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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 29, 2007


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Attacks

- Gunmen shot and killed 23 members of an ancient religious sect in northern Iraq on April 22. Car bombings in Baghdad killed at least another 20 people. In all, at least 72 people were killed or found dead in the country.

- A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-rigged truck into a U.S. military outpost near Baqubah on Monday, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20 in the single deadliest attack on U.S. ground forces in more than a year. Meanwhile, seven bombings killed at least 48 people across Iraq on Monday.

- Eighty-three Iraqis were killed or found dead around the country Tuesday.

- Explosions, shootings and mortar attacks killed at least 45 people across Iraq on Wednesday.

- Violence across Iraq killed at least 72 people Thursday,

- At least 19 people were reported killed or found dead by police nationwide Friday.

Military

- Jessica Lynch, a former soldier whose ordeal in Iraq in 2003 was inaccurately portrayed in the media as a heroic fight against insurgents, testified Tuesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. "The American people are capable of determining their own ideals for heroes, and they don't need to be told elaborate lies, " she said. Lynch never fired a shot against the insurgents who killed other soldiers in the ambush and took Lynch and others hostage.

- Following approval by the House a day before, the Senate passed a bill Thursday that calls for bringing American troops home by next spring. President Bush has vowed to veto the bill.

- Army Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday that the war effort may well get harder before it gets easier and American casualties are likely to continue to climb.

- Army Lt. Col. William Steele has been accused of aiding the enemy - a charge that can carry the death sentence - for allegedly providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees while he commanded an MP detachment at the jail that held Saddam Hussein, the military said Thursday.

- Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, an active-duty Army officer, published a blistering attack on U.S. generals Friday in the Armed Forces Journal, saying they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about the situation there.

- Ex-CIA director George Tenet lashes out at Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials in a new book, saying they pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever conducting a "serious debate" about whether Saddam Hussein posed an imminent U.S. threat, it was reported Friday. At the Center of the Storm is to be published Monday.

- A Spanish judge indicted three U.S. soldiers on Friday in the 2003 death of a Spanish journalist who was killed when their tank opened fire at a hotel in Baghdad.

- The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Bush's top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Rebuilding

- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in Egypt to drum up support among Arab leaders for his Shiite-led government, told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on April 22 that Iraq was not embroiled in a civil or sectarian war. Key Arab leaders pressured him to step up reconciliation efforts to include Sunni insurgents if he expects Arab support.

- Maliki said on April 22 that he had ordered a halt to the U.S. military construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after criticism. U.S. and Iraqi officials had defended plans for the barrier as an effort to protect Sunnis from Shiite attacks, but residents and Sunni leaders said it was a form of discrimination that would isolate the community. U.S. officials signaled Monday they might reconsider the barrier, but the new American ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, also defended the plan Monday, saying it was an effort to protect the Sunni community, not to segregate it.

- A new human rights report issued Wednesday by the United Nations mission in Iraq described high levels of ongoing violence, an unfair and potentially abusive detainee system, and a country suffering from a "breakdown in law and order." For the first time, the United Nations did not include civilian death tolls in the report, saying the Iraqi government would not provide the data. The report upset the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which characterized it as inaccurate and not credible.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3, 346 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Pfc. Jeffrey A. Avery, 19, Colorado Springs, Colo.; explosion Monday; Muqudadiyah.

- Army Cpl. Ray M. Bevel, 22, Andrews, Texas; explosion April 21; Yusifiyah.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery A. Bishop, 23, Dickson, Tenn.; combat April 20; Anbar province.

- Army Sgt. William W. Bushnell, 24, Jasper, Ark.; explosion April 21; Baghdad.

- Marine Cpl. Willie P. Celestine Jr., 21, Lafayette, La.; combat Thursday; Anbar province.

- Army Lt. Kevin J. Gaspers, 26, Hastings, Neb.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Marlon B. Harper, 34, Baltimore; rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire April 21; Baghdad.

- Army Spc. Jerry R. King, 19, Browersville, Ga.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Pfc. Garrett C. Knoll, 23, Bad Axe, Mich.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth E. Locker Jr., 28, Wakefield, Neb.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Adam E. Loggins, 27, Athens, Ala.; Thursday; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Jeremy E. Maresh, 24, Jim Thorpe, Pa.; noncombat incident Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Randell T. Marshall, 22, Fitzgerald, Ga.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Chief Warrant Officer Dwayne L. Moore, 31, Williamsburg, Va.; combat April 19; Mahmudiyah.

- Army Staff Sgt. William C. Moore, 27, Benson, N.C.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Cpl. Wade J. Oglesby, 27, Grand Junction, Colo.; explosion April 18; Taji.

- Army Sgt. Brice A. Pearson, 32, Phoenix; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Dale G. Peterson, 20, Redmond, Ore.; combat Monday; Anbar province.

- Army Spc. Michael J. Rodriguez, 20, Sanford, N.C.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

- Army Cpl. Michael M. Rojas, 21, Fresno, Calif.; explosion April 18; Taji.

- Army Pvt. Michael J. Slater, 19, Scott Depot, W.Va.; vehicle overturned April 21; Taji.

- Staff Sgt. Steven R. Tudor, 36, Dunmore, Pa.; combat April 21; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Michael L. Vaughan, 20, Otis, Ore.; explosion Monday; As Sadah.

[Last modified April 29, 2007, 00:48:35]


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