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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 25, 2007


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Attacks

- Across Iraq, at least 20 people were killed March 18. Twelve died in Baghdad and eight were slain in a Sunni car bombing in a predominantly Shiite district, police said.

- Bombs tore through a Shiite mosque during prayers in Baghdad and struck several targets in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 26 people. Additionally, 29 bullet-riddled bodies turned up in the capital and at least 25 decomposed bodies were found east of Ramadi.

- At least 18 people were killed Tuesday by bomb and mortar attacks in Baghdad, and the bodies of 32 men were found across Baghdad.

- Iraqi police said Wednesday that children were used in a weekend car bombing in which the driver gained permission to park in a busy shopping area after he pointed out that he was leaving his children in the back seat. Police also reported that 54 people were killed or found dead across the country Wednesday.

- A rocket exploded 50 yards from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon during a news conference Thursday in Baghdad's Green Zone, causing him to cringe and duck just minutes after Iraq's prime minister said the visit showed the city was "on the road to stability. Iraqi police announced that at least 44 Iraqis were killed or found dead Thursday.

- A suicide bomber blew himself up among worshipers at the home of Deputy Prime Minister Salam Al-Zubaie on Friday, seriously wounding the leader and killing at least nine people in a security breakdown that shook the image of a calming Baghdad. In other violence, four people were killed in a bombing in Baghdad, and police reported finding 31 apparent victims of sectarian killings dumped nationwide.

Military

- Defense Secretary Robert Gates spends time nearly every evening adding a few sentences to letters to the families of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, he said March 18. "I guess it's because I feel a personal responsibility for each one of these men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," Gates said.

- U.S. troops killed five insurgents and destroyed a bomb-making factory Wednesday north of Baghdad, and dozens more were detained after fierce clashes in a Sunni-dominated province west of the capital. U.S. troops also pushed into a dangerous Sunni Arab area of west Baghdad, searching houses in the expanding security crackdown.

Rebuilding

- President Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, said March 18 that House Democrats will assure failure in Iraq and waste the sacrifice of U.S. soldiers with legislation to remove troops.

- A Los Angeles Times examination of the United States' counterterrorism priorities shows it moving away from addressing terrorism's underlying causes. In recent years, the Pentagon has received a larger share of the counterterrorism budget, while "indirect action" programs to win the campaign through diplomacy and other nonmilitary means have struggled for funding and attention, according to a review of budget documents and interviews with dozens of current and former U.S. officials. Even within the Pentagon, many so-called soft power programs appear to be getting squeezed out.

- Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Taha Yassin Ramadan, was hanged before dawn Tuesday in Baghdad for the killing of 148 Shiites. He was the fourth man executed for the deaths in Dujail after a 1982 assassination attempt against Hussein, who was executed on Dec. 30.

- Senate Democrats on Wednesday revived legislation urging Bush to bring combat troops home from Iraq in a year, attaching the plan to a $122-billion measure needed to fund the war.

- Saad Yousif al-Muttalibi of the Ministry of National Dialogue and Reconciliation said Thursday that the Iraqi government had been in indirect talks with some Sunni insurgent groups for several months, but the effort to persuade the groups to lay down their arms remain deadlocked because the government wouldn't set a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal.

- A sharply divided House voted Friday to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next summer, attaching a timetable for withdrawal to the billions of dollars in war funding Bush has requested. The 218-212 vote was mostly along party lines.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3,234 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Sgt. John E. Allen, 25, Palmdale, Calif.; roadside bomb March 17; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Brevard, 31, Phoenix; explosion March 16; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Wayne R. Cornell, 26, Holstein, Neb.; explosion Tuesday; Baghdad

- Pfc. William N. Davis, 26, Adrian, Mich.; roadside bomb March 17; Baghdad.

- Army Spc. Curtis E. Glawson Jr., 24, Daleville, Ala.; explosion Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Ryan P. Green, 24, Woodlands, Texas; explosion March 15; Baghdad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Darrell R. Griffin Jr., 36, Alhambra, Calif.; small-arms fire Wednesday; Balad.

- Army Spc. Marieo Guerrero, 30, Fort Worth, Texas; roadside bomb March 17; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Raymond J. Holzhauer, 19, Dwight, Ill.; noncombat incident March 15; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Anthony A. Kaiser, 27, Narrowsburg, N.Y.; small-arms fire March 17; Baghdad.

- Pfc. John F. Landry Jr., 20, Lowell, Mass.; roadside bomb March 17; Baghdad.

- Marine Cpl. Dustin J. Lee, 20, Quitman, Miss.; combat Wednesday; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Nicholas J. Lightner, 29, Newport, Ore.; Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, of wounds suffered from an explosion March 15 in Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Stephen K. Richardson, 22, Bridgeport, Conn.; explosion Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Joey T. Sams II, 22, Spartanburg, S.C.; noncombat injuries Wednesday; Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

- Sgt. Ed Santini, 25, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; roadside bomb March 17; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin L. Sebban, 29, Chattanooga, Tenn.; explosion March 17; Baqubah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Gina R. Sparks, 35, Drury, Mo.; Oct. 4, 2004, at Fort Polk, La., from non-combat related incident.

- Army Sgt. 1st Class John S. Stephens, San Antonio, Texas; combat March 15; Tikrit.

- Army Sgt. Nimo W. Tauala, 29, Honolulu; noncombat incident March 17; Muqdadiyah.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Harry H. Timberman, 20, Minong, Wis.; combat March 17; Anbar province.

- Army Lt. Col. Peter E. Winston, 56, Plant City; Nov. 13 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, from noncombat incident in Iraq.

[Last modified March 25, 2007, 01:14:33]


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