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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Sunday, November 20, 2005

20 November Events in Iraq and in the region.

The Hague. Dutch exporter Frans van Anraat, accused of complicity in genocide for selling 1,100 tons of poison gas precursor to Saddam Hussein, goes on trial.

Baquba. US troops cut down five family members and wound another three a their minibus approached a checkpoint because they were "speeding". Major Steve Warren says nervousness of US soldiers fault of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

New York. NBC reports that US forces nearly kill or capture al-Zarqawi in a raid in Mosul. Eight insurgents were reported dead and eleven US troops wounded.

Ramadi. Operation "Brown Bear". 300 Marines and 150 Iraqi troops participate in operation in Ramadi.

Baghdad. US forces claim they have closed 28 military bases and will transfer others to the Iraqis. General Donald Alston says the US will keep open only fifteen bases.

Baghdad. 77 refurbished Soviet-ear T-72 tanks and 230 vehicles donated by eastern European NATO country [Poland--Nur] have arrived in Iraq

Karbala. Four former Ba'ath Party members and a 5 year-old child were slain by gunmen.

Basrah. Armed men shoot dead a Sunni cleric who was a member of the Committee of Iraq Ulema.

Baladruz. Carbomb kills four and wound eight.

Baghdad. Iraqi Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim tells the newspaper al-Sabah that 98% of the detainees in the custody of the US military are innocent and should be released. Ibrahim also said for 25 of the 55 playing card deck of Iraqi "wanted", former members of the regime of Saddam Hussein, there is neither sufficient proof nor a judicial dossier. Negotiations are underway for the release of the 25.

Cairo. Al-Jazeera reports that there is communique from the ongoing Arab League conference on Iraq because no "verbal formula" could be found to refer to the Iraqi resistance.

Tehran. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrives for an official 3-day visit.


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