9 April 2006 Events in Iraq and in the Region
Baghdad. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani defends talks scheduled between the USA and Iran on the Iraq situation. But US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says the talks will take place only after the formation of an Iraqi government.
Tehran. Iran shoots down US drone in the southwest of the country. The drone was launched from Iraq, reports the newspaper Jomhouri Eslami. IT experts were able to extract the electronic data carried by the drone, the paper said.
Bern. Swiss justice officials issue arrest warrant for the former Iranian Intelligence Minister, Ali Fallahian, suspected of ordering the assassination of Iranian dissident Kazem Radjavi in Switzerland in 1990.
Tehran. Rebels killed two army officers and wounded a high-ranking cleric in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan in southeast Iran. The province is mostly Sunni.
Guantanamo. Military defense attorneys say their work is made very difficult due to bureaucracy and security measures.
Baghdad. An attack on police near a Sunni mosque in the western neighborhood of Ghazaliyah wounded at least three people
Baghdad. Rebels attack American military police. No casualties reported.
Baghdad. Police discovered four bodies, handcuffed, and at least one shot in the head in the Dora district of southern Baghdad.
Ramadi An insurgent umbrella organization called the Mujahedeen Shura Council claimed responsibility for a Saturday attack against the Anbar provincial government headquarters in Ramadi.
17:06 Kuwait. MPs and clerics condemn remarks by Egyptian President Mubarek. Mubarked claimed that Shi'ites in the Gulf region were more loyal to Tehran than to their national governments. MP Saleh Ashour in turn criticized Egypt for its ties to Israel.
15:26 Cairo. German hostages threatened with execution in video if the US does not release all Iraqi prisoners.
12:12 London. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw tells BBC that there is no civil war in Iraq.
11:45. Baghdad. In a pre-dawn raid Sunday, clashes erupted when U.S. forces surrounded a suspected safehouse and nearby tent on the northern outskirts of Baghdad. After being fired upon, troops gunned down five suspected insurgents, and three others were killed in an air strike.
11:09 London. The Times reports that Shi'ite militias killed or forced into exile hundreds of Iraq veterans of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980's in January. 182 pilots and 416 senior officiers were killed and at least 836 war veterans were forced out of Iraq. Famililies accuse Iran of being behind the killings and harassment.
10:10 Baghdad. US troops kill 8 rebels i Baghdad. Meanwhile, several bombs exploded throughout the capital, killing at least three.
06:36 Baghdad. US soldier dies of wounds received in al-Anbar Province.
02:49 Washington. An internal US government report terms the situation in 6 of 18 Iraq provinces as "serious" or "critial". The situation in the province of al-Anbar is considered critical. Evnets in Baghdad, Nineveh, Salaheddin, Diyala and Taamim are considered serious.
02:31 London. Coalition responsible in disappearances of prisoners, say Labour MPs.
01:58 New York. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh writes in the 17 April edition of the New Yorker that the US is planning a possible nuclear missile strike on Iran.
01:41 Laghouat (Aligeria). Police kill 12 Islamist rebels after an ambush of a customs police convoy.