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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 13, 2007


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Attacks

- At least 95 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide May 6. The largest attack included a car bomb that claimed 30 lives in a Baghdad market.

- Suicide bombers killed 13 people in two attacks Monday around the Sunni Arab city of Ramadi, officials said. In all, at least 68 people were killed or found dead nationwide, police said.

- A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people Tuesday in a crowded market in the Shiite holy city of Kufa, threatening to further stoke sectarian tensions in relatively peaceful areas south of Baghdad. At least 68 people were killed or found dead nationwide.

- A suicide truck bomb Wednesday claimed at least 14 lives in Irbil.

- A series of evening explosions rocked Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least two people. At least 35 people were killed or found dead nationwide.

- Twin suicide car bombers struck police checkpoints at bridges in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 23 people just hours after a series of U.S. raids on car bomb networks around the capital killed four suspected insurgents. In all, at least 52 Iraqis were killed or found dead Friday in politically related violence.

Military

- More carnage is likely over the next three months as additional U.S. forces arrive in Baghdad under President Bush's troop "surge" because "we're taking the fight to the enemy, " said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Infantry Division commander who oversees four of the five surge brigades.

- U.S. and Iraqi forces raided the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad on May 6, uncovering in one home a weapons cache including powerful roadside bombs that have been linked to Iran and a torture room. At least eight insurgents died in a gunbattle, the U.S. military said. The military evacuated surrounding homes and detonated the building, rather than risk moving the explosives and accidentally setting them off, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.

- Residents in Baqubah said that a U.S. helicopter fired on a group of school students, killing as many as seven. Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a military spokesman, said there was helicopter activity in the area and the accusations were being investigated.

- The Pentagon on Tuesday alerted more than 35, 000 Army soldiers that they could be sent to Iraq this fall, a move that would allow the military to maintain heightened American troop levels into next year.

- The Town Council in Haditha complained to Marine officers about the 2005 killings of 24 civilians, including women and children, but U.S. military officials rejected a call to investigate, Marine intelligence Capt. Jeffrey Dinsmore testified Friday. Also Friday, chief of staff Gen. George Casey said the U.S. Army will offer incentives to keep mid-level officers as it faces another decade or so in combat around the world.

Rebuilding

- House Democrats said Monday that they may push ahead with a new war spending bill that would provide money for combat operations through midsummer, with the rest of the funds sought by President Bush withheld until commanders in Iraq provide a report on conditions there.

- The threat of a walkout by Iraq's leading Sunni bloc in Parliament and the Cabinet seemed to subside Tuesday after a meeting between the Shiite prime minister, Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, and Tariq al-Hashimi, the Sunni vice president.

- Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to urge Iraqi lawmakers to work harder on achieving political compromise on several key issues. He also expressed concern about lawmakers' plans to take a two-month recess this summer.

- The Democrat-controlled House voted Thursday night to pay for military operations in Iraq on an installment plan, defying President Bush's threat of a second straight veto in a fierce test of wills over the unpopular war. The 221-205 vote, largely along party lines, sent the measure to a cool reception in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is seeking compromise with the White House and Republicans on a funding bill.

- Radical Shiite politicians pressed Thursday for legislation demanding a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops and a freeze on the number of foreign forces already in the country - even as the U.S. Congress debates the fate of the troubled mission. The measure had not yet been introduced in Parliament.

- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, worried about growing opposition in Congress to funding for the war, said Friday he believes U.S. and British troops will need to stay in Iraq for one or two more years to help stem the bloodshed.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3, 391 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Cpl. Matthew L. Alexander, 21, Gretna, Neb.; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Cpl. Anthony M. Bradshaw, 21, San Antonio, Texas; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Sgt. Maj. Bradly D. Conner, 41, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; explosion Wednesday; Al-Hillah.

- Army Spc. Robert J. Dixon, 27, Minneapolis; explosion May 6; Baghdad.

- Army Spc. Kelly B. Grothe, 21, Spokane, Wash.; explosion May 3; Ramadi.

- Army Pfc. Larry I. Guyton, 22, Brenham, Texas; May 5 from wounds received in explosion May 4 in Baghdad; Balad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher N. Hamlin, 24, London, Ky.; explosion May 4; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Jason R. Harkins, 25, Clarkesville, Ga.; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Pfc. Roy L. Jones III, 21, Houston; small-arms fire Thursday; Diwaniyah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Kiernan, 37, Virginia Beach, Va.; small-arms fire May 6; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Joel W. Lewis, 28, Sandia Park, N.M.; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Spc. Kyle A. Little, 20, West Boylston, Mass.; explosion Tuesday; Salman Pak.

- Marine Master Sgt. Kenneth N. Mack, 42, Fort Worth, Texas; combat May 5; Anbar province.

- Army Staff Sgt. Virgil C. Martinez, 33, West Valley, Utah; explosion and small arms fire in Baghdad; May 6 in Kadhimiyah.

- Army Spc. Dan H. Nguyen, 24, Sugar Land, Texas; small-arms fire Tuesday; Tahrir.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Walter K. O'Haire, 20, Lynn, Mass.; Wednesday; Anbar province.

- Marine Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II, 36, Manteca, Calif.; combat May 5; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Jerome J. Potter, 24, Tacoma, Wash.; explosion May 3; Baghdad.

- Army Cpl. Michael A. Pursel, 19, Clinton, Utah; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Sgt. Sameer A. M. Rateb, 22, Absecon, N.J.; May 6 of injuries from noncombat related incident; Bayji.

- Army Staff Sgt. Vincenzo Romeo, 23, Lodi, N.J.; explosion May 6; Baqubah.

- Army Staff Sgt. Coby G. Schwab, 25, Puyallup, Wash.; explosion May 3; Ramadi.

- Army Sgt. Blake C. Stephens, 25, Pocatello, Idaho; explosion Tuesday; Salman Pak.

- Army Sgt. Jason W. Vaughn, 29, Iuka, Miss.; explosion Thursday; Baqubah.

[Last modified May 13, 2007, 00:16:58]


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