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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 13, 2006


ATTACKS

- A suicide bomber killed 10 people and injured 22 at a funeral in Tikrit on Aug. 6.

- A suicide truck bomber attacked the Samara headquarters of an Iraqi police commando force Monday, killing at least 10.

- A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday among pilgrims outside Iraq's holiest Shiite shrine, killing 35 people and wounding 122 in Najaf. At least 37 other people were killed or found dead elsewhere, police said.

- Shiite assailants ransacked and burned a provincial office of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Kurdish party early Friday, accusing its official newspaper of unfairly criticizing a Shiite cleric, police said. A vehicle ban generally kept Baghdad quiet Friday. However, gunmen shot and killed three people in the capital and police found six unidentified bodies.

MILITARY

- A raid by U.S. forces early Monday on a Shiite stronghold in Baghdad that killed three drew a strong rebuke from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said it could undermine his efforts toward national reconciliation.

- A U.S. Army UH60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed Tuesday in Anbar province, killing two soldiers and injuring four U.S. service members. The military said the crash was not a result of hostile fire.

- Proceedings against four soldiers suspected in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the death of her family began Aug. 6.

- U.S. troops on Wednesday announced the arrests of four Iraqi men in the kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll, who was freed in March after 82 days in captivity. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the four, who were not identified, were arrested in Anbar province.

- Joe Darby, the soldier who triggered the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal by sending incriminating photos to military investigators, talked about the fallout with the Associated Press on Wednesday and Gentleman's Quarterly for its September issue. He said he has no regrets, even though friends and family members have called him a traitor and he feared deadly retaliation by other soldiers. He also said he was shocked when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld identified him at a Senate hearing; he didn't know his name was already in the news.

DEATHS

As of Saturday, 2,600 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Sgt. Bradley H. Beste, 22, Naperville, Ill.; explosion Aug. 4; Ramadi.

- Army Sgt. Jeffery S. Brown, 25, Trinity Center, Calif.; helicopter accident Tuesday; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Brian J. Kubik, 20, Harker Heights, Texas; Aug. 5 of wounds from small-arms fire suffered Aug. 2; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Z. Long, 18, Sun Valley, Nev.; Thursday; Anbar province.

- Army Staff Sgt. Tracy L. Melvin, 31, Seattle; explosion Aug. 6; Ramadi.

- Army Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer, 26, Granite City, Ill.; helicopter accident Tuesday; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, Clovis, N.M.; vehicle accident Aug. 4; Habbaniyah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Clint J. Storey, 30, Enid, Okla.; explosion Aug. 4; Ramadi.