29 July Events in Iraq and in the Region
Baghdad. One U.S. soldier died on Thursday when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a single-vehicle accident off base in central Baghdad around 11:30 p.m.
Basrah. An Iranian lieutenant and a solider were arrested by Iraqi border guards when they crossed the border into Iraq.
Baghdad. Deep differences continue to divide the committee drafting the Iraqi Constitution, notably federalism, distribution of wealth between the central goverernment and the regions, the role of Islam and even the name of the country. I fear that even in six month we cannot resolve so many complicated things, said Salah al-Moutlaq, spokesman for the Council on National Dialog, a Sunni organization. Kurdish member Mahmoud Osman, joked about US pressure on the committee to finish its work on time: The Americans are merely interested in fast food and a fast Constitution.
Baghdad. The head of the Iraqi Waqf, Adnan Doulaïmi, was fired by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari for his increasingly frequent declarations concerning the arrest and assassination of Sunnis by Iraqi security forces.
Baghdad. Moqtada Sadr says he has gathered one million signatures on a petition demanding the pullout of foreign troops from Iraq.
Washington. The Inspector-General for Reconstruction in Iraq, Stuart Bowen, confirms that millions of dollars have been siphoned off by US officials and contractors. The US has granted $23 billion in reconstruction money for Iraq.
Baghdad. Sheikh Faisal Khazali, chieftain of the Khazal tribe, was shot dead behind the wheel of his car while driving though the al-Alam districe of southwest Baghdad
23:46 San Salavdor. Salvador has decided to keep its contingent in Iraq for another 12 months. The participation of Salvador in the Iraq war is important for the United States because the conflict is very unpopular in Latin America. Norman Quijano, an MP reprenting the Parti Arena (right wing, currently in power), made the announcement. Salvador has 380 soldiers in Iraq. Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic removed their troops after the Spanish pullout last year
23:30 Washington. The CIA has concluded that newly-elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not the hostage-takers shown in an old photo of the beseiged US Embassy in Teheran dating from 1979 and pulished last month in the US media.
22:31 Washington. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice phoned French FM Philippe Douste-Blazy to discuss the results of her trip to the Middle East. [This was likely some howling about Lebanon's refusal to disarm Hezbollah--Nur]
20:37 Baghdad. Three people were killed and 17 wounded when a carbomb targeted an outdoor bar along the Tigris. The vehicle expolded near a bridge in the Sunni Adhamiyah quarter and set three parked cars ablaze.
18:50 Rome. A suspect in the 21 July attempted bombings in London Osman Hussain, was arrested in a apartment close to the central railway station in Rome. He was in his brother-in-law's apartment. British police informed the Italian agency Ucigos that a cellphone registered to Hussein had been used in Italy. Italian police did not expect to find both Hussein and his brother-in-law.
16:07 Rome. The Italian Senate has adoped a new anti-terrorism law granting the military power of arrest and detention.
16:07 Karachi. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced that 1,400 foreign students studying at some of Pakistan's 10,000 madrassas are ordered out of country. Musharraf also said that no visas for religious study in Pakistan would be granted.
15:54 The Hague. The United States has asked Dutch authorities to extradite a Dutchman of Iraqi descent suspected of helping plot attacks on American convoys in Iraq, the Justice Ministry said Friday. Wasem al Delaema, aka Wesam Khalaf Shayed Delaeme, was arrested in May during a raid on his home in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. U.S. authorities informed the Netherlands on Wednesday that they want to prosecute al Delaema in the United States and have asked Dutch prosecutors to drop their case against him. he US has demanded the extradition of a Dutch citizen of Iraqi origin, Wesam al Delaema, suspected of involvement in attacks on the US military in Iraq. Delaeme had fought in Falloujah, according to the US Justice Dept. This is the first time the US Justice Department has pursued an individual for alleged terrorist activities in Iraq.
15:45 Baghdad. Hundreds of Iraqis protested arbitrary arrests and police brutality. The protest was called by the Islamic Party. Over 1,000 Sunni protesters accused the government of pursuing sectarian policies and torturing and killing in "the new Iraq of fire and steel". Simulating torture, they dressed up as soldiers and used drills, wooden clubs and electric wires to act out what they said were the techniques used by government forces against them.T he protest took place outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi government and Western embassies.
15:37 London. Police arrest two presumed terrorists responsible for the bungled bombings of 21 July.
15:32 London. Iraq's Kurds want at least partial control over northern oil resources in a post-war political system that ends uneven distribution of wealth, Planning Minister Barham Salih said on Friday. If this succeeds, foreign oil firms will have to negotiate about developing fields in the country with the second largest reserves in the world with provincial governments eager to raise their share of oil revenue, as well as with central government. We call for allowing the provinces to participate in managing the oil sector because the strict central system of managing it has proved its failure, said Salih, who was in Amman after meeting British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London. A senior Shi'ite official, who declined to be named, told Reuters the oil devolution scheme was likely to succeed, although there was concern it could increase the politicization of the sector and rob it of direction.
15:30 London. Liverpool Street station closed.
14:28 Gaza. Two UN aid workers, an Australian woman and a Palestinian were kidnapped by masked men in front of a hotel in Gaza.
14:04 Mossul. A suicide bomber killed a group of 25 police recruits in Mosul and wounded 35. Police said the attack occurred outside a municipal building in Rabiaa, a town 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Mosul, Iraq's third largest city and a focus of an 18-month-old insurgent campaign against U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces.
13:16 Diyarbakir (Turkey). A bomb explodes under a car in the city of Hakkari in southeast Turkey. One person is killed.
13:12 Baghdad. Special tribunal questions Saddam Hussein for 45 minutes on suppression of the Shi'ites in the south in 1991.
10:40 Mosul. Nth lieutenant of al-Zarqawi arrested. Ammar Abu Bara, aka Amar Hussein Hasan was arrested on Wednesday
09:00 Haditha. U.S. and Iraqi forces killed nine insurgents, including five Syrian fighters, in a small village northwest of Baghdad. The insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at a U.S. and Iraqi patrol.