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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

2 August 2005 Events in Iraq

Baghdad. Five civilians were killed an a woman wounded in an ambush on their vehicle in the Shou'la quarter of west Baghdad.

Baghdad. The police chief of Abu Ghraib, General Mizhir Mohamed Yussef, was shot dead behind the wheel of his car in the Oubaïdi district of east Baghdad.

Baquba. A booby-trapped car struck an Iraqi police patrol, killing one child and wounding 8 police.

Baquba. Khalus Hospital Administrator Dr. Abdul Mouhssine Ali was shot dead as he left a medical conference. His driver was also injured. Ali was a member of the Shi'ite Dawa Party.

Tikrit. US soldiers fired on a fuel truck which attempted to pass their convoy, killing one Iraqi and wounding two others.

Baghdad. Tensions rise between Baghdad and Kuwait on the 15th anniversary of Iraq's attack on its neighbor. The Iraqi parliament denounced multiple border violations by the Kuwaitis. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Defense and Security Commission, Jawad al-Maliki, accused Kuwait of penetrating one kilomater inside Iraq territory to construct a security barrier. Mr. al-Maliki also said that Kuwait had constructed oil derricks on Iraqi farmland in the south of the country, bulldozed homes in Oum Qasr and set up new boundary markers.

Baghdad. Mounzer Fazzal, a member of the committee drafting the constitution, says that the committe has finished its review of the principles on which the new Iraqi state would be founded.

Baghdad. Four Iraqis were killed and 23 wounded in a suicide carbombing which struck a US military convoy. Some US soldiers were also wounded.

Baghdad. In west Baghdad, group of unknown assailants shot dead five persons escorting the body of a Sunni sheikh, Akil al-Maadidi, who had been slain the day before.

Baghdad. An Iraqi civilian was killed by a bomb blast inside a bookstore.

Baghdad. A police colonel was shot dead.

Baghdad. A driver and a bodyguard working for the Finance Ministry were shot dead.

Balad. Four Iraqi soliders were slain when a bomb hidden inside a dead dog detonated.

Baïji. Three Iraqis working for the US military in Baiji were killed in an ambush.

Dhoulouiyah. An Iraqi engineer is shot dead.

Baghdad. The corpses of an Iraqi soldier and a policeman were recovered north of the city.

Fallujah. Three persons were killed and four wounded by a mortar strike.

Baghdad. Saddam Hussein's lawyers announced that they would boycott hearings by the Special Iraqi Tribunal, which will judge the ex-dictator. Meanwhile, US prison guards deny claims of taunting and harrassing Saddam Hussein.

23:37 Washington. The United States maintains that Iran has not violated the Paris accords with the European Union, despite the announcement by Tehran that it would resume nuclear activites.

23:31 Warsaw. Fourteen persons, nine members of the military and five civilians, who were part of Poland's contingent in Iraq have been charged with corruption during their deployment. The group had siphoned off funds meant for reconstruction and will be tried by a Warsaw military tribunal. So far $232,000 has been recovered.

23:29 Gaza. Blast damages the residence of the Chairman of the Palestinian Council of Judges, Zoer Hassourani. No injuries were reported.

22:10 Cairo. Dozens of artist demonstrated in Cairo today against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Waving a giant poster of singer Umm Kalthum the group chanted pro-democracy slogans and denounced a 5th term as president sought Mr. Mubarak.

21:50 Ramallah. The Palestian Authority's finances are depleted due to delays in promised international aid, says Finance Minister Salam Fayad.

19:41 Mosul. A suicide carbomb struck a police station, killing five police and a child.

16:35 Kandahar. Taliban rebels decapitated three civilians Ghazni Province whom they accused of spying for the United States.

15:37 Haditha. Six US marines killed in combat west of Baghdad. Following the attack, residents of Haditha said several masked gunmen identifying themselves as the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, a major Sunni Arab insurgent group, appeared in the public market carrying helmets, flak jackets and automatic rifles they said belonged to U.S. troops. They distributed flyers claiming to have killed 10 American service members. They were on a mountain near the town so we went up, surrounded them and asked them to surrender, the statement said. They did not surrender so we killed them.»

15:42 Moscow. Russia will continue supporting Iran's nuclear program, announced the Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom.

15:22 Tehran. An Iranian magistrate known to have presided over political trials was shot dead in a Tehran street.

15:12 Hit. A U.S. Marine was killed when a suicide bomber attacked U.S. troops in western Iraq. The Marine was assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2 of the 2nd Marine Division.

13:20 Baghdad. Reuters Television broadcast images of a US Humvee in flames after being struck by a suicide bomber in downtown Baghdad.

13:18 Tehran. Ultra-conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be sworn in as Iraqi President on Wednesday, gave a speech judged as moderate by observers.

05:35 Baghdad. An Arizona National Guardsman serving in Iraq has been demoted for posting classified information on his Internet Web log, an Army official said. Leonard Clark, 40, was demoted from specialist to private first class and fined $1,640 said Col. Bill Buckner, a spokesman for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, on Monday. Soldiers in Iraq are allowed to maintain blogs or Web sites but cannot post information about Army operations or movements. They also are barred from posting information about the death of a soldier whose family hasn't yet been notified. The intent of the policy is not to violate soldiers' rights, but to safeguard soldiers, Buckner said.

03:02 London. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw belives that the presence of US and British troops in Iraq inflames the insurgency in an interview with the Financial Times. Straw also said that the Iraqi Constitution must be finished on time to permit the departure of these troops.

02:16 Washington. The Pentagon's top spokesman called the recent use of quotes from an anonymous Iraqi in two military news releases last month an «egregious error» in a memo aimed at preventing its recurrence. Lawrence Di Rita, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, also said Monday that an investigation was under way into how the quotes made it into the press releases. The second time the quote was used, it had been changed. «This is an egregious error that reflects a lack of rigor in the development of these press statements,» Di Rita wrote in the memo, dated Friday. Anonymous quotes are prohibited, he wrote. The first quotation was used in a press release issued by the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq on July 13. The second appeared on July 24. The military has since removed the quotes from the press releases posted on its Web site. No one at the Pentagon could provide the originals. According to, which picked up the quotes before they were removed, the military's July 13 release came after an attack. The sentence quoting the Iraqi read, «`The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. `They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today, and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.»' The July 24 release followed a second attack, this one on Iraqi security forces: «`The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today, and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. [The quotes were fabricated--Nur].

01:26 Washington. US condemns beatings of Egyptians protesting a fifth presidential mandate for Hosni Mubarak. This is a new, serious incident which we find worrisome and which we will discuss in private with the Egptian authorities, said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.


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