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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Thursday, July 07, 2005

7 July 2005 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Tel-Aviv. An Israeli delegation is expected in Washington to negotiate a request for hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the Gaza pullout. The total cost is expected to be $1.75 billion (8 billion shekels).

Gaza. Hundreds of Israeli soliders have received letters urging them to disobey Gaza evacuation orders.

Tel-Aviv. Three Israeli border guards sentenced for aggression. Three Israeli border guards admitted to beating and robbing Palestinians last year and were sentenced to 10 months in prison. While armed and in uniform, but off-duty, they beat and robbed eight Palestinians in a home in Lod, near Tel-Aviv.

Brussels. Campaign against the Israeli "Security Wall." Pro-Palestinian and Social Forum activists have launched a European campaign against the Security wall. In the next sixteen months they plan to gather 3 million signatures demanding sanctions on Israel.

Baghdad. Iraqi Interior Minister Bayane Baqer Soulagh has announced the arrest of eight high-ranking police officers and men of the 2nd Brigade for ties to al-Zarqawi and for planning to bomb the Interior Ministry building.

Teheran. Teheran to train Iraqi armed forces. This is a new chapter in our relations with Iraq. We are going to begin a vast defense cooperation program, said Iranian Defense Minister, Admiral Ali Shamkhani during a press conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Doulaimi. We are going to form joint commissions for demining, identification of war dead, and the training and modernization of the Iraqi Army, said al-Doulaimi, ruling out any armed intervention by Washington. No one may prevent us from making this pact, he continued. Iraq is attempting to better relations with all its Muslim neighbors and had decided to ignore the advice of the Americans. No one may dictate to Iraq how it should manage its relations with other nations, said the Iraqi Foriegn Minister at the Iranian Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Teheran. Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Doulaimi praises improving relations between Iraq and Iran. Teheran has offered one billion euros in reconstruction money to Baghdad. The January election victory by the Shi'ite has permitted this rapprochement. Premier Ibrahim al-Jaafari will make an official visit to Teheran next week.

23:53 Gleneagles. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said his government would not pull their troops out of Iraq following the London bombings.

23:37 Damascus. The leaders of Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced that they have refused to partipate in a national unity government in Palestine after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

23:10 Amman. A delegation of Jordanian police has left for Syria to discuss the fate of two Jordanians arrested in Damascus. Jordanians are interested in the arrests of Sharif Aïed Saïd Smadi and Mohammad Islam Ben Abdel Rahman Ahmad Smadi, sought in Jordan for armed robbery. The Smadi brothers ran a criminal organization known as Tawahin al-Adwan and escaped from custody in 2004 as they were being escorted from the jail to the courtroom.

22:18 Washington. US military medical staff who witnessed prisoner abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo did not report it to higher-ups. General Kevin Kiley said only 32 out of 1,000 medical personnel witnessed any abuse and of that total, 26 reported it to their superiors. A June article in the New England Journal of Medecine stated that prisoners medical histories were systematically used in Guantanamo to exploit prisoners' weaknesses, in violation of medical secrecy.

22:18 Amman. The Jordanian government condemns the execution of Egyptian chargé d'affaires in Baghdad, Ihab al-Chérif

20:12 Warsaw. Polish President expresses shock at London bombings.

19:31 London. Residents Edgware Road blame the Iraq War and its Western promoters for the bombings. 40 year-old phone store owner Arif opines: there are fools everywhere who'd do anything to kill people. But the government's foreign policy is also responsible. Chasey, 52, an Afghani who has lived in London for 30 years, shouts as US tourists asssembled nearby: Your government had best leave, they're the cause of all this. Bush and the UK. They're responsible. At a nearby hotel a man climbs on a soapbox: Muslims had nothing to do with the bombings: Personally, I think Bush, Blair and their pals are responsible, he says to applause. It's a conspiracy.

19:20 Baghdad. A Shi'a imam and his brother attacked by gunmen who opened fire on their vehicle. The attack occurred on the Al-Bouaitha Bridge in Baghdad. Sheikh Hachim Attiyah al-Fadhli died from a bullet wound to the head; his brother Wali Attiyah was gravely wounded.

19:19 Kuwait. Gulf monarchies condemn bombings in London.

18:58 Mosul. Mortar fire was directed at government headquarters in Mosul, killing 3 and wounding 53. A dozen mortar rounds miss government building and land in a crowded neighborhood.

18:35 Baghdad. A group linked to Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi says it has executed a high-ranking Iraqi Interior Ministry Official: The Mohammad Ben Moslama Unit has assassinated Commander Kadhem Jassem Mohammad, a high-ranking officer in the Department of Security.

18:13 Copenhagen. Denmark says troops to remain in Iraq. Meanwhile Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemns "barbaric bombings" in London.

18:04 Washington. US imposes Orange Alert on transportation sector.

