8 June 2005 Events in Iraq
Ramallah. Abbas meets with Jack Straw. Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas met with Jack Straw, who told the press that Hamas would remain in the British list of terrorist groups. Straw also met with Palestinian Foreign Minister Nasser al-Qidwa and Prime Minister Ahmed Qoreï. Straw met with Ariel Sharon in the evening.
Ramallah. Abbas meets Quartet representative James Wolfensohn. Abbas demanded the reopening of Gaza Airport and "certain passage" between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Abbas also insisted on a complete Israeli pullout as well as the details of the evacuation. Before talks with Mr. Abbas, Mr. Wolfensohn also met with Prime Minister Ahmed Qoreï.
Beirut. The Secretary General of Lebanese Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said today there was a US-Israel plan to sow discord throughout the region by stirring up religious and ethnic tensions. The aim would be to weaken all the states in the region with the exception of Israel. Nasrallah affirmed that the US objective was not the disarming of Hezbollah but of any and all resistance.
Beirut. Turkish Premier Raja Tayip Erdogan to make a stop in Beirut tomorrow following his talks with President Bush.
Washington. President George W. Bush and Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to settle their differences after the discord over the Iraq war. Mr. Erdogan said he had detailed discussions on Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus with Mr. Bush. No mention was made of Turkey's possible entry into the EU. Meanwhile, a White House spokesman indicated that the Americans would pressure the Kurds to act against the PKK. There was no official statement, however.
Al Qaim. 70 suspected rebels were arrested near the Syrian border.
Baghdad. Shi'ites argue that government posts be filled by militants. Out of gratitude for the effort, sacrifice and heroism of our brothers and brave sons of the Badr Organisation...we must give them the priority in bearing administrative and government responsibilities, especially in the security field, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim of SCIRI told a conference held in Baghdad on Wednesday to honour Badr. It is necessary to involve all the forces who fought against the régime de Saddam Hussein in government institutions to defend the Iraqi people: Shi'ites, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, said Hakim, referring to the Badr organization and Kurdish peshmergas.
Baghdad. Iraq's Sunnis have requested the addition of another seven Sunni members to the committee charged with drafting the new Constitution. If their demand is not met, they intend on boycotting the process. Meanwhile, a report issued by the International Crisis Group says more time is need to draft the nation's fundamental law. The 15 August deadline will not permit the necessary work to be done.
23:59 New York. The United Nations presented a report to the Security Council saying between 6 and 10 thousand prisoners were in US hands most of whom are held in very poor conditions. All are being held without charge or legal representation.
23:20 Fallujah. Marines arrest 19 security contractors working for Zapata Engineering, including 16 US citizens, after they fired on positions held by US forces. Lt Col. Dave Lapan says the men were armed and riding in late-model late-model trucks and sport utility vehicles when they fired on US Marines. Marines noticed that the passengers were also shooting up civilians cars parked in the street. The vehicles were stopped when spiked strips were thrown across the road. They were taken to Baghdad and the contractors' weapons and vehicles were impounded by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service as part of an investigation. The incident occurred in May.
23:19 Los Angeles. Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of former Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, will go on a three-day hunger strike in support of Iranian political prisoners.
23:11 Berlin. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seems to leave door open to negotiation with the Iraqi insurgency, underscoring Iraqi-driven political reconciliation, after talks with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.
19:03 Kabul. Taliban launches mortar attack on US base in Shkin in southeast Afghanistan, killing 2 US soldiers and wounding 8 others, including civilians.
18:58 The Hague. Three Iraqis and a Dutchman were arrested in Holland in an investigation of guerrilla attacks on US military vehicles in Iraq. A Dutch citizen was arrested in Amersfoot, Holland, after being noticed in an insurgent video preparing an attack. The three Iraqis were beteen 20 and 25 years of age were also arrested. Police confiscated video files, photographic film, arms, ammunition and photographs showing suicide attacks.
17:57 Rawa. Twenty-two Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped.
17:12 San Francisco. The FBI claims it has arrested two suspected members of al-Qaeda. A 23 year-old man and his father were arrested. One of them had gone to a training camp in Pakistan in 2003 and 2004.
16:23 London. Weapons found in Iraqi Embassy, abandoned since 2003. The new Iraqi ambassador to the UK, Dr Salah al-Shaikhly, told BBC radio that the four machine guns, several Uzis and ten revolvers with silencers were found. [Anyone think there are arms at the US Embassy, besides the anti-missile battery on the rooftop?--Nur]
11:12 Baquba: Carbomb in gasoline service station: 3 dead. At least three civilians are dead after a motorist pulls up, parks car and walks away before the blast.
11:00 Baiji. Kirkik-Ceyhan pipeline sabotaged. Hugh clouds of smoke were seen billowing towards the sky.
06:44 Baghdad: US military announces the death of three US soldiers in two suicide bombings in northern Iraq.
01:47 Cairo: OPEC prepared to raise production. OPEC President Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah says the organization is prepared to raise production by 500,000 barrels per day if the price continues to rise. Current OPEC production is set at a ceiling of 27.5 million barrels per day.