Tuesday, May 22, 2007
INM daily summary – 22 May 2007
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- Local government officials and representatives of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed an 11-point cease-fire agreement in Al-Qadisiyah Governorate on May 20, Iraqi media reported.
- A parked car bomb ripped through a crowded outdoor market in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 25 people.
- U.S. soldiers raided suspected safehouses near the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Monday in their search for three captured comrades but found them empty after the militants apparently were tipped off and fled, a military spokesman said.
- Eyewitnesses in Yousifiya say that they believe that the three US soldiers have been killed by their kidnappers.
- Iraq is planning to buy small oil tankers with specifications that will enable them to navigate easily through terminals on the Gulf and the Shat al-Arab Waterway.
- Attacks targeting the national grid have plunged most of Baghdad into total darkness, the Ministry of Electricity said.
- Clashes occurred between the Mahdi Army and the British forces in Basrah and with the American forces in Kut.
- Iraq's defence ministry will buy new weapons worth more than 1.5 billion dollars (1.11 billion euros), including helicopters and US rifles, the minister announced on Monday.
- A member of the Kurdistan Coalition parliamentary bloc called on Monday political parties and blocs to adopt Kurdistan's national reconciliation experiment, considering it valid for application in other parts of Iraq.
- Iraqi politician, Ahmed Al Chalabi, has survived an assassination attempt during his visit to Diyala Province.
- Following consultation with senior officials from the Iraqi government, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the US Embassy Baghdad the organisers have said it is necessary to reschedule the Iraq Oil, Gas, Petrochemical & Electricity Summit for 2-4 September 2007.
- The World Bank has just appointed a new country head for Iraq despite security and corruption concerns, according to a leaked document.
- Security round-up.