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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Monday, February 27, 2006

27 February 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region

22:01 Washington. The US praised the unfreezing of 120 million euros in Palestinian assisatance by the European Union.

22:13 Washington. The Pentagon has refused to comment on a report in the New York Times that the German intelligence service, BND, supplied information to the US military on the defenses of Baghdad.

22:15 Baghdad. The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, declared that the situation was improving following sectarian riots over the last few days. Khalilzad was also optimistic on the release of kidnapped reporter Jill Carroll.

20:58 Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Oil Minister announced exceptional security measures for the country's oil installations following a thwarted al-Qaeda attack on a Saudi oil installation on 24 February.

19:10 Moscow. Negotiations between Iran and Russia on Iran's nuclear ambitions made no headway.

15:50 Ramadi. A Syrian accused of links to al-Qaeda, Abu Farook, was arrested.

16:18 Brussels. EU decides to unblock assistance to the Palestinians to prevent financial collapse.

16:18 Moscow. Russia will meet with Hamas leaders in Moscow on March 3.

16:10 Samarra. Work to restore the Golden Mosque will take five years and will require the assistance of UNESCO experts. The dome was made up of 70,000 golden tiles of very great value.

15:47 Berlin. Germany denied a report by the New York Times that BND, the German intelligence against, passed information to the US military on the defense of Baghdad. The agency itself has also denited the story.

15:19 Rome. Green Party politician Paolo Cento says Italy with withdraw its troops form Iraq immediately after the April 9-10 national elections should the opposition win.

08:19 Baghdad. Saddam Hussein ends hunger strike.

02:22 Iraq: Baghdad. US soldier killed by small arms fire in the capital.


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