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Digest

Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 15, 2006


ATTACKS

- Police in Baghdad reported Oct. 8 the discovery of at least 53 bodies dumped across the capital over the past 24 hours. All of the victims had been shot and tortured, and their hands were bound.

- A brother of Iraq's vice president was assassinated Monday, the third of his siblings to be killed.

- The head of a mess hall where at least 350 Iraqi policemen suffered food poisoning Oct. 8 was arrested, and a military spokesman said Monday that it was likely that the poisoning was intentional.

- The Iraqi government put forward a new idea Tuesday to help stop sectarian violence: ensuring security checkpoints in the capital have an equal number of Shiite and Sunni troops. Each side accuses the other of backing militias.

- Authorities discovered the mutilated bodies of 60 men in different parts of Baghdad over the 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning, police said. The bodies all had their hands and feet bound and showed signs of torture.

- Attacks killed 14 Iraqis around the country Wednesday, and 11 bodies of suspected victims of sectarian slayings were found around Kut.

- A controversial new study contends that more than 600,000 Iraqis have died in violence in the 3-year-old conflict in Iraq - more than 10 times higher than other independent estimates of the toll. President Bush on Wednesday dismissed the study as "just not credible."

- More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians were killed in Baghdad in September, according to new Health Ministry figures reported Wednesday - 400 more than the month before despite an intensified U.S.-Iraqi sweep aimed at reining in violence.

- Suspected Shiite militiamen, some dressed as police, broke into a television station and gunned down 11 Iraqi executives, producers and other staffers Thursday in Baghdad. It was the deadliest attack against the media in Iraq, where at least 81 other journalists have been killed in the past three years.

MILITARY

- U.S. troops and Iraqi forces engaged in ferocious clashes with militiamen loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the city of Diwaniyah on Oct. 8. American and Iraqi forces said 30 fighters were killed; an official of the Mahdi Army disputed that.

- The U.S. Army has plans to keep the current level of soldiers in Iraq through 2010, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, said Wednesday, a later date than Bush administration or Pentagon officials have mentioned thus far.

- Britain's new army chief, Gen. Richard Dannatt, on Thursday called for a withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, warning that the military's presence there only exacerbates security problems, according to an interview published Thursday. On Friday, Blair said Dannatt's words were taken out of context, and Dannatt tried to tone down his remarks.

- U.S. forces unlawfully fired the heavy-caliber machine gun bullet that killed British journalist Terry Lloyd after an Iraqi civilian loaded the wounded journalist into his car to take him to the hospital shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began in 2003, a British coroner ruled Friday. U.S. authorities denied any wrongdoing and said the U.S. Marines deployed in southern Iraq during the early days of the war were following appropriate rules of engagement.

REBUILDING

- James Baker, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan commission tasked by Congress with assessing U.S. options in Iraq, suggested on Oct. 8 that the panel would recommend a departure from President Bush's calls to "stay the course."

- The Shiite-dominated Parliament on Wednesday passed a law allowing the formation of federal regions in Iraq, despite opposition from Sunni lawmakers and some Shiites who say it will dismember the country and fuel sectarian violence. In a concession to Sunnis, the law includes a provision that regions, which would hold considerable self-rule powers, cannot be formed for another 18 months.

- A witness in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial testified Wednesday that the ousted leader's agents ran a human trafficking ring that sold his sister and other Kurdish women in the 1980s, but the defense immediately challenged the charge as hearsay based on a forged document. The trial concerns a 1987-88 crackdown on Kurdish guerrillas.

DEATHS

As of Saturday, 2,759 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Capt. Shane T. Adcock, 27, Mechanicsville, Va.; grenade fire Wednesday; Hawijah.

- Marine Sgt. Julian M. Arechaga, 23, Oceanside, N.Y.; Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Raymond S. Armijo, 22, Phoenix; explosion Oct 2; Taji.

- Army Sgt. Brandon S. Asbury, 21, Tazewell, Va.; small-arms fire Oct. 7; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Jon E. Bowman, 21, Dubach, La.; Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Dean R. Bright, 32, Roseburg, Ore.; small-arms fire Oct. 4; Taji.

- Army Spc. Timothy R. Burke, 24, Hollywood, Fla.; small-arms fire Oct. 4; Taji.

- Army Staff Sgt. James D. Ellis, 25, Valdosta, Ga.; explosion Oct 2; Taji.

- Marine Pfc. Shelby J. Feniello, 25, Connellsville, Pa.; Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Spec. Timothy A. Fulkerson, 20, Utica, Ky.; explosion Oct. 8; Tikrit.

- Marines Lance Cpl. John E. Hale, 20, Shreveport, La.; Oct. 6; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Justin R. Jarrett, 21, Jonesboro, Ga.; explosion Oct 2; Taji.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen F. Johnson, 20, Marietta, Ga.; Nov. 8; Anbar province.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Derek W. Jones, 21, Salem, Ore.; Nov. 8; Anbar province.

- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher O. Moudry, 31, Baltimore; small-arms fire Oct. 4; Taji.

- Army Spc. George R. Obourn Jr., 20, Creve Coeur, Ill.; small-arms fire Oct. 4; Taji.

- Army Sgt. Lawrence L. Parrish, 36, Lebanon, Mo.; explosion Oct. 7; Baghdad.

- Cpl. Bradford H. Payne, 24, Montgomery, Ala.; Nov. 8; Anbar province.

- Marine Capt. Robert M. Secher, 33, Germantown, Tenn.; Nov. 8; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Kristofer C. Walker, 20, Creve Coeur, Ill.; explosion Oct 2; Taji.

- Marine Sgt. Justin T. Walsh, 24, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Wednesday from wounds received Oct. 5; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Phillip B. Williams, 21, Gardnerville, Nev.; injuries from enemy contact Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Spec. John E. Wood, 37, Humboldt, Kan.; explosion Oct. 7; Baghdad.

[Last modified October 15, 2006, 02:03:12]


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