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Last week in Iraq

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 27, 2007


Attacks

- In Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a truck bomb laden with chlorine exploded May 20 near a police checkpoint, killing 11 people, including six officers, and wounding 22 others, police said. A parked vehicle blew up near the Interior Ministry headquarters in central Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 10.

- At least 100 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide Tuesday. In the deadliest attack, a car bomb exploded at an outdoor market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 25 people and wounding at least 60.

- A bomb hidden in a parked car struck the funeral procession of a Sunni tribal leader Thursday, killing at least 26 mourners.

Military

- U.S. forces on a raid in northern Baghdad killed Shiite militant Azhar al-Dulaimi, believed to have masterminded a brazen January attack in Karbala that led to the capture and killing of four U.S. soldiers, the military confirmed May 20.

- In an open letter released May 20, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, called on Iraqis to reject violence and embrace reconciliation.

- Iraq's military is drawing up plans to cope with any quick U.S. military pullout, the Iraqi defense minister said Monday. - A body found by Iraqi police Wednesday was identified as Army Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, Calif., one of three U.S. soldiers seized in an ambush May 12. The two others are still missing.

- Congress voted Thursday to finance the Iraq war through September, and President Bush said American forces face many casualties in the months ahead as insurgents try to "shake the will" of the United States. Bush signed the funding bill on Friday.

Rebuilding

- The Sunni vice president on May 20 spoke out against a proposed oil law, clouding the future of a key benchmark for assuring continued U.S. support for the government.

- Bush on Monday expressed confidence in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki despite growing frustration in Congress about his government. Bush called Maliki to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.

- Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced Friday after nearly four months in hiding and demanded U.S. troops leave Iraq, a development likely to complicate U.S. efforts to crack down on violence and broker political compromise.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3, 450 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

- Army Sgt. 1st Class Jesse B. Albrecht, 31, Hager City, Wis.; explosion May 17; Iskandariya.

- Army Spc. Benjamin J. Ashley, 22, Independence, Mo.; explosion Thursday; Balad.

- Army Sgt. Brian D. Ardron, 32, Acworth, Ga.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Ryan J. Baum, 27, Aurora, Colo., small-arms fire May 18; Karmah.

- Army Spc. David W. Behrle, 20, Tipton, Iowa; explosion May 19; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott J. Brown, 33, Windsor, Colo.; explosion and small-arms fire May 18; Baghdad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Steve Butcher Jr., 27, Penfield, N.Y.; explosion Wednesday; Ramadi.

- Army Pfc. Daniel P. Cagle, 22, Carson, Calif.; explosion Wednesday; Ramadi.

- Army Cpl. Ryan D. Collins, 20, Vernon, Texas; May 19 from combat wounds; Hamiyah.

- Army Spc. Michael W. Davis, 22, San Marcos, Texas; explosion Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Pfc. Robert H. Dembowski, 20, Ivyland, Pa.; small-arms fire Thursday; Baghdad.

- Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin D. Desilets, 21, Elmwood, Ill.; combat Tuesday; Anbar province.

- Army Pfc. Victor M. Fontanilla, 23, Stockton, Calif.; explosion May 17; Iskandariya.

- Army Pfc. Travis F. Haslip, 20, Ooltewah, Tenn.; explosion May 19; Baghdad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher A. Higdon, 25, Odessa, Texas; explosion Tuesday; Taji.

- Army Staff Sgt. David C. Kuehl, 27, Wahpeton, N.D.; explosion Tuesday; Taji.

- Army Sgt. Anselmo Martinez III, 26, Robstown, Texas; explosion May 18; Tahrir.

- Army Spc. Marquis J. McCants, 23, San Antonio, Texas; explosion and small-arms fire May 18; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Jean P. Medlin, 27, Pelham, Ala.; explosion May 19; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Robert J. Montgomery Jr., 29, Scottsburg, Ind.; explosion Tuesday; Al Jabour.

- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Moore, 28, Alpaugh, Calif.; explosion May 19; Baghdad.

- Army Spc. Casey W. Nash, 22, Baltimore; explosion May 18; Tahrir.

- Army Spc. Coty J. Phelps, 20, Kingman, Ariz.; explosion May 17; Iskandariya.

- Army Spc. Joshua G. Romero, 19, Crowley, Texas; explosion May 18; Tahrir.

- Army Pvt. Oscar Sauceda Jr., 21, Del Rio, Texas; small-arms fire Tuesday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Jason A. Schumann, 23, Hawley, Minn.; explosion May 19; Diwaniyah.

- Army Sgt. Iosiwo Uruo, 27, Agana Heights, Guam; small-arms fire Thursday; Buhriz.

- Army Pfc. Alexander R. Varela, 19, Fernley, Nev.; explosion May 19; Baghdad.

- Army Staff Sgt. Shannon V. Weaver, 28, Urich, Mo.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.

- Army Sgt. Justin D. Wisniewski, 22, Standish, Mich.; explosion May 19; Lutfiyah.

- Army Pfc. Robert A. Worthington, 19, Jackson, Ga.; explosion Tuesday; Taji.

- Army Pfc. Casey P. Zylman, 22, Coleman, Mich.; explosion Thursday; Tal Afar.