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Saturday, three U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded in Khaldiyah when a vehicle exploded at a U.S. checkpoint. Also, two U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb north of Fallujah.

+ A suicide car bomb exploded at the main gate of the U.S. headquarters in Baghdad on Jan. 18, killing more than 20 and wounding more than 60.

+ Two U.S. soldiers were killed during a rocket and mortar barrage Wednesday on an American camp near Baqubah.


+ A British weapons scientist who committed suicide last summer said in a previously unaired interview that Saddam Hussein's weapons posed an immediate threat, bolstering the government's assertion that it did not misrepresent its intelligence on Iraq.

+ Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar agreed Wednesday to reduce Iraq's debt, but they did not decide by how much.


+ David Kay, the leader of the U.S. search for banned weapons in Iraq, resigned Friday and said he thinks Iraq engaged in no large-scale production of chemical or biological weapons in the 1990s and destroyed what it had left before last year's American-led invasion. He will be replaced by Charles Duelfer, a former United Nations weapons inspector.

+ Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday there is an "open question" whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction when the United States went to war last year.


+ A U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed Friday in northern Iraq, killing the two pilots.


+ Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, kept up the pressure on U.S. authorities, demanding quick direct elections. After large demonstrations early in the week, Sistani urged his followers to stop until the United Nations could assess the election plan.

+ A Sistani spokesman said Thursday that the cleric might support a revolt if elections aren't granted.

+ Halliburton Co. will pay the Pentagon $6.3-million for possible overcharges by a subcontractor accused of giving kickbacks to supply U.S. soldiers in Iraq.


As of Saturday, 512 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

+ Army Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro, 26, San Antonio, Texas; nonhostile gunshot wound Jan. 16; Camp Cedar II.

+ Army Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck, 36, Fort Worth, Texas; died Jan. 18 after explosion hit vehicle Jan. 16; Samarra.

+ Army Spc. Larry E. Polley Jr., 20, Center, Texas; explosion hit vehicle Jan. 17; north of Taji.

+ Army Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, 26, Miami; explosion hit vehicle Jan. 17; north of Taji.

+ Army Spc. Gabriel T. Palacios, 22, Lynn, Mass.; mortar attack Wednesday; Baqoubah.

+ Army Pfc. James D. Parker, 20, Bryan, Texas; mortar attack Wednesday; Baqoubah.