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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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, January 24, 2007

24 January 07: Events in Iraq

US forces attacked militants in Hiafa Street on the west bank of the Tigris near the Green Zone and the US Embassy.

In the Fadhel quarter, a Blackwater Security helicopter was shot down. Rebels shot the survivors of the crash in the head. A 5th person died on impact.

Two US Marines were killed in action in al-Anbar Province.

And then, there's Reuters - Factbox:

*RAMADI - U.S. forces killed nine insurgents and wounded nine in three separate incidents in the the western Iraqi town of Ramadi, the U.S. military said in a statement.

*FALLUJA - A sniper killed two Iraqi soldiers in Falluja, police said. In a separate incident, gunmen killed three butchers inside a local market.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb in Sadriya district in central Baghdad killed two people and wounded 10, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier died on Monday of wounds suffered after a roadside bomb exploded next to his vehicle north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said .

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed 16 insurgents and detained 10 suspected insurgents in the Baghdad and Haditha areas, the U.S. military said.

BAIJI - A roadside bomb exploded near a minibus carrying workers while they heading to the oil-refinery city of Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

SINJAR - A car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded three Iraqi soldiers near the town of Sinjar, northwest of Mosul, police said.

MOSUL - A suicide car bomber rammed his car into the Kurdistan Youth Centre in Mosul and wounded nine people, seven civilians and two guards, police said.

TAL AFAR - Gunmen killed two teachers in Tal Afar, 420 km (240 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said. [The "model" city (cough)]

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army troops killed eight insurgents and arrested 37 others during the last 24 hours in different parts of Iraq, the Defence Ministry said.

MUSSAYAB - Police found the bullet-riddled body of a policeman near a car bomb but the police managed to dismantle the bomb in the town of Mussayab, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - Mortar rounds killed a woman and wounded two children in the town of Iskandariya, police said.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said reports that a helicopter had gone down in central Baghdad appeared to refer to a civilian aircraft. U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by helicopters clashed with gunmen in central Baghdad in the area where it went down.

MOSUL - Clashes erupted between insurgents and Iraqi security forces, killing five policemen and wounding three others in several districts in Mosul, police, said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed one person and wounded three others near a petrol station in central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol, wounding three police officers in al-Baladiyat district in eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed at least two people and wounded five others in Karrada district in central Baghdad, police said.

NEAR KIRKUK - Gunmen opened fire and killed two people and wounded another in a drive-by shooting on the main road between Hawija and Kirkuk, police said.

SUWAYRA - Several mortar rounds landed on a residential district and killed six people, including five members of a Shi'ite family, and wounded nine others on Monday in the town of Suwayra, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

LATIFIYA - Two insurgents were killed and a policeman and a child were wounded on Monday in clashes between police and insurgents in the town of Latifiya, in an area dubbed 'The Triangle of Death' south of Baghdad, police said. The police managed to release a number of Shi'ite families being held by the insurgents.

ISKANDARIYA - Police found the body of a man with gunshot wounds on Monday in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

MUSSAYAB - Gunmen killed a contractor along with another man on Monday night in the town of Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

RUTBA - The bodies of four people were found, shot dead and tortured, on Monday in the high way near the town of Rutba, northwest of Baghdad near the Syrian border, police said.


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