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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, August 20, 2005

20 August 2005 Events in Iraq

Fallujah. Twenty civilians were injured in Fallujah after attackers tossed two hand grenades into a crowded marketplace.

Baghdad. Four Iraqi policemen were killed in a gunfight in western Baghdad.

Baghdad. U.S. troops raided an insurgent hideout in central Baghdad, rescued a hostage and arrested three kidnappers.

Kirkuk. 1,500 followers of Moqtada al-Sadr joined hundreds of Sunni Arabs and Turkmen protesting federalism.

Baghdad. Four rebels killed in clashes for security forces

Baghdad. The Special Representative of Kofi Annan, Ashraf Qazi, has ask Iraq to repeal a decree legalizing the death penalty.

Kirkuk. Three guards were wounded in an attack on the offices of the aKurdistan Democratic Party.

Baghdad. Washington is likely to agree to yet another delay in drafting the new Constitution even though the 15 October referendum and the December elections are likely to be postponed.

Fallujah. Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded when an insurgent hurled a hand-grenade at a passing Iraqi army patrol.

Mosul. An Iraqi police patrol killed three gunmen as they repelled an insurgent attack in the northern city of Mosul. An officer was wounded in the incident.

Latifiyah. Tribal leader Intifadh Abbas was kidnapped in the town of Latifiya, south of Baghdad. Abbas heads the Khuza'ee tribe in the town of Samawa.

Baghdad. U.S. concessions to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraqi law marked a turn in talks on a constitution, negotiators said as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline under intense U.S. pressure to clinch a deal. U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment.

Gaza. Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas said it would fight to drive Israel out of the West Bank and Jerusalem after the Jewish state completes its withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip this year.

Amman. Jordanian security forces sealed off a derelict quarter of the port city of Aqaba in their hunt for suspected Arab militants who fired rockets at two U.S. warships in the harbour, officials said.

23:56 Basrah. Britain's Prince Andrew made a surprise visit to British troops in southern Iraq.

23:42 Baghdad. Sunni Arabs complained they were being sidelined in talks on the new constitution only two days before the deadline and warned that their community will reject the document if it is submitted to parliament without Sunni consent. But a Shiite politician, Khaled al-Attiyah, was upbeat and said the negotiations were in the final stage. He said the Shiites submitted a new proposal on the distribution of Iraq's oil wealth, one of the remaining obstacles to a deal by the Monday night deadline. Sunni Arabs also object to demands by Kurds and the largest Shiite party for a federal state, and oppose a major role for Shiite clergy in Najaf. On Saturday, it appeared that only Kurds and Shiites were negotiating. Sunni Arabs were not present at the deliberations.

23:04 Washington. Two Iraq war vets involved in shootings. Discharged Army vet Matthew Sepi shoots dead a woman and wounds her companion in a Las Vegas alley. Former marine Daniel Cotnoir shot at noisy revellers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, wounding two.

21:22 Baghdad. An Iraqi general commanding border defense forces was wounded when US troops opened fire on his vehicle. General Ali Hamadi was wounded in the abdomen as he was driving.

21:26 Damascus. Iraqi Transportation Minister flew to Baghdad for three days of talks on resuming flights between Damascus and Baghdad.

19:34 Baghdad. The family of former Iraqi Vice Premier Tarek Aziz were permitted to visit him in his prison cell for the first time.

16:34 Baghdad. Iraq's Kurds have let it be known that they are ready to give up self-determination if it will lend itself to a compromise on the Constitution. However, Kurdish legislator Mahmoud Osman remains opposed to the incorporation of Islam as the sole fundament of law. Meanwhile, the United States has relaxed its position on Islam as the main source of legislation.

16:33 Gaza. Mortar rounds are fired at the kibbutzes of Netiv Haasara and Nahal Oz.

16:13 Baghdad. An American MP was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

15:46 Baghdad. Iraq's National Security Advisor Mouaffak al Roubaï says federalism is the best way to prevent civil war.

14:39 Cairo. Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood will not back Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt's first contested presidential election because he failed to deliver political reforms, a pan-Arab newspaper reported on Saturday.

06:06 Crawford. George W. Bush says the best way to honor the fallen is to win the war against terrorism.

03:39 Tehran. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran has no intention of building nuclear bombs, but it will not give up its right to enrich uranium as it aims to be self-sufficient in nuclear reactor fuel.

02:42 Washington. The White House condemns the rocket attacks in Aqaba and Eilat.


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