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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 8, 2006


ATTACKS

- On Oct. 1, at least 23 people were killed in violence, and 21 bodies were found in Baghdad or to the south. Gunmen kidnapped 24 workers and wounded two others at a frozen food factory in Baghdad. The U.S. military announced that two soldiers were killed Sept. 30 in fighting in western Anbar province.

- Gunmen abducted 14 computer shop employees in a bold, midday attack in downtown Baghdad on Monday. Sunni politicians blamed Shiite militias and demanded that the government take action. Seven bodies that had been dumped in southern Baghdad were identified as some of the 24 meat factory workers who were kidnapped Sunday, and at least 20 other people were killed in attacks around the country.

- The U.S. command said Monday that three Marines died in western Anbar province on Saturday. The British military said one soldier was killed and another was injured in a mortar attack Sunday on their headquarters in Basra.

- Violence across Iraq on Tuesday claimed 52 lives.

- Attacks across the country killed 34 people in Iraq on Wednesday.

- Kurdish lawmaker Mohammad Redha Mohammad became the first member of the Parliament to be assassinated Thursday, when he and his driver were found dead with bullet wounds in their heads. Other violence killed at least 11 people.

MILITARY

- On Oct. 1, Iraqi troops backed by American military advisers arrested a suspected Shiite militiaman believed to have carried out kidnappings and killings. A gunbattle broke out at the suspect's house in Baghdad's Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, leaving a woman and a young girl dead, Iraqi police said.

- The international Red Cross said Tuesday it had visited a new U.S. prison at Camp Cropper outside Baghdad and had its first opportunity in more than 20 months to see hundreds of former Abu Ghraib prisoners now housed there.

REBUILDING

- The political bloc of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded a shakeup of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet Oct. 1, the latest challenge to the country's increasingly beleaguered unity government.

- Iraq's major political blocs announced a plan Monday to create local committees of clerics, tribal leaders and military officers to help quell violence in the capital.

- Judges on Tuesday postponed their verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial over a 1982 crackdown on Shiites in Dujail, a long-awaited decision that once held out the hope of healing Iraq's wounds but now threatens to spark even more sectarian violence. The verdict had been expected on Oct. 16 but was delayed until at least the end of the month while judges take extra time to review the evidence and make sure their case is airtight.

- Iraqi authorities on Wednesday pulled a brigade of about 700 police officers out of service in an effort to uproot officers linked to death squads.

- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a surprise visit to Baghdad on Thursday told Iraqi leaders that time to settle their differences was limited and that the level of violence in the country was not tolerable.

- About 4,000 Iraqi policemen have been killed, and more than 8,000 have been wounded in the last two years, the American general in charge of training the country's police forces said Friday.

DEATHS

As of Saturday, 2,739 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Cosgrove III, 23, Cedar Knolls, N.J.; Oct. 1; Anbar province.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Edward M. Garvin, 19, Malden, Mass.; Wednesday; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Satieon V. Greenlee, 24, Pendleton, S.C.; small-arms fire Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Cpl. Chase A. Haag, 22, Portland, Ore.; explosion Oct. 1; Baghdad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Isshak, 25, Alta Loma, Calif.; small-arms fire Tuesday; near Kirkuk.

- Army Sgt. Denise A. Lannaman, 46, Bayside, N.Y.; noncombat related incident Oct. 1; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, 25, Garden Grove, Calif.; Sept. 29; Ramadi.

- Army Staff Sgt. Joe A. Narvaez, 25, San Antonio, Texas; small-arms fire Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Mario Nelson, 26, Brooklyn, N.Y.; explosion Oct. 1; Hit.

- Army Staff Sgt. Scott E. Nisely, 48, Marshalltown, Iowa; Sept. 30; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Michael K. Oremus, 21, Highland, N.Y.; small-arms fire Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Joseph W. Perry, 23, Alpine, Calif.; small-arms fire Monday; Muhallah.

- Marine Capt. Justin D. Peterson, 32, Davisburg, Mich.; nonhostile vehicle accident Oct. 1; Anbar province.

- Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rojas, 27, Hammond, Ind.; small-arms fire Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Marine Cpl. Benjamin S. Rosales, 20, Houston.

- Marine Cpl. Aaron L. Seal, 23, Elkhart, Ind.; Oct. 1; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Kampha B. Sourivong, 20, Iowa City, Iowa; Sept. 30; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Robert F. Weber, 22, Cincinnati; vehicle accident Sept. 30; near Qayyarah West Airfield.