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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Friday, July 01, 2005

1 July 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle near the offices of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's Islamic Dawa Party, killing one person and injuring at least four more. Al-Jaafari was not there at the time, party official Ayad al-Nedawi said.

Baghdad. Five masked gunmen stormed the Saad ibn Abi Waqqas Mosque (Sunni) in Baghdad and kidnapped the imam, Sheik Amer al-Tikriti, police said.

Baghdad. The city's mayor, Alaa Mahmoud al-Timimi, threatened to quit unless the government provides more money to repair the city's frayed infrastructure. Efforts to expand Baghdad's water supplies were set back last month when insurgents sabotaged a pipeline near Baghdad. Al-Timimi wants US$1.5 billion from the Iraqi national government for Baghdad in 2005 but so far has received only US$85 million said his spokesman, Ameer Ali Hasson.

Baghdad. The aide to Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, Kamal Ezz al-Deen al-Ghuraifi, was shot as he left al-Doreen mosque after leading Friday prayers, according to his son, Hamid Kamal. Police confirmed the attack. Gunmen in a speeding car sprayed him with machine guns Mahmoud said. Two bodyguards were also killed and another four were wounded, he added. Al-Ghuraifi, in his 60s, had been a Baghdad representative of al-Sistani for the past decade. Two other al-Sistani aides were killed in recent weeks.

Baghdad. Gunmen killed an Iraqi Defense Ministry civilian employee in a drive-by shooting in west Baghdad, police said.

Ramadi. A roadside bomb intended for a U.S. Marine convoy in Ramadi caused no U.S. casualties but killed two civilians and wounded two others.

New Baghdad. A roadside bomb missed a U.S. military convoy in the New Baghdad district but killed a civilian and wounded three others.

Hit. U.S. Marines conducting raids aimed at disrupting foreign fighter networks defused nine roadside bombs with trigger wires to a school on Friday, a day after a light armored vehicle struck a mine, injuring six Marines.

Beirut. Russia concerned by resurgence of border violence between Lebanon and Israel. Russian embassy in Beirtu distributes communiqué expressing concerned over the tense situation in south Lebanon.

Beirut. Prime Minister-designate Fouad Siniora as concluded consultations and will annnounce his government shortly. Meanwhile Maronite Christian leader Michel Aoun has demanded four ministerial portfolios.

Ramallah. Nine Israeli and Palestininan demonstrators and an Israeli solider were injured in clashes during a protest against the Israeli security wall.

Jerusalem. The Israeli military has denied the kidnapping of two Israeli soliders by Palestinian militants.

Damascus. Syria's only opposition group, the Atassi Forum, invites all Syrians to support its efforts urging reforms.

Damascus. As a gesture of goodwill, Syria has stepped up surveillance aong its 700 km. border with Iraq. However, a Syrian spokesmen says the US is not disposed to work in cooperation with Syria on border security and that it wishes to isolate the country.

Paris. French government officials have announced that they do not intend to freeze Syrian assets following the example of Washington.

Baghdad. A Defense Ministry employee has been kidnapped.

Amman. Saddam Hussein's novel sells out. In the popular bazaars of the Jordanian capital, Saddam Hussein's 186-page swashbuckler novel, published underground, is a sellout. Athough the novel was officially banned, the brisk sales are likely to sour relations between Baghdad and Amman.

Baghdad. New US ambassador hospitalized. Zalmay Khalilzad has been hospitalized since Thursday with a respiratory ailment, says Embassy Spokeswoman Julie Reside.

Baghdad. A civilian employee of the Iraqi Defense Ministry was assassinated when rebels opened fire on his car.

Baghdad. The electric turbines for the Tarmiya Water Purification Plan north of the capital were sabotaged.

Mosul. Seven people were killed, including five police and two soldiers in three separate attacks.

Mosul. A program producer for al-Iraqiya public television was kidnapped.

23:59 New York. The Iraqi Ambassador to the UN, Samir Sumaidaie, issued a vigorous protest and demanded an inquest into the death of his cousin, killed by Marines in his home town in Iraq. Mr. Sumaidaie affirms that his cousin, Mohammed al-Sumaidaie, 21, was shot to death inside his father's home in a village near Haditha when it was searched by Marines on June 25.

20:49 Washington. The White House said on Friday it has unearthed no evidence so far to support assertions by former American captives that Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was involved in the 1979 siege of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Two leading members who engineered the siege, Abbad Abdi and Mohsen Mirdamadi, have also denied the reports.

20:19 Baghdad. The US Embassy has had contacts with rebel representatives, but claimed it never knew the individuals were rebels [WTF?--Nur].

19:50 Beirut. Abir Mohammed Harb, a 32 year-old divorcée and mother of a 3 year-old child was seriously wounded when a grenade wired to the driver's door of her car exploded in the seaside resort of Khaldé south of Beirut. The woman has no political connections.

19:48 West Bank. Israeli settlers in Kadim on the northern West Bank who are to be evacuated this summer organized a farewell ceremony as more than half the settlers have abandoned their homes for which they received an indemnity of between $300,000 and $400,000 per household.


Blogger MommyCool said...

Suicide bombings and more deaths in Iraq. Parents can’t escape the news. Was it this hard for America’s forefathers to build a democracy? Eyebrows are lifting in ancient graves at the question. To visualize a future generation of happy, peacefully co-existing Arab neighbors, who are weathy in their own resources and positive world contributors makes the effort seem worth the cost. Yet, while parents can nicely wrap that package in a bow for their children, it’s hard for a thinking mind to embrace. wants Iraq’s MommyCools to be able to live in peace and embrace their dreams. MommyCool is saddened this goal means the loss of so many Daddies and sons (and some Mommies, too).

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Blogger Traveller said...

OT: Nur -- take a look at this update on the Italian kidnapping and see what you think. For me, it was like going back to the days when I read Eric Ambler and Alan Furst spy novels with obscure, nefarious doings in Turkey, Albania, Georgia, etc!

3:12 PM  

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