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Last week, terrorists led by al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi beheaded two American hostages, both civilian contractors seized the preceding week in Baghdad. A video showing the decapitation of Eugene Armstrong was posted on the Web on Monday, and one showing the murder of Jack Hensley was posted Tuesday.

In Baghdad on Saturday, gunmen fired on a vehicle carrying Iraqi National Guard applicants, killing six.


+ On Tuesday, a military judge recommended a court-martial for Pfc. Lynndie England in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

+ Fighting continued in Baghdad's Shiite slum, Sadr City, between U.S. forces and a militia led by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

+ Three more members of the Navy SEALs have been charged with abusing Iraqi detainees, two of whom died in American custody in Iraq after they were beaten, Navy officials said Friday. Seven members of Navy Special Operations face criminal charges in the prisoner abuse scandal.

+ U.S. warplanes and tanks attacked suspected hideouts for Zarqawi's followers Saturday. Doctors said 16 people were killed.

+ An American soldier was reported killed by a bomb Saturday, and four Marines died in separate incidents Friday.


+ Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi addressed Congress on Thursday, saying, "Thank you, America," for liberating the country from Saddam Hussein. Allawi and President Bush said progress is being made in Iraq, but Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry disputed that claim.

+ Allawi pledged Sunday that the insurgency will not delay January's vote. On Thursday and Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said violence might keep a few areas from voting, but the State Department's No. 2 official, Richard Armitage, said Friday the whole country will participate.

+ Counterfeiting charges against former U.S. ally Ahmad Chalabi were dropped Thursday for lack of evidence.


As of Saturday, 1,042 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

+ Marine Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert, 21, Mooresboro, N.C.; Sept. 17; Anbar province.

+ Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory C. Howman, 28, Charlotte, N.C.; Sept. 15; Anbar province.

+ Army Pfc. James W. Price, 22, Cleveland, Tenn.; explosion Sept. 18; Baghdad.

+ Army Sgt. Thomas C. Rosenbaum, 25, Hope, Ark.; explosion Sept. 18; Baghdad.

+ Marine Lance Cpl. Steven C.T. Cates, 22, Mount Juliet, Tenn.; Monday; Anbar province.

+ Army Spc. Joshua J. Henry, 21, Avonmore, Pa.; attack Monday; near Sharqat.

+ Army Sgt. Brandon E. Adams, 22, Hollidaysburg, Pa.; explosion Feb. 16; Fallujah.

+ Marine Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, 31, Fort Worth, Texas; Monday; Anbar province.

+ Army Pfc. Adam J. Harris, 21, Abilene, Texas; sniper attack Wednesday; no location given.

+ Army Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig, 33, Fargo, N.D.; explosion Wednesday; near Tikrit.

+ Marine Sgt. Benjamin K. Smith, 24, Carterville, Ill.; Wednesday; Anbar province.

+ Army Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl, 20, Highland, Ind.; explosion Tuesday; no location given.

+ Army Sgt. Skipper Soram, 23, Kolonia, Micronesia; car bomb Wednesday; Baghdad.