A suicide car bomber set off a huge explosion outside the Baghdad headquarters of Iraq's largest Shiite political party on Monday morning, killing nine guards and visitors and wounding 67.
+ Insurgents launched a series of deadly attacks against Iraqi security forces on Tuesday, killing at least 26 police officers and national guardsmen and wounding 43. The majority of the attacks were in the Sunni Triangle area north and west of Baghdad.
+ U.S. troops and warplanes killed at least 25 insurgents who used car bombs and rocket-propelled grenades to try to overrun a U.S. combat outpost in Mosul on Wednesday. Fifteen U.S. soldiers were wounded.
+ On Friday, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi made an unusually strong warning to Iraq's neighbors to crack down on insurgents infiltrating from their territory, saying that Iraq's patience was wearing thin. Iraqi officials have repeatedly accused Syria and Iran of supporting the insurgents. Both countries have denied helping militants.
+ This month, the number of wounded U.S. soldiers surpassed 10,000, with more than a quarter injured in the last four months as direct combat, roadside bombs and suicide attacks escalated. The military suffered at least 348 deaths in Iraq over the final four months of the year, more than in any other similar period since the invasion in March 2003.
+ Iraq's top general, Babaker B. Shawkat Zebari, on Sunday rejected President Bush's criticism that some Iraqi government troops were unwilling to fight insurgents and have deserted the battlefield, saying the president had been misinformed.
+ On Monday, the largest of the Sunni Arab parties with a slate of candidates announced it was withdrawing from the Jan. 30 election.
+ On Thursday, three militant groups warned Iraqis against voting in Jan. 30 elections, saying participants in the "dirty farce" risked attack.
As of Saturday, 1,328 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
+ Navy Seaman Pablito Pena Briones Jr., 22, Anaheim, Calif.; nonhostile gunshot wound Tuesday; Fallujah.
+ Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Hillenburg, 21, Marion, Ind.; Dec. 23; Anbar province.
+ Marine Staff Sgt. Jason A. Lehto, 31, Mount Clemens, Mich.; nonhostile incident Tuesday; Anbar province.
+ Army Staff Sgt. Nathaniel J. Nyren, 31, Reston, Va.; vehicle accident Tuesday; no location given.
+ Army Staff Sgt. Todd D. Olson, 36, Loyal, Wis.; explosion Dec. 26; Samarra.
+ Army Pfc. Oscar Sanchez, 19, Modesto, Calif.; explosion Wednesday; Mosul.
+ Army Spc. Jose A. Rivera-Serrano, 26, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; explosion Monday; Baghdad.
+ Marine Cpl. Raleigh C. Smith, 21, Lincoln, Mont.; Dec. 23; Anbar province.