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A rocket attack on Baghdad's Rashid Hotel on Oct. 26 killed a lieutenant colonel who lived in Florida and wounded 18 people. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was in the hotel but unhurt in the attack.

+ Deputy Baghdad Mayor Faris Abdul Arzzaq Assam was gunned down outside his home in a drive-by shooting Oct. 26.

+ Suicide car bombers bent on death for "collaborators" devastated the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations Monday, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 200 in the bloodiest day in Baghdad since the start of the U.S. occupation in April.

+ A pickup truck stuffed with explosives blew up near a police station in Fallujah, killing at least four people and injuring seven Tuesday.

+ On Wednesday, insurgents destroyed an American tank near Balad, killing two U.S. soldiers. Near Suwayrah, an attack wounded seven Ukrainians in the first ambush against the multinational force patrolling central Iraq.

+ Captured members of the militant group Ansar al-Islam have identified Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri _ a top aide to Saddam Hussein and No. 6 on the most-wanted list _ as a force behind some strikes on U.S. forces, a U.S. commander said Wednesday.

+ An improvised bomb on a rail line exploded near Fallujah on Thursday. The train was carrying military supplies. The engineer was unharmed, but the train was looted.

+ Anti-American fury erupted in the Abu Ghraib suburb of Baghdad Friday after U.S. troops entered an outdoor market searching for those behind a grenade attack. Two Iraqis were killed, and 17 others and two U.S. soldiers were wounded. A pro-Hussein demonstration of thousands of people later gathered after Friday prayers. In Fallujah, an explosion and fire struck the office of the mayor, who has cooperated with the U.S. occupation. One Iraqi was killed.

+ Saturday, in the city of Mosul a makeshift roadside bomb exploded and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded two others as they drove by in two civilian vehicles.

+ In another incident, witnesses said insurgents attacked a U.S. convoy near Heet, 75 miles northwest of Baghdad.


+ Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, adjutant general of the Florida National Guard, notified Guard families Friday that the 2nd and 3rd battalions of the 124th Infantry Regiment will return from Iraq in February. The 1st Battalion will head home in March.

+ On Wednesday, Col. William Darley, a U.S. military spokesman, said American forces are now suffering an average of 33 attacks a day. That marked a dramatic escalation over the average of 12 daily attacks reported in mid July.

+ U.S. defense and intelligence officials said Wednesday they may shift intelligence officers searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to the search for the culprits behind a wave of attacks.


+ On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said some of its foreign workers will leave Iraq. On Thursday, the United Nations asked its foreign staffers to leave Baghdad.

+ The House of Representatives passed an $87.5-billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan early Friday. Nearly $65-billion is for American military operations. The Senate is expected to approve the package on Monday.

+ The Congressional Budget Office released a report estimating the total cost to occupy Iraq from 2004 through 2013 at between $85-billion and $200-billion, depending on how many American soldiers are needed and how soon they can leave Iraq.


A list of U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq in the past two weeks appears on Page 15A.