12 July Events in Iraq and in the Region
Baghdad. Iraqi government shortens curfew in capital by one hour.
Kirkuk. Three people were killed and 14 wounded in a suicide carbombing.
Baghdad. Four police were killed in separate incidends in Baghdad, Baïji and Baquba.
Tel Afar. A civilian was killed and nine wounded during clashes in the city. However, hospital sources say that the figure was 5 killed, including a child, and 18 wounded.
Baghdad. US soldier wounded in bombing dies.
Mosul. One policeman and four rebels were killed and another policeman wounded in clashes in the city. Three rebels were arrested.
Fallujah. US troops shot dead an Iraqi soldier who "failed to stop at a roadblock."
Baghdad. The Iraqi Defense Ministry annnouced that recruits killed by the suicide bombing at Mouthana Air Base would be considered full-time soldiers and that their families would receive death benefits.
Samarra. US forces arrested Sheikh Talal Abdelkarim al-Matar, chieftain of the al-Soud tribe, and a tribal counselor.
Geneva. The University Institute for Advanced International Studies, a Swiss institution, says 39,000 Iraqis have been killed in violence-related incidents since the US invation in March 2003.
Baghdad. Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi rejects criticism leveled at him by his former mentor, Sheikh Abu Mohammed Maqdissi.
Mosul. Kurdish rebels kidnap a Turkish policeman. Five PKK militiamen set up a roadblock on a major highway in Turkey near the Iraqi border, stopping 40 cars and robbing their occupants. They also kidnapped a policeman.
London. Police have identified the remains of four British-born men responsible for the 7 July bombing. The blasts were likely caused by suicide bombers.
London. Several mosques vandalized across Britian. Two mosques in London and others in Leeds, Telford, Bristol and Birkenhead were slightly damaged by fire or vandalism.
Bradford (UK). The Pakistani consulate is damaged by fire.
23:51 President George W. Bush demands the release of jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, who is on a hunger strike.
23:29 Washington. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stated that Iran could be behind the suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel. [Blowing smoke; what an ass!--Nur]
23:27 Washington. The Senate will hold several hearings on the future of Iraq next week, announced Sen. Richard Lugar. Next Monday senators will question three US academics "if the coalition should revise its counterinsurrection strategy". A July 20th hearing will focus on economic aid to Iraqi provinces and efforts to prevent the sabotage of oil installations.
23:19 Washington. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said a pullout from Iraq is "plausible".
23:17 Washington. Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino says he did not discuss the Milan kidnapping of Abu Omar by US intelligence in his meetings with Donald Rumsfeld.
21:00 Baghdad. Four persons were killed when armed men attacked a construction company, killing the owner, an Iraqi humanitarian aid worker and two employees.
17:50 Netanya. Bombing targets shopping center. Several are wounded
17:26 Teheran. Teheran to restart uranium enrichment. In an interview with the conservative daily Kayhan, negotiator Hossein Moussavian said that he was convinced that the moment when Iran would lift the suspension of its nuclear activities is "very near."
16:53 Baghdad. Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi called for the continued murder of Shi'ites: They put onuniforms of the police and infidel guards. They give their loyalty to the crusaders. With all this, we may kill them.
16:51 Tunis. Eight months following his death, the theory of Yassir Arafat's poisoning by Israel continues to have credence in Palestinian circles. In confirmation, Fatah leader Farouk Kaddoumi emphatically said in Tunis that that Arafat was poisoned by the Israelis. I can categorically state that Abu Ammar (Arafat's nom de guerre) was poisoned, citing doctors who had examined Arafat in Paris. The poison was contained in his food and medicine. Arafat's personal physician, Jordanian Ashraf Al-Kurdi, affirmed that Abou Ammar showed symptoms of poisoning, added Mr. Kaddoumi. However, the nephew of Yasser Arafat, Nasser al-Qidwa, in possession of Arafat's death report, admits that French doctors had discovered no trace of toxic substances.
16:50 Jerusalem. PM Ariel Sharon announced that following the Gaza pullout, there would be no more further "disengagement": I want to make it clear that there will be no further disengagement and that there is no second phase. The international community insists that the Gaza pullout be followed up by the evacuation of four small settlements on the West Bank.
16:05 Nottingham. A Pakistani is killed in a suspected racist slaying.
15:48 Leeds. British police evacuated an entire neighborhood in Leeds, West Yorkshire. British police evacuated the Burley quarter of Leeds to carry out a "controlled explosion." Police have staked out a home of a family suspected of having a connection to the London bombings.
15:35 Moscow. Russia condemns attempt on life of Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr.
15:31 Beirut. Traffic paralyzed on border with Syria as customs inspections conduct a "strike of zeal." Some analysts believe it is a Syrian reaction to the pullout of its troops from Lebanon while others say that officials are zealously observing Washington's insistence that Syria step up its border security. Lebanon exports through Syria account for $145 million a year, or 10 per cent of the total.
15:12 Damascus. Security measures have been stepped up along Syrian-Lebanese border, said Syrian customs officials at Jdaïdé along the Lebanese border. Inspector Omar Shehab Issa told AFP the following: We have stepped up our searches for reasons of secuirty. Circumstances within Lebanon require us to be more vigilant...suspicious cars are carefully searched...The inspection of a truck can take up to 10 hours. Every hour of every day more than 15 trucks loaded with inflammable products cross the frontier. A line of trucks extends 12 kilometers in a no-man's land which separates the Lebanese crossing at Masnaa from that of Syria at Jdaïdet Yabous, in Syrian territory. Transit through Syria is a necessary passage for the export of Lebanese goods to other Arab countries.
14:33 Beirut. Pro-Syrian Defense Minister Elias Murr (al-Mur), 43, was wounded in a carbombing targeting his convoy, killing two persons.