20 July 2005 Events in Iraq
London. UK government proposes international conference on combatting religious extremism.
Canberra. The Mufti of Australia supports expulsion of radical Islamists. Sheikh Taj al-din al- Hilali tells the newspaper, The Australian, that radical Islamists are worse than AIDS.
Rome. Prodi against suspension of the Schengen Accords. Italian opposition leader Romano Prodi opposes suspension of Schenger Accords: The experience of London shows us that there are other solutions.
Paris. Radical imams under surveillance in France. French intelligence is monitoring a dozen radical imams in that country.
Washington. Congressional Republicans asked to codify the current detention policy for prisoners in Guantanamo
New York. UN freezes accounts of Saudi exile group. The UN has frozen the accounts of the Movement for the Reform of Islam in Saudi Arabia, headquartered in London.
Riyadh. The US embassy says it has information on "planned attacks" targeting US citizens in Saudi Arabia.
Jerusalem. The Israeli Knesset rejected several requests for delay of the Gaza pullout.
Khartoum. Condoleezza Rice says that time is running out for making preparations for the Israeli evacuation of Gaza.
Gaza. Seven people were killed in gunfire between Hamas and Fatah near the residences of Security Chief Rashid Abu Shbak and Fatah official Abdallah Franji.
Baghdad. The draft of the new Iraqi Constitution will be presented to Parliament in August, says Houmam Hammoudi, chairman of the drafting committee, saying that President Jalal Talabani and Premier Ibrahim Jaafari received an initial draft yesterday. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that the new Constitution will severly limit women's rights.
Mosul. A policeman was killed by gunmen
Baghdad. Iraqi government protests reports on deaths of civilians. Oxford Research Group and Iraq Body Count claim that more civilians have been killed by the Multinational Force than by the insurgency.
London. Blair says Iraq is not headed towards civil war. UK Prime MInster Tony Blair has rejected statesment that Iraq is headed for civil war during Question Time in the House of Commons. Jordanian Prince Hassan, the paternal uncle of King Abdallah II, told the BBC yesterday that "civil war has begun in Iraq."
Baghdad. Egyptian diplomat may still be alive. Egyptian telecommunications magnate Naguib Sawiris believes that Egyptian chargé d’affaires Ihab esh-Shérifmay still be alive. Cairo confirms that his body has never been found.
Arbil. The PKK is prepared to face the Turkish Army should it enter Iraq. PKK rebels are ready to transform northern Iraq into "hell on earth" should Turkey lauch a cross-border operation to defeat them. We have a certain degree of tolerance for the moment, but we cannot continue like this forever, said Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an official visit to Mongolia. "We must put the PKK problem behind us", he continued. Erdogan believes that international law would authorize a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq as legitimate self-defense against the PKK.
Baghdad. At least eight recruits were killed and 26 wounded when a suicide bomber wearing a bomb vest entered a recruiting center in Mouthanna on Wednesday morning.
Samarra. An Iraqi solider was killed and four others wounded during clashes with insurgents.
Balad. One rebel was killed and two Iraqi soldiers were wounded.
Touz. A truck driver was killed and seven escorts were wounded when two bomb blasts targeted a convoy transporting supplies for the Iraqi Army.
Baiji. Three customers at a gas station were killed and two employees wounded when fights broke out over who was first at the pump.
Dour. An Iraqi businessman, Hadi Saad, 38, working for the US Army was kidnapped in front of his residence.
Moussayeb. Two insurgents suspected in last week's bombing which killed 83 and wounded 151 were killed and a third arrested.
Basrah. Hussein al-Daraji, a member of the Shi'ite Fadhila (Virtue) Party and assistant to the mayor, was shot dead by gunmen who entered his office.
15:18 London. The charges field on Tuesday against three British soldiers for war crimes is only the "tip of the iceberg, says a lawyer for the victims. Lord Goldsmith has said that eight other soliders, including a retired colonel, will face court-martial in the same affair. Donald Payne, 34, a corporal of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment is charged with the murder of Iraqi prisoner Baha Moussa, who died while in the custody of British forces in September 2003 in Basrah. Corporal Wayne Crowcroft, 21, and Soldier Second Class Darren Fallon, 22, both members of the First Batallion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment, are charged with prisoner abutse. General Geoffrey Sheldon of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment says the murder of ,Baha Moussa was a "tragic incident when never should have happened." Among the accused is Col. Jorge Mendonca, who intiated the inquest into the death of Moussa.
15:11 Baghdad. Arrest warrant for Mayor of Baghdad. Ala'a Al Timini is under arrest for adminsitrative corruption and financial fraud, says a report by Radio Nawa.
11:25 Baghdad. Three minutes of silence in the National Assembly commemorating the childrend killed last week in a bombing.
10:15 Baghdad. Sunnis quit committee drafting the Constitution. Four Sunnis have decided to quit the Constitutional Committee. A spokesman for the Sunni political movement, National Iraqi Dialog, says they will longer attend committee meetings.
08:41 Baghdad. Oil pipeline sabotaged north of Baghdad. Guerrillas attacked a pipeline supplying a power station north of Baghdad with mortar rounds.
02:21 Gaza. Cease-fire concluded between Hamas and al-Fatah.