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A string of bombings across the country Monday killed 24 people.

+ A bombing Tuesday in a Shiite area of Baghdad packed with shoppers killed 22 people, the deadliest bombing in the capital in a month. At least eight other people were killed in attacks across the country.

+ A powerful bomb shattered the golden dome at one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines Wednesday, setting off sectarian violence. The bombing of the Askariya Shrine in Samarra wounded no one. On Thursday, the government ordered a daytime curfew for Friday and Saturday in Baghdad and three provinces to stem the sectarian violence that killed about 200 people. In one example of the violence, gunmen killed 47 civilians Thursday and dumped their bodies in a ditch.


+ Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to Iraq, on Monday warned that the United States won't support a new Iraqi government that serves sectarian interests and told Iran that Washington won't tolerate its meddling, either.

+ The Iraqi Accordance Front, the biggest Sunni Arab bloc in Parliament, said Thursday that it was pulling out of talks on a new government until the national leadership apologizes for damage to Sunni mosques from reprisal attacks sparked by the bombing of a Shiite mosque.


As of Saturday, 2,287 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

+ Marine Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado, 31, Columbia, S.C.; explosion Monday; near Baghdad.

+ Marine Cpl. Matthew D. Conley, 21, Killen, Ala.; explosion Feb. 18; Ramadi.

+ Army Sgt. 1st Class Amos C. Edwards, Jr., 41, Savannah, Ga.; nonhostile cause Feb. 17; Rutbah.

+ Marine 2nd Lt. Almar L. Fitzgerald, 23, Lexington, S.C.; died Tuesday; Anbar province.

+ Army Capt. Anthony R. Garcia, 48, Fort Worth, Texas; gunshot wound Feb. 17; Tikrit.

+ Army Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley, 38, Salt Lake City; explosion Wednesday; Hawijah.

+ Army Sgt. Ricky Jones, 21, Kokomo, Ind.; explosion Wednesday; Hawijah.

+ Air Force civilian Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, Omaha, Neb.; explosion Monday; Baghdad.

+ Army Pfc. Christopher L. Marion, 20, Pineville, Mo.; explosion Wednesday; Hawijah.

+ Army Sgt. Charles E. Matheny, IV, 23, Stanwood, Wash.; explosion Feb. 18; Baghdad.

+ Army Pfc. Allan A. Morr, 21, Byron, Mich.; explosion Wednesday; Hawijah.