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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Saturday, July 02, 2005

2 July 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. A suicide bomber killed 20 and wounded 21 in an attack on a police recruiting station in the Mansour district of Baghdad. The bombing occurred during a funeral procession for slain Shi'ite imam Kamal Ezz al-Deen al-Ghuraifi.

Mahmoudiya. A carbomb killed at least 5 and wounded 12 at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad.

Mosul. A police colonel was shot dead.

Moussayib. Police colonel was shot dead.

Baiji. Two pipeline security guards were shot dead.

Siniya. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and four civilians wounded in a mortar attack on a US-Iraqi military installation 9 km west of Baiji.

Balad. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded when insurgents attacked a military recruiting center.

Adhaim. A civilian was killed and two others wounded in clashes between Iraqi government forces and insurgents.

Kirkuk. Two oilfield security guards, a woman and a civilian were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on their taxi.

Kirkuk. A former captain in the Iraqi intelligence service, Sabah Abdallah al-Taï, was shot dead in front of his shop in south Kirkuk.

Hawija. US forces arrested General Aref Nayef al Obeid, commander of the 8th Army Division under Saddam Hussein.

Mahmoudiyah. Car bomb explodes next to a bank, killing one and wounding three.

23:34 Riyadh. PM Tony Blair traveled to Saudi Arabia to urge the support of that country for a plan aiding Palestinians as the Gaza pullout approaches.

23:06 Bern. Swiss authorities have demanded an explanation from the United States on the death of a Swiss national who was stopped at a US-manned checkpoint in Baghdad.

22:44 Kalinigrad. Vladimir Putin will French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on Sunday to discuss non-proliferation and the Iranian nuclear question.

22:29 Baghdad. The Iraqi Minister for Mines and Minerals escaped an assassintation attempt but four of his guards were wounded. Armed men opened fire on the convoy of Ossama al-Najafi in the Amariya quarter of west Baghdad. One convoy vehicle car fire and was completely burned.

21:58 Baghdad. A physician said to be specializing in kidnapping and prisoner interrogation was arrrested by Iraqi forces. Safa Ali Shiad Mashoul, alias Dr. Moshen or Abu Saïf, was arrested on June 21st. Mashoul worked with Sami Ammar Hamid Mahmoud, aka Abu Akil, a suspected al-Qaeda member.

21:44 Baghdad. A video released by the Iraqi al-Qaeda organization shows two attacks in which 20 US soldiers were killed, reports al-Jazeera. The video shows rebels attacking US convoys in Ramadi and Saqlawiha, west of Baghdad. No date was given. The incident are unconfirmed.

21:22 Hilla. Four police were killed and 26 wounded in two suicide bombings. In one bombing, a man with a suicide vest blew himself up in front of a police buiding. A second detonated his payload in front of the Rapid Reaction Force headquarters in the center of Hilla.

20:49 Paris. The association Reporters Without Borders released a communiqué saying 61 press professionals had been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the conflict. With the death of Iraqi producer Khaled Sabih Al Attar, the total is now 61.

17:50 Teheran. A top former secret agent said Saturday that the hostage-taker in a photograph that has recently come under intense scrutiny is not President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but a former militant who committed suicide in jail. Saeed Hajjarian, a top adviser to outgoing President Mohammad Khatami, identified the man in the photo dating to the 1979 U.S. Embassy siege as Taqi Mohammadi.

17:50 Vienna. An Austrian politician, ecologist Peter Pilz, accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of complicity in the 1989 assassination of three Kurdish exiles in Vienna. Pilz, a spokesman for the Green Party says he has documents which prove that Ahmadinejad was involved in the assassination of Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou and two other Kurdish leaders in Vienna. Meanwhile in Washington, the White House says it has no proof in the involvement of Ahmadinejad in the Teheran US Embassy takeover in 1979. A Kurdish militant, Hossein Yazdan Panah, told the press that A few days before the assassination of Ghassemlou, Ahmadinejad was in Vienna and handed Ghassemlou's assassins weapons from Iran. At the time of his death, Ghassemlou was a professor of Economics in Prague.

17:48 Rafah Several dozen militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades occupied municipal council chambers in Rafah, demanding jobs for the unemployed.

17:30 Jerusalem. Israël has condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' effort to include armed factions in the political process. Mark Regev, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, says all "terrorist" groups must be disarmed.

17:21 Jerusalem Israeli police say they have been unable to track down three Israelis who attempted to lynch a Palestinian. Hilal Zyad al-Majaïda was saved from the lynching party by an Israeli journalist.

16:59 Najaf. U.S. forces in Iraq on Saturday released a close aide to Moqtada al-Sadr. Mohammed al-Tabtabaei had spent a year in detention at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, but was freed without charge, they said. He was detained during the first of two uprisings mounted last year by Sadr across Shi'ite southern Iraq.

16:33 Baghdad. The leader of Iraq's biggest Shiite political group warned Saturday against sectarian strife and called on the Iraqi government to exert more efforts in their fight with militants. Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as SCIRI, made the call a day after gunmen killed a prominent Shiite cleric.

16:20 Mosul. Twelve bodies recovered in Mosul in separate areas of the city. All were killed by a bullet to the brain.

16:16 Baghdad. Eleven people were wounded, including three police, in a carbombing in the Mashtal district in southeast Baghdad.

16:06 Washington. In his Saturday radio address, President George W. Bush reaffirmed that US troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely.

15:45 Baghdad. U.S. Marines said they were checking to see whether they had killed a cousin of Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations in a raid last week. Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie said Marines shot dead his first cousin's son, Mohammed al-Sumaidaie, an engineering student, during a June 25 raid on his home in Al-Shaikh Hadid, near a U.S. military base at Haditha Dam.


Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Revealed: grim world of new Iraqi torture camps

Secret torture chambers, the brutal interrogation of prisoners, murders by paramilitaries with links to powerful ministries... Foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont in Baghdad uncovers a grim trail of abuse carried out by forces loyal to the new Iraqi government

You can read the full thing here:,6903,1520136,00.html

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