17:02 Cairo. Arab League expresses "deepest regret" at bombings in London.

15:39 Baghdad. Egyptian ambassador executed by group linked ot Abu Musa al Zarqawi.

15:17 Cairo. The imam of al-Azhar and Muslim Brotherhood condemn bombings. Iman Mohamed Sayed Tantaui of al-Azhar condemns any operation targeting civilians in London. Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mohamed Habib condemns and denounces London bombings.

15:16 London. Queen Elizabeth II expresses sorrow for the bombing victims "on behalf of the entire nation."

15:00 Gleneagles. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expresses profound sorrow at events in London.

13:47 Vatican City. Pope deplores bombing: An inhuman and anti-Christian act.

12:37 London. 50 dead in Euston station.

11:54 London. Underground trains trapped at Edgware Road station.

11:40 Rome. Italian parliament suspends business.

11:39 London. Seven dead in Aldgate station.

11:32 London. Bus destroyed by three explosions.

11:29 London. Stock market dives by 1.72% .

11:19 London. Bus destroyed by blast in Tavistock Square.

10:56 London. People flee Aldgate station. Passengers use umbrellas to break glass in Underground train.

10:46 London. Underground shut down after two blasts.

10:39 London. Second explosion in London Underground. Blast at Edgware Road station in the north of the city.

10:33 London. The blast on the London Underground has wounded several persons.

10:30 London. Underground station evacuated. Electrical fire suspected.

10:21 London. Blast reported in financial district. BBC reports blast on the Underground between Aldgate and Liverpool Street.

10:00 Tikrit. The Chairman of the Salahuddin Provincial Council was killed behind the wheel of his car.

09:41 Hilla. A carbomb detonated near a market in HIlla, killing 13 and wounding 27.

09:08 Bristol. Anarchists broke into Blair's appartment in Bristol.

08:30 Kirkuk. Iraqi killed by premature explosion of car bomb.

08:15 Baghdad. 2 US soldiers wounded by roadside bomb in Sadr City.

07:30 Baghdad. Bomb targets US convoy in Sadr city.

04:40 Sydney. Prime Minister John Howard says Australia will increase the number of troops deployed to Afghanistan. Afghani Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah made the request last week while in Canberra.


Anonymous Carsten Christiansen said...

I got a text message from my neighbour mark and you are in his contact book list with the name "Mark from Ireland."

Mark is in London now. I translate it underneath:

Update 3:

Hi Everybody,

Brother released hospital London. Fairly severe laceration glass and left arm broken.

Sister in law now concious. Severe skull fractures, broken right collar bone, both legs broken, was six months pregnant miscarried in ambulance - child born dead.

Nephew is one big bruise from head to toes but is otherwise physically ok.

He puts this next in all his 6 languages in capitals.



I add that Mark is from Ireland and therefore a Catholic. He will take the abort very serios.

Carsten Christiansen
kl 18:00

9:05 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

You mean to say that Mark's relatives just happened to be in London yesterday at the precise time and place to be touched by the bombings? That's incredible. How awful. I hate to say this, but I have never seen this kind of magnet for tragedy! I'm dumbfounded! I feel very bad for him!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Carsten Christiansen said...

I have now heard from Mark directly. He is well but is in a simmering cold burning rage.

His sister in law is now stabilised. His nephew I think is happy he is there.

I think he plans to return soon and will bring his nephew with him.

As for the rest: I completely do not understand what you are talking about I often find this with Americans.

If during the Irish campaigns that ended with the peace agreement you were a bomb disposal officer and then an activity analyst and very heavily involved in the peace process then your family is a target.

We Europeans have long known this the Irish and the British have especially good reason to know it.

Mark's family is military/justice background of course they were targets do you think this is the first relative he has losed? Or that there are not many families on both sides of the border with many dead?

If you are surprised that an Irish man like Mark's brother with an English mother as Mark's mother was should live and work in London and marry an English girl then I can only say that you know nothing either of European history or of Irish history. London is typical of the new Europe it is not English anymore it is English and universal and it has a huge Irish population just as Dublin has a very many Englanders. It is the same with Denmark Sweden and Norway we can all live and work in each others countries and we do so.

If you mean it is especially horrible that this happens so soon after his wife and children died from the car accident I agree with you.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Carsten Christiansen said...

post scriptum: I mean no offense and perhaps it is that my English is not perfect. But I really do not undestand your surprise!

His father was assasinated and he grew up with bodyguards. This was very ordinary for many Irish in the time of the death squads. It is why we have so many of their exsoldiers here in Denmark where it is peaceful.

The important thing however is that his sister in law is now stable.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Carsten Christiansen said...

This is a good site I am impressed with it and will come back.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

I have much to learn about Mark! It's both fateful and sad that so much grief strikes him.

12:10 PM  

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