Chronology: Iraq

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Chronology: Iraq


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Jan. 16: US forces in Iraq released 500 Iraqi detainees who had been held without charge from three Iraqi prisons. Approximately 12,000 inmates remained in Iraqi prisons, most on charges of colluding with insurgents. [Al-Jazeera, 1/16]

Jan. 18: The abductors of American journalist Jill Carroll threatened to kill the US reporter within 72 hours unless all Iraqi female prisoners were released in Iraq. The Iraqi Ministry of Justice responded by freeing six of the eight women being held by coalition forces. [Al-Jazeera, BBC, 1/18]

Iman Jabr, the sister of Iraq's Interior Minister, B ay an Jabr, was freed by her captors after she was abducted on January 3. It was unclear whether the kidnapping was politically-motivated, or whether a ransom was paid to insure Jabr's release. [BBC, 1/18]

Jan. 19: Twenty-two people were killed in two simultaneous suicide bombings in Baghdad. [BBC, 1/19]

Jan. 20: Official results for the December 2005 parliamentary elections showed that the Shi'ite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance won 128 of 275 seats. The secular Kurdistan Coalition List won 53 seats, and the Iraqi Accordance Front, the leading coalition of Sunni Arab parties, won 44 seats. It was expected that the United Iraqi Alliance would form a coalition government to bolster its leverage in the legislature. [WP, 1/21]

Jan. 23: Ra'uf 'Abd al-Rahman was appointed to serve on the judicial panel at the trial of Saddam Husayn. Rahman, a Kurd from Halabja, was chosen to replace Rizgar Amin, who left the panel after complaining of government interference in the proceedings. Rahman's appointment was reportedly an interim measure while Amin's return to the panel was negotiated. [BBC, 1/23]

Jan. 24: Several hundred British and Danish forces raided the homes of suspected rogue elements among Basra's police force, south of Baghdad. Fourteen people were initially detained during the operation. Nine were later released from custody. [Reuters, 1/24]

Two German engineers working at a detergent plant near the town of Beiji were taken hostage by gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms. The abductions took place in the industrial complex surrounding Beiji's oil refinery, Iraq's largest. [Reuters, 1/24]

Jan. 25: A US-appointed audit team revealed that millions of dollars in aid money to Iraq had been misused and improperly documented by Iraqi officials. The report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said that the absence of guidelines for the allocation of funds led much of the aid to be handed out without receipts or guidelines. [BBC, 1/25]

Jan. 26: The US military released 419 detainees from Iraqi prisons, including five women. US officials stressed that the release of the women prisoners was not a response to threats by the abductors of Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll that the journalist would be killed if the US did not release Iraqi women prisoners. [Al-Jazeera, 1/26]

Jan. 29: Several attacks, including six coordinated car bombings, left over 20 Iraqis dead and a US television anchor and his cameraman seriously injured. The bombings took place outside the Vatican Embassy, near several churches in Baghdad, and in the northern city of Kirkuk. [Al Jazeera, 1/29]

Jan. 30: Iraqi Health Minister 'Abd alMuttalib Muhammad 'AIi reported the first case of the H5N1 strain of the bird flu in the country. [BBC, 1/30]

A video reportedly from January 28 showed journalist Jill Caroll alive and appealing for the release of all women prisoners in Iraq. There had been no news from Caroll or her captors since January 18. CarroU's kidnappers had threatened to kill the journalist by January 20 if their demands were not met. [BBC, 1/30]

Jan. 31: Twelve people suspected of being infected with the H5N1 strain of the bird flu were treated in northern Iraq. …

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