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SORTING IT OUT: A YEAR IN IRAQ

Iraq, a nation of nearly 26-million people, faces many obstacles in the months ahead. A volatile Sunni-Shiite divide and large areas that are virtual no-go zones for both Westerners and the country's own security forces serve as a backdrop for the Jan. 30 elections and subsequent decisions on a new constitution and legislature.

MOSUL

Dec. 21 _ At least 19 killed, about 60 wounded in suicide bombing at U. S. base.

SAMARRA

Oct. 1 _ Assault to retake insurgent stronghold was launched.

ABU GHRAIB

April 28 _ Photos of some American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison surfaced.

FALLUJAH

March 31 _ Crowds dragged mutilated bodies of four American contractors through the city and strung two of them up from a bridge.

Nov. 8 _ U.S. forces fought their way into the city eventually taking control from the insurgents.

BAQUBAH

July 28 _ Car bomb at police station killed 70.

BAGHDAD

Feb. 11 _ Car bomb at army recruiting center killed 47.

May 17 _ Head of Governing Council assassinated in suicide car bombing.

Sept. 30 _ String of bombs killed 35 children at government-sponsored celebration.

Oct. 19 _ Local director of CARE kidnapped and later killed.

ISKANDARIYAH

Feb. 10 _ Insurgents targeted security and police forces; truck bomb outside precinct killed 53.

HILLAH

Feb. 18 _ Truck bombs outside Polish base killed 10 and wounded 65 coalition members.

BASRA

April 21 _ Five suicide car bombers at police stations killed 74, wounded 160.

SOUTHERN IRAQ

May 8 _ Insurgents bombed oil pipeline, slashing exports by 25 percent.

NAJAF

April 26 _ U.S. troops rolled into Shiite holy city.

GOVERNMENT TRANSITION

March 8 _ Governing Council signed landmark interim constitution.

May 28 _ Governing Council chose Ayad Allawi as prime minister of interim government.

June 1 _ Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer named president of incoming government.

June 28 _ U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to interim Iraqi government.

Nov. 21 _ Authorities set Jan. 30, 2005, for the nation's first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship.

HOSTAGES

Abductions by month (date captured):

April 30

May 6

June 23

July 30

Aug. 39

Sept. 82

Oct. 35

Nov. 61

Dec. 10

Note: Some dates are approximate; when unknown, dates are listed by when kidnapping was reported. List as of Dec. 21, 2004.

Total hostages:

Freed _ 180

Killed _ 63

Missing _ 67

Unconfirmed _ 6

Note: List as of Dec. 22, 2004.

COALITION CASUALTIES

Monthly deaths

U.S. troops

Coalition

52

23

50

140

84

50

58

74

87

67

140

54

Daily deaths

Note: Confirmed as of Dec. 23, 2004.

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES ON DUTY

100-thousand

General police

National guard

Note: Confirmed as of Dec. 15, 2004.

IRAQI OIL INDUSTRY

Attacks on oil and gas facilities and personnel:

Crude oil exports:

QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS

Telephone subscribers:

Estimated prewar level 0.83

+ July not available

Average amount of electric generated nationwide:

Estimated prewar level 3,199

COALITION FORCES

The United States currently has 148,000 troops deployed to Iraq. More than 25,000 troops, or about 15 percent of the coalition force, come from other countries.

Britain: 9,000

South Korea: 3,600

Italy: 3,000

Poland: 2,400

Ukraine: 1,650

Netherlands: 1,345

Romania: 700

Denmark: 525

Japan: 500

Bulgaria: 480

El Salvador: 380

Georgia: 300

Australia: 250

Mongolia: 173

Azerbaijan: 151

Portugal: 120

Latvia: 110

Slovakia: 105

Czech Rep.: 90

Lithuania: 90

Albania: 71

Estonia: 45

Tonga: 44

Macedonia: 32

Kazakhstan: 27

Moldova: 12

Norway: 10

Note: List as of Dec. 22, 2004.

STAYING

+ Britain

Will stay as lon as needed.

+ Italy

Will stay as long as needed.

+ Georgia

Plans to increase to 850 troops.

+ Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Through June.

+ Japan

Another year.

+ South Korea

Through 2005.

LEAVING

+ Czech Republic

February after elections.

+ Poland

Partial withdrawal after January elections.

+ Netherlands

March.

+ Portugal

After January elections.

+ Romania

June.

WITHDREW TROOPS

+ Hungary

300, Dec. 20.

+ New Zealand

60, Sept. 15.

+ Thailand

423, Sept. 9.

+ Philippines

51, July 19.

+ Norway

140, June 30 (still have 10)

+ Honduras

370, May 12.

+ Dominican Republic

302, May 4.

+ Spain

1,300, May 4.

+ Singapore

160, April 4.

+ Nicaragua

115, Feb 4.

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