a Syrian delegation headed by veteran diplomat Mohammad Saïd al-Bunni
22:33 Jerusalem. Israeli warplanes have "cleaned up" sources of automatic weapons fier in along the Lebanese border south of the UN-enforced Blue Line.
23:30 Washington. U.S. President George W. Bush said on Thursday he wanted answers on whether Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a leader in the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege as some former hostages have said but Iranians have denied. Several Americans who were held said they recognized the ultraconservative Ahmadinejad as a ringleader. But two Iranians who were leading figures in the storming of the embassy said he did not take part. Retired Navy Capt. Donald Sharer and Bill Daugherty said they were convinced Ahmadinejad was one of their Iranian captors.
23:05 Sanaa (Yemen). Representatives of more than 50 Islamic countries called Thursday for support for the transitional Iraqi government and the restoration of security and stability in the country. Foreign ministers and senior officials of the 57 states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference concluded a three-day meeting with a statement that endorsed the need to reform the group to give it more clout. The organization has demanded a seat in the U.N. Security Council to represent the world's more than 1 billion Muslims.
22:21 Baghdad. The cousin of an Iraqi MP and four other persons were shot dead in front of a store in west Baghdad by unknown gunmen. Optician Taher Kazem al-Rubaï, cousin of Mouaffak al-Rubaï, was shot outside his shop in the Amariya district. Three customers and an employer were also killed. Qussaï and Ashuak, the optician's son and daughter are wounded in the attack.
19:10 Washington. Bush responds to allegations against Iranian President-Elect Mahmud Ahmadinejad said to have been a gaoler of US Embassy hostages in 1979. [Ahem. Does the US have an "intelligence" agency which keeps tabs on important Iranian personalities?--Nur]
16:21 Nablus. Al-Aqsa Brigades phone Agence France Presse to announce the excution of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped earlier in the day.
14:55 Brussels. EU bans sale of torture instruments. Spokeswoman Emma Udwin says the ban is symbolic because the trade is minimal.
14:51 Nablus. Al Aqsa Brigades say they have abducted two Israeli soldiers in an anonymous phone call.
11:12 Diwaniah: Polish troops arrest alleged rebels for the yesterday's attack on a Polish patrol.
10:38 Nassiriya. Rebels fired on Italian paratroopers near Nassiriya.
10:27 Beirut: Hezbollah denies engagement with Israeli military along frontier. Hezbollah denies that it has engaged Israeli forces near the Shebaa Farms.
09:21 Tel Aviv. Gaza Strip to be declared military zone to prevent violence between the Israeli military and right-wing settlers.
09:09 Tel Aviv. Israeli forces and Lebanese Hezbollah trade fire along fontier.
08:23 Rome. Italian goverment to brief Parliament on "extraordinary rendition" of suspected terrorist Abu Omar by the CIA in March 2003. Meanwhile, The Washington Post writes that the Italian goverment new of planned abduction. George Tenet and head of Italian intelligenc agency Sismi, Nicolo' Pollari did not directly speak about the affair which is thought to have been confirmed at the highest levels.
07:38 Savannah. Former US hostage of the US Embassy in Teheran accuses Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of being his gaoler.
06:36 Samawah. Blast thought to be mortar fire heard near Japanese base, reports Japanese news agency Kyodo News.