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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, March 17, 2008

Ides of March: Attacks on "Coalition" personnel

On Saturday, March 15th, there were two bloody explosions in which US military and diplomatic personnel were killed.

The first was Vora, Albania, where an ammo dump blew up, killing up to 70 people. At the time 60 military personnel were inside the dump, including, it appears, several members of the US military or a contractors to NATO.

The second was the Luna Caprese Italian restaurant in downtown Islamabad. Reports in the Italian press say at least 1 American nurse and 2 Japanese journalists were killed and scores of people (most foreigners) lost limbs as a blast ripped through the garden dining terrace, creating a river of blood. Juan Cole reports today that FBI personnel were also on the restaurant's terrace.

Today in in the Province of Helmand, Afghanistan, a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy, killing 3 NATO soldiers and wounding 4.

Last, in Shi'ite Karbala, a female Sunni suicide bomber killed 42 Shi'a in Karbala as both Dick Cheney and John McCain visit Iraq. Meanwhile, Baghdad itself was rocked by a huge blast. (Haven't seen the details yet.)


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