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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 22, 2007


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Attacks

- Six bombs exploded from midday until after nightfall April 15 in mostly Shiite Muslim sections of Baghdad, killing at least 45 people in a renewal of sectarian carnage.

- In the northern city of Mosul, a university dean, a professor, a police officer's son and 13 soldiers died Monday in attacks bearing the signs of al-Qaida in Iraq. Nationwide, at least 51 people were killed or found dead.

- Seventeen decomposing corpses were found buried beneath two school yards in Ramadi on Tuesday. Across the country, at least 85 people were killed or found dead.

- Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people. Nationwide, the number of people killed or found dead was 233, second only to a total of 281 killed or found dead on Nov. 23, 2006.

- A suicide bomber killed 12 people in a mostly Shiite district of Baghdad on Thursday. Two Iraqi soldiers were among the fatalities. A Sunni insurgent coalition posted Web videos naming the head of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, as "minister of war" and showing the execution of 20 men it said were members of the Iraqi military and security forces.

- U.S. helicopters pounded an area near a Shiite mosque with heavy machine-gun fire Friday, killing two militants just ahead of the start of weekly prayer services.

Military

- Two British helicopters crashed April 15 after an apparent midair collision near Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad, killing two service members, British officials said. Four others were injured in the crash.

- A U.S. Kiowa helicopter was hit April 15 by insurgent ground fire near Mosul but landed safely with no injuries.

- At least 13 Iraqi soldiers were killed and four were wounded Monday when more than a dozen gunmen hiding in the back of a truck attacked a military checkpoint near Mosul, police said.

- A U.S. military brigade is constructing a 3-mile-long, 12-foot high concrete wall to cut off Adhamiya, one of Baghdad's most restive Sunni Arab districts, from Shiite Muslim neighborhoods. The wall would be the first to essentially divide a neighborhood by sect.

- The Marine Corps chain of command in Iraq ignored "obvious" signs of "serious misconduct" in the 2005 slayings of 24 civilians in Haditha, and commanders fostered a climate that devalued the life of innocent Iraqis to the point that their deaths were considered an insignificant part of the war, according to an investigation by Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell that was made public Friday.

Rebuilding

- Saleh al-Aujaili and Hassan al-Rubaie, members of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc in Parliament, said April 15 that Sadr's six followers in the Iraqi Cabinet would quit their posts. They said the cleric had ordered the action as a protest over arrests of leaders in his Shiite militia and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's failure to back a timetable for U.S. withdrawal. They said Sadr's 30 legislators would remain in Parliament.

- Dozens of Iraqi police officers demonstrated April 15 in front of their Baghdad station, accusing U.S. forces of treating them like "animals" and "slaves."

- The United States, Britain and other European Union countries must accept more Iraqi refugees to avert a humanitarian crisis in Middle Eastern countries overwhelmed by those fleeing violence, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Refugee Council warned on Monday.

- Baghdad security has improved but the gains will be lost unless Iraqis find a way to bring minority Sunnis fully into the government, chief of U.S. Central Command Navy Adm. William Fallon told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday in Washington.

- On his third visit to Iraq since becoming defense secretary in December, Defense Secretary Robert Gates carried an unmistakable message intended to stir the fractious Iraqi government to act against sectarian strife. "The clock is ticking," Gates said Thursday, referring to the limits on U.S. patience with the course of the war. Also Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the war in Iraq is "lost," triggering an angry backlash by Republicans who said the top Democrat had turned his back on the troops.

- President Bush said Friday that sectarian murders have dropped by half in Baghdad since the U.S.-Iraqi military buildup began in February.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3,319 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Basham, 22, Kenosha, Wis.; noncombat injuries April 14; Doha, Qatar.

- Army Spc. Ryan A. Bishop, 32, Euless, Texas; explosion April 14; Baghdad.

- Marine 1st Lt. Shaun M. Blue, 25, Munster, Ind.; wounds Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. John G. Borbonus, 19, Boise, Idaho; explosion April 12; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Larry R. Bowman, 29, Granite Falls, N.C.; explosion April 13; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Jesse D. Delatorre, 29, Aurora, Ill.; wounds Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Mario K. De Leon, 26, San Francisco; small-arms fire Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Aaron M. Genevie, 22, Chambersburg, Pa.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Richard P. Langenbrunner, 19, Fort Wayne, Ind.; noncombat injury Tuesday; Rustamiyah.

- Army Pfc. Jason M. Morales, 20, La Puente, Calif.; small-arms fire Wednesday; Baghdad.

- Army Cpl. Cody A. Putnam, 22, Lafayette, Ind.; explosion April 12; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Santee, 21, Mission Viejo, Calif.; nonhostile vehicle accident April 14; Anbar province.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Scherry, 20, Rocky River, Ohio; nonhostile accident Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. Joshua A. Schmit, 26, Willmar, Minn.; explosion April 14; Fallujah.

- Army Pfc. Lucas V. Starcevich, 25, St. Charles, Ill.; vehicle explosion Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Steven J. Walberg, 18, Paradise, Calif.; small-arms fire April 15; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Brandon L. Wallace, 27, St. Louis, Mo.; vehicle explosion April 14; Fallujah.

[Last modified April 22, 2007, 00:38:28]


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