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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, January 21, 2006

21 January Events in Iraq and in the Region

Fallujah: Entry into Fallujah has been closed for four days.

17:22 Amman. Jordan will send observers to the Palestinian elections on 25 January.

16:58 Arbil. Jalal Talabani (PUK) and Massoud Barzani (KDP) signed an agreement establishing a single administration in Kurdistan. Barzani stated that the fusion would help recover Kirkuk. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad attended the signing.

16:49 Baquba. Carbomb kills three police and wounds two others.

15:58 Damascus. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared before a convention of Arab lawyers that Syrian would not bow before the United Nations. Al-Assad also accusesd Israel of responsiblity for the death of Yassir Arafat.

14:11 Ramadi. Insurgents launched several attacks against US military bases in Ramadi. Camp Ramadi and Camp Corregidor received mortar fire, which caused slight damage. Meanwhile two US patrol vehicles were targeted by RPG fire without sustaining damage. An Ambrams tank returned fire and killed six insurgents. One Iraqi soldier and seven Coalition troops were wounded.

13:50 Cairo. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit believes that Hamas will recognize the existence of Israel and accept the idea of talks.

13:14 Damascus. Syria is open to any initiative to establish good relations with Beirut.

11:47 Baghdad. Shi'ite outdoor market bombed killing one person and wounding half a dozen.

11:06 Ankara. Foreign Trade Minister Kursad Tuzmen has announced that thirty-four Turkish suppliers have suspended deliveries of fuel to Iraq because an unpaid $1 billion bill.

10:09 London. Death of Briton killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq confirmed.

10:02 Kirkuk. Five members on the staff of Jalal Talabani were wounded in the explosion of a roadside bomb in northern Iraq.

08:52 Baghdad. A man was kidnapped by armed men in the Saydiyah quarter of west Baghdad.

07:21 Ghazni (Afghanistan). Pro-government demonstration against suidice bombings.

00:31 Baghdad. US helicopter makes emergency landing.


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