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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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 28, 2006

28 January 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Baghdad. Sunni Arab leader on Saturday condemned recent police crackdowns on Sunni neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital and demanded government protection from further raids.

Baghdad. At least eight people were killed Saturday in attacks across Iraq. Khalaf al-Ilyan, a senior member of the Sunni Arab-coalition, the Iraqi Accordance Front, spoke a day after police and insurgents fought pitched battles in southern Baghdad.

Baghdad. A spate of shootings Saturday left at least four people dead in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, including an Iraqi Army soldier.

Baghdad. A mechanic was gunned down in nearby Jihad, the scene of fierce fighting Friday.

Baghdad. The bound and gagged bodies of two men in their 40s who had been shot in the head were found in southern Baghdad's Rustamiyah sewerage plant.

Fallujah. A roadside bombing in the western city of Fallujah killed one policeman and wounded another.

Karbala. Police found the buried bodies of six laborers who had been bound, gagged and shot in the head 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the southern city of Karbala.

Baghdad. The U.S. military said this week's release of five Iraqi women who had been in military custody was routine and not in response to the ultimatum.

Hit. U.S. Marines and Iraqi Army soldiers in western Iraq ended an almost two-week military operation on Friday that destroyed 45 weapons caches and detained 20 suspected insurgents, the Marines said in a statement. Operation Wadi Aljundi started Jan. 15 north of the town of Hit, 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad.

14:25 Baghdad. Kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill them unless all Iraqi prisoners were released from Iraqi and U.S. prisons, according to a new tape broadcast Saturday. Al-Jazeera TV aired a tape dated Jan. 21 showing the four workers: James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, from Canada; Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Virginia, and Norman Kember, 74, of London

14:34 Gaza. Hamas is prepared to merge several armed faction, including its military branch, to build an army to ensure security for the Palestinian people.

14:33 Jeddah. The world's biggest Muslim body on Saturday called on Muslims to stick to peaceful protest in a row over Danish cartoons seen as offensive to the Prophet Mohammad. The 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said Denmark should have "categorically condemned" cartoons published by Danish paper Jyllands-Posten last September in which the Prophet is shown wearing a turban shaped as a bomb.

14:23 Damascus. Khaled Meshaal, an exiled Hamas leader and winner of the Palestinian elections, said he was favorable to the creation of a Palestinian army to defend the country.

14:18 Baghdad. A well-known Sunni academic, Abdul Razak al-Naas, was shot dead behind the wheel of his car. Al-Naas, a critic of the continuing US occupation and the Iraqi government, often appeared on television as a political analyst.

03:18 Washington. Senator John McCain said the US should threaten Iran with military action.

02:38 Baghdad. The US military detained the wives of Iraqi insurgents twice in 2005 to force them to reveal the locations of their husbands, according to documents obtained by the ACLU. In one case, a 28 year-old mother of three was arrested by US special forces . Several Kurdish women were also arrested to put pressure on their husbands.

01:50 Washington. The US announced that it would review "all the aspects" of aid programs to Palestinians if Hamas forms a government.

01:43 President George W. Bush said that the US would cut all assistance to the Palestinians if Hamas did not reject violence and its aim to destroy Israel.

01:18 Washington. President George W. Bush envisions the possibility of international sanctions againt Iran.


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