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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

2 November 2005 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Prague. Prague. Czech Republic Interior Minister says that Prague recently rejected a US request to build a detention center on Czech territory to house Guantanamo detainees. [What damned nerve!!--Must Gonzales bring blight to every neighborhood?--Nur] Meanwhile Hungary denied every receiving a request to build a prison by the US and Slovakia says it "does not currently have a secret US prison on its territory.

Baghdad. US killed-in-action reaches 2,026

Baghdad. Residence explodes in the Yarmuk quarter behind the Salafist mosque Oum al-Touboul

Kirkuk. One civilian is dead and nine wounded in a suicide bombing in a Kurdish-Christian neighborhood of Kirkuk. An 11 year-old child was thought to have worn a suicide belt. The attack targeted General Khattab Abdallah Areb, who was wounded in the back, chest and leg. His chauffeur was also wounded.

Gaza. Quartet Special Representative James Wolfenson leaks letter. A letter leaked by Mr. Wolfensohn says Israel prevents the export of Gaza harvest. "Commercial success will depend to a significant extent on adequate export arrangements," said Wolfensohn. "Time is short, and optimism is a fragile commodity."

Baghdad. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says he is unable to halt a possible US attack on Syria while calling al-Assad his "brother". [Talbani is unprincipled, in case you haven't notices--Nur]

Ankara. Turkish Foreign Minisnter Abdullah Gül announces an agreement with the USA to fight Kurdish PKK rebels in the mountains of eastern Iraq. Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces that Turkey is at the end of its patience était à bout de patience

Washington. The Democratic minority in the US has called an extraordiary closed-door session on the phony pretexts for war on Iraq.

Jabaliya. Israelis assassinate Hassan al-Madhoun, a local al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade leader and Fayez Abou al-Qaraa of Fatah.
Basrah. Provincial governor announces arrest of two suspects in bombing.

Baghdad. Police arresst Jassem al-Thour and 13 others for hotel bombings in Baghad.

Baghdad. Premier Jaafari requests extension by UN of the mandate of the Multinational Force in Iraq. une

Washington. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley says a premature pullout from Iraq will endanger Israel.

Baghdad. Police announce that the mastermind behind recent bombings in Balad is Moroccan fugitive Mohsen Khaïbar, implicated in the Casablanca of May 2003.

Baghdad. Al-Qaeda in Iraq says it will soon announce the fate of two kidnapped Moroccans.

Washington. Israeli Defense Minister Shaoul Mofaz travelled to Washington to meet his peer, Donald Rumsfeld. The Americans have agred to restart security and strategic cooperation, interrupted after Israeli weapons sales to China.

Jerusalem. Israeli and Palestinian physicians have asked the Israeli Supreme Court to forbid Israeli warplanes from breaking the sound barrier over the Gaza Strip.

Ramallah. A European Union contingent will take over border security at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Riyahd. Riyadh authorities have permitted the projection of cartoons for children to celebrate Eïd el-Fitr, the first time in 40 years.

Tikrit. US forces have abandoned a palace along the Tigris belonging to Saddam Hussein. Provincial Governor Hamed Hammoud Shikti has moved his headquarters and that of Provincial Police, to the building. Meanwhile, the 42nd Infantry Division, as well as the 101st Airborne Division have transferred peacekeeping duties northern central Iraq. "Iraqi" forces are increasingly leading punitive raids against the insurgency.

Tehran. Iran has fired twelve "moderate" ambassadors, including the ambassadors to London, Paris, Berlin and Bern.

Tripoli. Libya to abolish the death penalty.

Jerusalem. Israeli raids directed at Palestinian activists risk sabotaging an informal cease-fire with Hamas.

Tehran. Anti US demonstrations on the 25th aniversary of the occupaton of the US embassy. Demostrators chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

22:20 Paris. Thousands demonstrate against the anti-Israel pronouncements of Iranian President.Ahmedinejad

22:04 Balad. US soldier killed in rebel ambush.

21:00 London. Blair forced to withdraw new anti-terrorism legislation.

20:18 Rome. During a meeting with the ambassadors of Islamic countries at Villa Madama, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi says he hopes to persue dialog

19:36 Tehran. Iran protests declarations by Italian Foreign Minister Fini calling for war on the country.

18:37 Rome. Oppositon leader Romano Prodi sends letter of solidarity to Ariel Sharon following the pronouncement of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

17:30 Baghdad. Iraqi army colonel and his wife are kidnapped by insurgents.

16:55 Mussayeb. 21 Iraqis killed and 61 wounded in an anti-Shi'ite attack on a mosque during sundown prayers. .

16:53 Havana. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Said Yalili makes courtesy visit to Cuba

16:46 Baghdad. Two police patrols were attacked west of the capital during the night, killing one and wounding four
16:45 Damascus. Assad pardons 197 political prisoners, including seven Kurds (incl. three women) belging to the PUK, Islamist leader Ali Abdullah and Human Rights advocate Mohammed Raadun.

16:38 Tehran. Iran will process a new batch of uranium in its Ispahan research center.

15:37 Musseyb. Explosion inside mosque kills 20 and wounds 45 prior to Eid festivities.

15:14 Doha. Al-Jazeerah reportes seven dead in explosion at Musayeb. :

14:50 Ramadi. Two other US soldiers die when a roadside bomb targets their vehicle.

14:00 Ramadi. US F-18 warplanes bombs rebel hideout with two 550-lb bombs.

14:34 Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists that Syria cooperate with the intenational inquiry on the assassination of Rafiq Hariri.

14:23 Ramadi. US helicoper was shot down by Iraqi insurgents. An AH-1W Super Cobra downed.

13:02 Ramadi. US helicopter crash lands. Two marines dead.

12:21 Ramadi. US helicopter downed.

11:35 Ramallah: Hamas may end cease-fire.

11:12 Mosul. US forces kill Abdul Sattar, a local al-Qaeda leader, as well as three other rebels last Thursday. 12 rebels were arrested after an attack on a US convoy in east Baghdad.

10:30 Tehran. Italian Ambassador Roberto Toscano is summoned by Tehran authorities.

09:51 Tehran. Two bombs target British Airways and BP in downtown Tehran.

09:28 Tehran. Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has appointed a new Oil Minister, Sadeq Mahsouli.

08:28 Kabul. :Omar al-Farouq, lieutenant to Bin Laden, escaped a US prison in July, the US military reveals.

07:46 Baghdad. Two bombs kill 5, would 8. The first bomb detonated in Jorf al-Madaen, a southern suburb, targeting a joint US-Iraq police patrol. Five bystanders were killed and threee wounded. The second bomb went off in the al-Dura quarter targeting a minibus transporting oil refinery workers to their jobs.

06:45 Jerusalem. Israeli soldier dies by enemy fired during an operaton on the northern West Bank.

06:00 Gaza. Israeli blockade prevents cement purchases from Turkey.

01:48 Tehran. The moderate ambassador to London, Mohammad Hossein Adeli, is being replaced.


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