18 January 2006 Events in Iraq
Baghdad. Iraqi authorities have indicated it has been decided to release six of eight female Iraqis held in US custody without charges but insisted that the release was not part of a bartered deal to release of kindapped reporter Jill Carrol.
Baghdad. The Iraqi committee in charge of purging former Ba'ath Party members from power confirmed that judge Saïd al-Hamashi would not be permitted to conduct hearings for Saddam Hussein because he was a relative. Committee chariman Ali Lami made the announcement. Al-Hamashi was to have replaced Rizkar Mohammed Amin, who has resigned.
Baghdad. Ten security guards were killed and two telephone engineers kidnapped after an ambush of their convoy in a tunnel in west Baghdad. The engineers worked for Iraqna. One is from Malawi and the other from Madagascar.
Baghdad. A Sunni Sheikh, his nephew and a third person were murdered in their apartment in west Baghdad.
Baquba. Four police and a civilian were killed and four police wounded by a roadside bomb in al-Saadiyah, 80 km east of Baquba.
Basrah. Two US security contractors were killed and another wounded in a bomb blast.
Baghdad. A US soldier died of non-combat-related injurites.
New York. A US State Department memorandum had judged an alleged attempt by Saddam Hussein to purchase uranium in Niger as "improbable" according to a report in the New York Times.
Washington. The Bush adminstration has blocked the assets of Assef Shawkat, the brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
16:18 New York. US soldiers protest arrest warrant. The Daily News reports that members of the New York Fighting 69th regiment have protested an arrest warrant issued by Italian authorities against machine gunner Mario Lozano, who opened fire and killed Italian agent Nicola Calipari at a checkpoint on the Baghdad Airport road.
09:29 New York. Oil nears $67 a barrel.
08:19 Raniya. A 14 year-old child is thought to have died from bird flu in Raniya, on the border between Turkey and Kurdistan.
08:01 Baghdad. Two Iraqi journalists were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Jami'a quater of central Baghdad.
06:03 Baghdad. Iraqi public television has announced the release of the sister of Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Soulagh who was kidnapped 10 days ago in Baghdad.
04:41 Gaza. An agreement was reached between Hamas and Fatah to ban the display of weapons on Election Day.
04:01 New York. The International Energy Agency has issued a warning that tensions with Iran over the nuclear issue will force up the price of oil.