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Last week in Iraq

By Times Wires
Published February 10, 2008



-A suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt at a checkpoint in Taji, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, killing eight members of an Awakening Council, police said. In the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a roadside bomb near the municipality office killed a civilian and wounded two police officers, police said.

-A roadside bomb exploded near a police convoy transporting suspected Shiite militia fighters south of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing four passers-by and wounding nine other people, police said. The blast was an apparent attempt to free the 10 detainees.

-Videos seized from suspected al-Qaida hideouts show militants training children as young as 10 to kidnap and kill, the U.S. military said Wednesday.


-A U.S. air strike targeting insurgents south of Baghdad killed nine Iraqi civilians, including a child, the military said on Feb. 3. The deaths raised fresh concerns about the military's ability to distinguish friend from foe in a campaign to uproot insurgents from Sunni areas on the capital's doorstep.

-In northern Iraq, Turkish warplanes attacked 70 Kurdish rebel targets on Monday as part of a U.S.-backed campaign to chip away at guerrilla strength without a ground offensive across the border. The Turkish government has fought for more than two decades against Kurdish rebels who seek autonomy in southeastern Turkey.

-U.S. troops killed at least three Iraqi civilians and injured a child Tuesday during a raid north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

-Five U.S. soldiers were killed Friday in two roadside bombings, the U.S. military said. Four died when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a combat patrol northwest of Baghdad, the military said. Near Tikrit another soldier was killed and three wounded.


-Iraq's presidency council said that legislation intended to return former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to government became law Feb. 3 despite objections by Iraq's highest-ranking Sunni Arab government official.

-The Bush administration conceded Monday it may not meet its goal to admit 12,000 Iraqi refugees by the end of September, although officials stressed that remained their target.

-A new Iraqi flag, stripped of the three green stars of Saddam Hussein's toppled Baath Party, was hoisted over the Iraqi Cabinet building Tuesday in a symbolic break with the past nearly five years after the U.S.-led invasion.

-Muqtada al-Sadr, the rebellious Shiite cleric, warned Thursday that he would expel fighters of his Mahdi Army who violate a six-month-old suspension of military operations against U.S. and allied Iraqi forces.


As of Saturday, 3,959 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

-Army Sgt. Rafael Alicearivera, 30, Bayamon, Puerto Rico; noncombat Tuesday; Tallil.

-Army Spc. Miguel A. Baez, 32, Bonaire, Ga.; explosion Tuesday; Muqdadiyah.

-Army Staff Sgt. Chad A. Barrett, 35, Saltville, Va.; noncombat Feb. 2; Mosul.

-Naval Chief Petty Officer Nathan H. Hardy, 29, Durham, N.H.; small-arms fire Monday.

-Naval Chief Petty Officer Michael E. Koch, 29, State College, Pa.; small-arms fire Monday.

-Army Sgt. Bradley J. Skelton, 40, Gordonville, Mo.; explosion Wednesday; Baghdad.

-Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Luis Souffront, 25, Miami, explosion Thursday.

-Army Spc. Matthew F. Straughter, 27, St. Charles, Mo.; explosion Jan. 31; Baghdad.

-Army Sgt. John Timothy R. Van Orman, 24, Port Matilda, Pa.; explosion Tuesday; Muqdadiyah.

-Army Spc. Christopher J. West, 26, Arlington, Texas; explosion Monday; Muqdadiyah.

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