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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Monday, June 06, 2005

6 June 2005 Events in Iraq

Karbala. Shites debate forming three super-provinces, one uniting Bassora, Nassiriyah and Amara Provinces, a second joining Kerbala, Babylon and Wasset and a third uniting Najaf, Diwaniyah and Samawa. The plans were denounced by Sheik Mohammed Hussein al-Omeidi, who is close to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Washington. Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington to ask President Bush to crack down on PKK militants in Iraq.

Damascus. Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam resigns.

Jerusalem. Israeli police broke up a demonstration of hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinians on the Esplanade of the Mosques as 10 to 15 extremists Israelis made an unauthorized visit pretending to be tourists.

Baghdad. Four separate suicide bombings between Baghdad and Tikrit kill one Iraqi and wound 14.

Ramadi. US forces say they discovered 50 arms caches in al-Anbar Province.

Baghdad. Gunmen killed an Egyptian with U.S. citizenship in western Baghdad. The victim, identified as Ahmed Kamal, was shot dead Sunday while driving his car. Zaki said Kamal worked as a contractor with Iraq's Electricity Ministry.

Basrah. Kazem Shelash, a senior member of the disbanded Baath Party in Basra, was killed by two gunmen in a speeding car outside his shop in downtown Basrah.

Baghdad. Government security forces charged with overzealous behavior by security forces in searches carried out as part of Operation Lighting.

Baghdad. Australia's top Sunni Muslim cleric, who is in Iraq trying to negotiate the release of Australian hostage and Douglas Wood, 63, said Monday he has seen footage of the captive indicating that he is alive.

18:37 Baghdad. Contrary to recent statements by Iraqi government officials, the Iraqi Special Tribunal says that no date has been fixed for the trial of Saddam Hussein.

17:04 A huge sandstorm blanketed Baghdad Monday, sending more than 250 people to the capital's hospitals with respiratory problems.

16:07 Baghdad. Iraqi government offers bounty of $50,000 for the capture of Abu Abdallah al-Shaffei, leader of Ansar al-Sunna.

15:44 Najaf. SCIRI member Ammar Hakim says he opposes the annexation of Kirkuk by Kurdistan.

15:38 Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt said on Monday that Israel was dragging its feet in handing over three West Bank cities to Palestinian security control, as agreed in a Palestinian-Israeli truce declared in February. Egyptian presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad also said Israeli demands that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismantle Palestinian factions were "not realistic and not practical".

14:53 Baghdad. Former dictator Saddam Hussein will stand trial for a range of charges, from gassing thousands of Kurds to executing political and religious leaders, according to a list of the cases against him obtained from the special tribunal Monday. The tribunal will also hear the case against 11 of his henchmen.

13:04 Baghdad. 400-man Bulgarian contingent begins pullout. Meanwhile, the United Nations asks that 120 remain to guard UN installations.

12:40 Mosul. Mortar fire directed at a police station in Mosul kills six civilians, including two children.

10:19 Baghdad. Car bomb kills three in the Amel district of the capital. Three other police were wounded.

08:25 Tikrit. Four Iraqi soliders killed in a carbombing.

08:17 Baghdad. US says it foiled a terrorist attack on Baghdad in which one suspect was killed. No details.

08:12 Washington. Condoleezza Rice to travel to Middle East on an official visit on June 18.

07:20 Kirkuk. US soldier killed by roadside bomb in Taamim Province.

06:45 Washington. Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware proposes the closing of Guantanamo prison.


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