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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, April 08, 2006

8 April 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region

Baghdad. Shi'ite chieftain Abdel Aziz Hakim of SCIRI pledges to defeat terrorists as 79 people killed in the attack on the Bouratha Mosque were buried in Najaf.

Baghdad. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George Casey called on Iraqi forces to put an end the violence.

Baghdad. Defense Minister Saadoun al-Doulaïmi anounced that the troop level of Iraqi forces has reached 115,000 men: 2 divisons, 13 brigades and 49 batallions.

Baquba. Four people were killed in attacks north of the capital.

Karbala. Hospital receives seven bullet-ridden bodies also showing signs of torture.

Tikrit. Four decapitated bodies recovered.

Baghdad. Man killed by roadside bomb.

Baghdad. Two wounded by gunfire.

22:17 New York. China is prepared to give Iran from 4 to 6 weeks on the nuclear dossier. China's Ambassador to the UN, Wang Guangya, says IAEA inspectors should be given 4 to 6 weeks to finish their work. Russia agrees with the Chinese position. The US had insisted on 2 weeks.

21:00 Baghdad. US Marine dies of wounded received in al-Anbar Province.

16:46 Baghdad. 85 were killed and 156 wounded in yesterday attack on the Buratha Mosque.

15:29 Ramadi. Attack on provincial governor repelled by US troops. 50 guerrillas reported killed.

14:53 Baghdad. Two dead when mortar shells land in residential district.

12:44 Musayib. Two Shi'ite pilgrims shot dead.

11:36 Karbala. US Marines have surrounded Karbala and Najaf after threats by al-Sadr to respond to the removal of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari. Grand Ayatollah Sistani has been escorted out of Najaf.

09:15 Tehran. The US and Iran will conduct talks on the situation in Iraq after April 15.

07:36 Herat (Afghanistan). An Italian member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team was wounded in Herat in a suicide bombing outside the Italian military base there. His Afghan guard was killed.

02:18 US military death toll reaches 2,350.


Blogger JasonSpalding said...

The fact is that either we choose to allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to develop the nuclear system that would allow for nuclear weapons or we don't. Bring on the apocalyptic rhetoric.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

A nuclear deterrent, my man. They'd probably be satisfied with membership in WTO.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Well frankly Nur, they should be mighty satisfied and thankful already for el Chimpresidente nukular supreme de la White Casa knocked their archenemy for them and handed them two thirds of Ayyraq on a silver plate!

As a seasoned Sassanid sophist might have said: With foes like these, who needs friends?

3:21 PM  

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