December 25 Events in Iraq and in the Region
23:50 Washington. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that Iraqis would like to see the departure of US troops "as soon as possible". General Pace's comment follows Donald Rumsfeld's decision to withdraw 7,000 troops. There are currently 155,000 US troops in Iraq. More than 60 percent of Americans disapprove of George Bush's handling of operations in Iraq.
23:14 Manama. Bahrein police clashed with Shi'ite demonstrators who had organized a sit-in to protest the arrest of Sheikh Mohamed Sabad, arrested after his return from a visit to Iran. The sheikh was accused of compromising national security, said a Bahreini Interior Ministry offical.
22:25 Tel Aviv. Italian pacifist arrested. Vittorio Arrigoni, 30, has been held in the jail of Ben Gurion Airport for five day after trying to enter the country to attend a conference on non-violence in Bethlehem. Arrigoni was injured by police as they tried to deport him aboard an Italian aircraft. After being hospitalized, he was placed in custody.
20:40 Baghdad. Second US soldier dies in roadside bombing.
16:37 Dubai: Al-Qaeda announces on a web site it has executed three women and an man who worked for the Americans. An image of the photo ID of one of the women was displayed.
14:13 Baghdad. US soldier killed by roadside bomb while on patrol.
12:37 Nassiriya. Italian Senate Preisdent Marcello Pera visits the Governor of the Province of Dhi Qar, Aziz Kadum al-Agheli.
11:22 Kirkuk: Carbomb explodes.