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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

1 March 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Vienna. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reaffirmed Israel's refusal to unblock funds due to the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik underscored that the EU saw no reason to end its economic development program to the Palestinians. The European Commissioner for Foreign Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, called upon Israel to unblock $50 million in tax revenue per month due to the Palestinian authority.

Moscow. The US ambassador to Russian, William Burns, praised Russia's intention to respected the decisions of the Quartet in its negotiations with Hamas.

Doha. Mahmoud Abbas met with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad ben Khalifa al-Thani.

Amman. Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet with Israeli Labour Party Chairman Amir Peretz at a location near the Allenby Bridge.

Amman. An al-Qaeda suicide attack on a "vital civilian installation" was foiled. A Libyan and two Iraqis were arrested.

Hawija. Sunni tribal leaders declare war on resistance groupls linked to al-Zarqawi in Hawija, 220 km north of Baghdad. Over the last five weeks, the chief of the al-Nouaïm tribe, Ibrahim al-Nouaïmi, and a powerful member of the Joubour tribe, Ahmad Mehdi Saleh, were assassinated. Dr.Khaled Abel Hussein of Hawija General Hospital was shot dead as was Police General Hatem Khalaf Matroud al-Obaïdi.

Baghdad. Premier Ibrahim Jaafari rejected criticism of his trip to Ankara by President Jalal Talabani, saying it was perfectly legal. Talabani called the trip was "worthless".

Baghdad. Saddam Hussein admits for the first time signing the death sentences of persons suspected of attacking his convoy in 1982.

Najaf. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged the population to resist provocations which could lead to civil war. Sistani also met with Moqtada al-Sadr.

Baghdad. 28 people died in the explosion of a car bomb in the al-Jadida quarter.

Baghdad. Three people died in the bombing of a fleamarket.

Mahmoudiyah. Three people were killed by mortar fire south of the capital.
Kirkuk. Three police wre killed, eight wounded and sixteen missing after an ambush.

Baghdad. Iraqi tanks were deployed in Baghdad to prevent rioting following the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra.

13:40 Brussels. Several countries, including Poland and Italy, have returned inadequate or incomplete information on a Council of Europe questionnaire on secret CIA activities in Europe. Italy, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia returned inadequate information. Italy refused to provide information on the CIA kidnapping of Abu Omar.

13:40 One-third of US soldiers repatriated after service in Iraq required mental health consultations. 19.1% were diagnosed with psychological problems, according to a report published in the USA. The rate of psychosis among returning troops from Afghanistan is is 11.3%. It is 8.5% for other regions.

17:24 Amman. Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Amman for talks with Joranian PM Maarouf Bakhit to discuss the Palestinian situation. Abbas is also to meet with the Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament, who will formally invite Abbas to attend the next Arab League Summit in Khartoumon March 28 and 29. This is the last stop on Mr. Abbas' tour of Yemen, the UAE and Qatar Emirats.

17:06 Gaza. Reserves of wheat, sugar and oil are nearly depleted following Israel's closure of the Karni crossing.


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