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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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

Friday, April 07, 2006

7 April 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Baghdad. Close to 80 were killed and 164 wounded in a suicide attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad. At least two suicide bombers dressed as women exploded their payload inside the Bouratha Mosque. Three blasts in succession were meant to produce the maximum number of casualties.

Baghdad. Sheikh Jalal Eddine Saghir, a SCIRI official and imam of the Bouratha Mosque, blamed the attack on the Committee of Iraqi Ulema, the main Sunni religious organization.

Baghdad. The National Accord Front, a Sunni political party, condemns the attack on the Bouratha Mosque.

Najaf. Ten Iraqis, including four women, were killed and 42 wounded in a carbombing on Thursday.

Baghdad. Four Iraqis killed north of the capital.

Baghdad. US announced three military deaths in the last two days.

Baghdad. Negotiation to form a new government have been stalled for three months. Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari has refused to cede to demands for his ouster.

Washington. British Defence Secretary John Reid meets with his US counterpart, Donald Rumsfeld.

Charlotte. George W. Bush calls on Iraq's leaders to agree on a national government.

Baghdad. Iraq will observe a long weekend with a holiday to mark the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

22:19 Riyadh. Saudi Arabia ends boycott of Danish products after the publication of cartoons of the Propher Mohammed in the newspaper Jyllands Posten.

21:53 Hebron. Israeli colonists expand settlement in violation of an evacuation program announced by PM Olmert.

15:19 Three Iraqi suicide bombers attacked the interior and the exterior of the Shi'ite Bouratha Mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers. The mosque belongs to SCIRI. Iraqia Television has broadcast appeals for blood.

08:56 Baghdad. Interior Minister raises alarm saying 7 carbombings are planned today.

08:19 Baghdad. US Ambassador Khalilzad says the US is negotiating with Sunni rebels.


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