Last week in Iraq
By TIMES WIRES
Published April 15, 2007
- A truck bomb near the Mahmoudiyah General Hospital killed at least 18 people and wounded 23 on April 8. At least 47 people were killed or found dead in violence, including 17 execution victims dumped in the capital.
- Twenty-five people were killed or found dead in the country Monday, according to police and morgue reports.
- Four Iraqi soldiers were killed, 16 U.S. soldiers were wounded and a U.S. helicopter was hit by ground fire in central Baghdad on Tuesday. In Muqdadiyah, a woman with a suicide vest strapped beneath her Muslim robe blew herself up amid 200 Iraqi police recruits, killing at least 16 men.
- The U.S. military announced two more soldier deaths Wednesday: One soldier was killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb Wednesday in the capital, and another soldier died a day earlier in an attack in Baghdad. At least 28 people were killed or found dead across Iraq on Wednesday.
- A suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of lawmakers in the Parliament dining hall Thursday. U.S. officials initially said eight people, including Parliament members, were killed in the attack in the American-guarded Green Zone. They later revised the number to one person, a lawmaker, killed. In another attack, a bombing sent the al-Sarafiya bridge linking east and west Baghdad plunging into the Tigris River. At least 10 people died.
- U.S. forces on April 8 announced the capture of a senior al-Qaida leader and two others in a raid in Baghdad.
- U.S. and Iraqi officials announced April 8 that troops found a huge stash of weapons, including 33 Kalashnikov rifles and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, in an April 3 raid on the home of Sunni lawmaker Khalaf al-Ilyan.
- The U.S. effort to stabilize western Iraq, a hotbed of the Sunni Arab insurgency, has reached a turning point with new prospects for success, the top Marine general, James T. Conway, said Monday.
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Army is adding three months to the standard yearlong tour for all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Torching American flags and demanding that U.S. troops leave Iraq, followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered by the thousands Monday in Najaf for a protest that marked the fourth anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall from power.
- Millions of Iraqis are in a "disastrous" situation that is getting worse, the international Red Cross said Wednesday in a 13-page report, "Civilians Without Protection: The Ever-Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq."
- Iraq's Parliament met in an extraordinary session of "defiance" Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, and declared it would not bow to terrorism. A bouquet of red roses and a white lily sat in the place of Mohammed Awad, the lawmaker killed in the Parliament dining hall suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaida.
As of Saturday, 3,297 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
- Army Cpl. Jason J. Beadles, 22, La Porte, Ind.; noncombat injury Thursday; Baghdad.
- Navy Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter, 36, Villa Hills, Ky.; combat April 6; near Kirkuk.
- Army Pfc. Kyle G. Bohrnsen, 22, Philipsburg, Mont.; explosion Tuesday; Baghdad.
- Army Staff Sgt. Harrison Brown, 31, Prichard, Ala.; small-arms fire April 8; Baghdad.
- Army Staff Sgt. Jerry C. Burge, 39, Carriere, Miss.; explosion April 4; Taji.
- Army Pfc. Jay S. Cajimat, 20, Lahaina, Hawaii; explosion April 6; Baghdad.
- Army Cpl. Joseph H. Cantrell IV, 23, Ashland, Ky.; explosion April 4; Taji.
- Army Sgt. Forrest D. Cauthorn, 22, Midlothian, Va.; small-arms fire and grenades April 5; Hawijah.
- Army Spc. Ryan S. Dallam, 24, Norman, Okla.; explosion April 6; Baghdad.
- Army Spc. Ebe F. Emolo, 33, Greensboro, N.C.; explosion April 7; Zaganiyah.
- Army Pfc. Walter Freeman Jr., 20, Lancaster, Calif.; explosion April 4; Baghdad.
- Army Pfc. Daniel A. Fuentes, 19, Levittown, N.Y.; explosion April 6; Baghdad.
- Army Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh, 25, East Hampstead, N.H.; explosion April 7; Zaganiyah.
- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, Burley, Idaho; combat April 6; near Kirkuk.
- Army Pfc. Brian L. Holden, 20, Claremont, N.C.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.
- Army Spc. Levi K. Hoover, 23, Midland, Mich.; explosion April 7; Zaganiyah.
- Army Sgt. Adam P. Kennedy, 25, Norfolk, Mass.; indirect fire April 8; Diwaniyah.
- Army Spc. James T. Lindsey, 20, Florence, Ala.; explosion Thursday; Baghdad.
- Army Pfc. Rodney L. McCandless, 21, Camden, Ark.; explosion April 7; Zaganiyah.
- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, 26, Valdosta, Ga.; combat April 6; near Kirkuk.
- Navy Cmdr. Philip A. Murphy-Sweet, 42, Caldwell, Idaho; combat April 7; near Baghdad.
- Army 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel, 27, Maryland; grenade wounds April 8; Balad.
- Army 1st Lt. Gwilym J. Newman, 24, Waldorf, Md.; small-arms fire Thursday; Tarmiyah.
- Army Capt. Anthony Palermo, 26, Brockton, Mass.; explosion April 6; Baghdad.
- Army Pvt. Damian Lopez Rodriguez, Tucson, Ariz.; explosion April 6; Baghdad.
- Army Sgt. Raymond S. Sevaaetasi, 29, Pago Pago, American Samoa; explosion Wednesday; Baghdad.
- Army Pfc. David N. Simmons, 20, Kokomo, Ind.; small-arms fire April 8; Baghdad.
- Army Sgt. Todd A. Singleton, 24, Muskegon, Mich.; explosion and small-arms fire April 8; Baghdad.
- Army Spc. Ismael G. Solorio, 21, San Luis, Ariz.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.
- Army Spc. Clifford A. Spohn III, 21, Albuquerque, N.M; indirect fire Monday; Karmah.
- Army Pvt. Brett A. Walton, 37, Hillsboro, Ore.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.
- Army Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 25, Santa Rosa, Calif.; April 8 from small-arms fire; Baqubah.
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