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-Civilians stumbled upon nine headless bodies in a field about 60 miles north of Baghdad on Tuesday. The nine, including three women, were targeted because they were suspected of being part of the local Awakening Council, a police officer said.

-A roadside bomb blast killed an Iraqi TV cameraman and his driver Tuesday night in Balad as they were driving to Samarra to report on the shrine whose bombing in February 2006 set off waves of sectarian violence, the station reported Wednesday.

-Sporadic violence was reported around Iraq on Wednesday, including a drive-by shooting in Mosul that killed a university professor and his student.

-Violence returned to the southern city of Basra, where militants pummeled Britain's airport base with 20 rockets and British gunners answered with volleys of artillery on Thursday. Civilians were killed and wounded in the crossfire. In Baghdad, a bomb-rigged car blew apart at a bus stop, killing at least five people.

-Two women described as mentally disabled and strapped with remote-control explosives - and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers - brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars in Baghdad, killing at least 99 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring.

Military

-Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq, said Tuesday that the battle to oust al-Qaida in Iraq from its last stronghold, in Mosul, will be a grinding campaign that will require more firepower from the Pentagon and Iraqi allies.

-The Bush administration on Tuesday was sending strong signals that U.S. troop reductions in Iraq will slow or stop altogether this summer, a move that would jeopardize hopes of relieving strain on the Army and Marine Corps and revive debate over U.S. commitment in Iraq.

-Post-traumatic stress, and not brain injury, is responsible for many of the symptoms reported by U.S. soldiers who suffered concussions in Iraq, according to research released Wednesday. That would mean the conditions are treatable, rather than permanent damage, doctors said.

-The death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq increased in January, ending a four-month drop in casualties, and most of the deaths occurred outside Baghdad or the once-restive Anbar province, according to military statistics reviewed on Thursday. At least 39 American service members were killed in January, compared with 23 in December.

-The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, said Friday that the United States plans to keep combat troops there into 2009.

Rebuilding

-Influential members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia said Monday that they have urged him to call off the six-month cease-fire when it expires in February.

Deaths

As of Saturday, 3,943 U.S. troops have died in Iraq. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

-Army Sgt. Tracy Renee Birkman, 41, New Castle, Va.; noncombat Jan. 25; Owesat.

-Army Sgt. James E. Craig, 26, Hollywood, Calif.; explosion Monday; Mosul.

-Army Pfc. Duncan Charles Crookston, 19, Denver; Jan. 25 in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds from an explosion in Baghdad.

-Army Staff Sgt. Gary W. Jeffries, 37, Roscoe, Texas; explosion Monday; Mosul.

-Army Spc. Evan A. Marshall, 21, Athens, Ga.; explosion Monday; Mosul.

-Army Pfc. Brandon A. Meyer, 20, Orange, Calif.; explosion Monday; Mosul.

-Army Sgt. Mikeal W. Miller, 22, Albany, Ore.; Jan. 27 in Bethesda, Md., of wounds from explosion in Baghdad.

-Army Capt. Michael A. Norman, 36, Killeen, Texas; explosion Thursday; Baghdad.

-Army 1st Lt. David E. Schultz, 25, Blue Island, Ill.; small-arms fire Thursday; Scania.

-Army Pvt. Joshua A.R. Young, 21, Riddle, Ore.; explosion Monday; Mosul.

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