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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 18, 2007


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Attacks

- A suicide bomber crashed a dump truck into a police station in Dour on Feb. 11. Local officials said at least 31 people died. A total of 76 people were killed or found dead across Iraq.

- Three car bombs ripped apart a crowded marketplace in a Shiite neighborhood of central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 78 people, police said. A suicide bombing nearby killed at least nine. Nationwide, 139 people were killed or found dead in violence, according to police reports.

- A suicide truck bomber struck a government warehouse in a mainly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 27, police and hospital officials said.

- A series of car bomb blasts killed at least seven civilians in Baghdad on Thursday.

Military

- U.S. military officials on Feb. 11 accused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shiite militants in Iraq with sophisticated armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 Americans.

- A U.S. Army pilot said Feb. 11 that enemy fire hit at least 17 U.S. helicopters a month in Iraq but that flying time for troops was increasing because of the risks of road travel.

- Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that the discovery that roadside bombs in Iraq contained material made in Iran does not necessarily mean the Iranian government was involved in supplying insurgents. The comments called into question assertions by three senior U.S. military officials in Baghdad on Feb. 11.

Rebuilding

- An Iraqi court changed the sentence Monday for Saddam Hussein's former deputy Taha Yassin Ramadan from life imprisonment to death by hanging for his role in the killing of 148 Shiites in 1982, ignoring pleas from the United Nations and human rights organizations.

- Democrats relentlessly assailed President Bush's policy in Iraq as a catastrophic failure Tuesday as the House plunged into momentous debate on the war. Many Republicans framed the war as an important battleground in a global struggle against militant Islam.

- The Iraqi commander of the Baghdad security crackdown announced Tuesday that Iraq will close its borders with Syria and Iran and ordered the return of unlawfully seized homes as part of the drive to end the violence in the capital.

- The Iraqi government formally launched a long-awaited security crackdown in Baghdad on Wednesday, with U.S. and Iraqi troops stepping up patrols, setting up new checkpoints and randomly searching cars to stop the violence in the capital.

- The House on Friday passed a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush's decision to send more U.S. troops to Iraq. The vote was 246-182.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3,135 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Capt. Donnie R. Belser Jr., 28, Anniston, Ala.; small-arms fire Feb. 10; Baqubah.

- Army Pfc. Brian A. Browning, 20, Astoria, Ore.; small-arms fire Feb. 6; Baghdad.

- Army Spc. Leeroy A. Camacho, 28, Saipan, Mariana Islands; explosion Feb. 9; Baqubah.

- Army Spc. Ross A. Clevenger, 21, Givens Hot Springs, Idaho; explosion Feb. 8; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Branden C. Cummings, 20, Titusville; explosion Wednesday; Baqouba.

- Marine Capt. Jennifer J. Harris, 28, Swampscott, Mass.; helicopter crash Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Marine Pfc. Tarryl B. Hill, 19, Shelby Township, Mich.; Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. James J. Holtom, 22, Rexburg, Idaho; explosion Feb. 8; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Russell A. Kurtz, 22, Bethel Park, Pa.; explosion Feb. 11; Fallujah.

- Marine 1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker, 25, Big Bear City, Calif.; helicopter crash Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel T. Morris, 19, Crimora, Va.; Wednesday; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. First Class Allen Mosteiro, 42, Fort Worth, Texas; small-arms fire Wednesday; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew P. Pathenos, 21, Ballwin, Mo.; during combat operations Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Marine Sgt. Travis D. Pfister, 27, Richland, Wash.; helicopter crash Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. James J. Regan, 26, Manhasset, N.Y., explosion Feb. 9; northern Iraq.

- Army Staff Sgt. Eric Ross, 26, Kenduskeag, Maine; explosion Feb. 9; Baqubah.

- Marine Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, 30, Toms River, N.J.; helicopter crash Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Dennis L. Sellen Jr., 20, Newhall, Calif.; non-combat related injuries Feb. 11; Umm Qasr.

- Army Staff Sgt. Alan W. Shaw, 31, Little Rock, Ark.; explosion Feb. 9; Baqubah.

- Army Pvt. Clarence T. Spencer, 24, San Diego; small-arms fire Feb. 4; Baqubah.

- Army Pfc. Nickolas A. Tanton, 24, San Antonio, Texas; noncombat related injuries Tuesday; Kirkuk.

- Army Sgt. Robert B. Thrasher, 23, Folsom, Calif.; small-arms fire Feb. 11; Baghdad.

- Marine Sgt. James R. Tijerina, 26, Beasley, Texas; helicopter crash Feb. 7; Anbar province.

- Army Pvt. Raymond M. Werner, 21, Boise, Idaho; explosion Feb. 8; Anbar province.

[Last modified February 18, 2007, 01:08:00]


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