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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 1, 2007


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Attacks

- Gunmen fired on Iraqi soldiers March 25, prompting fierce fighting in a Sunni insurgent stronghold in Baghdad. At least two civilians were killed. Elsewhere in Iraq, at least 31 people were killed or found dead.

- At least 35 people were killed or found dead Monday. Fifteen bullet-riddled bodies were found in Baghdad.

- Two truck bombs shattered markets in Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people.

- Shiite militants and police enraged by deadly truck bombings in Tal Afar went on a shooting rampage against Sunnis in the city Wednesday, killing between 45 and 70 men. In Fallujah, Iraqi security forces shot two suicide truck bombers carrying highly toxic chlorine before they could reach a government complex, but the explosives detonated, wounding 15 U.S. and Iraqi forces, the American military said. At least 44 people were killed or found dead elsewhere in Iraq.

- At least 178 people were killed or found dead Thursday, in one of Iraq's deadliest days in years. Five suicide bombers struck Shiite marketplaces in northeast Baghdad and a town north of the capital at nightfall, killing at least 122 people and wounding more than 150.

- Iraqi police said 26 people were slain or found dead nationwide Friday.

Military

- The Marine Corps is recalling 1,800 reservists to active duty, citing a shortage of volunteers to fill some jobs in Iraq. Members of the branch's Individual Ready Reserve were to get letters last week notifying them of plans to mobilize them involuntarily for a year, said Lt. Col. Jeff Riehl of Marine manpower and reserve affairs. They would report for duty in October and deploy to Iraq early next year, Riehl said.

- Leaders of a car-bombing ring believed responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Iraqis in the Shiite Sadr City enclave and elsewhere in Baghdad have been captured, the U.S. military said Monday.

- U.S. commanders in Iraq won't know until at least autumn when they can begin to bring troop levels back down, chief spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Gen. Lance L. Smith, the general responsible for preparing forces for overseas deployment, said Army combat troops are likely to have to go back to Iraq with less than a year at home if the Bush administration decides to maintain higher force levels through early next year. Smith added that units due to rotate out of Iraq also would probably have to be extended.

- The Senate approved legislation Thursday calling for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq within a year, propelling Congress closer to a wartime veto confrontation with President Bush. The 51-47 vote was largely along party lines. The Senate must now reconcile its bill with one already passed by the House. Both bills contain more than $90-billion for the military to continue operations in Afghanistan as well as Iraq, as well as more than $20-billion in domestic spending that the president wants stripped out.

Rebuilding

- The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, held talks last year with men he believed represented major insurgent groups in a drive to bring militant Sunni Arabs into politics, he said in an interview published March 25. He is the first American official to publicly acknowledge holding such talks.

- Ryan Crocker was sworn in Thursday as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, replacing Khalilzad.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3,246 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Marine Cpl. Henry W. Bogrette, 21, Richville, N.Y.; combat March 22; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Curtis J. Forshey, 22, Hollidaysburg, Pa.; noncombat-related illness Tuesday; Homburg, Germany.

- Army Sgt. Freeman L. Gardner Jr., 26, Little Rock, Ark.; explosion March 22; Baghdad.

- Marine Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski, 30, Lewisburg, Tenn.; combat Tuesday; Anbar province.

- Pfc. Orlando E. Gonzalez, 21, New Freedom, Pa.; explosion March 25; Baqubah.

- Army Sgt. Adrian J. Lewis, 30, Mauldin, S.C.; small-arms fire March 21; Ramadi.

- Army Spc. Sean K. McDonald, 21, Rosemount, Minn.; explosion March 25; Baghdad.

- Cpl. Jason Nunez, 22, Naranjito, Puerto Rico; explosion March 25; Baqubah.

- Army Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 30, Frazee, Minn.; explosion March 23; Habbaniyah.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Roberts, 21, Oklahoma City; combat March 24; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Lance C. Springer II, 23, Benbrook, Texas; explosion March 23; Baghdad.

- Sgt. Jason W. Swiger, 24, South Portland, Maine; explosion March 25; Baqubah.

- Army Master Sgt. Sean M. Thomas, 33, Harrisburg, Pa.; small-arms fire Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Pfc. Anthony J. White, 21, Columbia, S.C.; explosion March 25; Baqubah.

[Last modified April 1, 2007, 00:34:04]


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