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May 18th, 2009


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

Remember Their Sacrifice

As of Saturday, May 16, 2009, at least 4,297 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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The Bodies Of Two Army Soldiers Return To U.S. At Dover AFB
Members of a U.S. Air Force carry team carry a flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Specialist Omar M. Albrak of Chicago from a C-17 during a dignified transfer on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base on May 12, 2009 — Spc. Albrak’s 21st birthday — in Dover, Delaware. Albrak was killed while serving in Iraq. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via LIFE)


Army Staff Sgt. Randy S. Agno, 29, Pearl City, Hawaii, died May 8, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, of wounds sustained Apr. 27 from a non-combat incident at Forward Operating Base Olsen in Samarra, Iraq. He was assigned to the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.


Army Pvt. Justin P. Hartford, 21, Elmira, N.Y., died May 8, 2009 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat incident. He was assigned to the 699th Maintenance Company, Corps Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, Fort Irwin, Calif.


Army Spc. Omar M. Albrak, 21, Chicago, Ill., died May 9, 2009 in Baghdad of injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident. He was an Individual Ready Reserve soldier assigned to the Headquarters, Multi-National Forces Iraq.


Army Maj. Steven Hutchison, 60, Scottsdale, Ariz., died May 10, 2009 in Basra of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Al Farr, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. [An Associated Press database of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan showed that Hutchison was the oldest member of any service branch killed since the wars broke out.]


Army Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, Lenox, Mo., died May 11, 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat incident at Camp Liberty, Iraq, when U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell walked into a combat stress clinic and opened fire. He was assigned to the 277th Engineer Company, 420th Engineer Brigade, Waco, Texas.


Army Staff Sgt. Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, Paterson, N.J., died May 11, 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat incident at Camp Liberty, Iraq, when U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell walked into a combat stress clinic and opened fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.


Army Reserve Maj. Matthew P. Houseal, 54, Amarillo, Texas, died May 11, 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Camp Liberty, Iraq, when U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell walked into a combat stress clinic and opened fire. He was assigned to the 55th Medical Company, Indianapolis, Ind.


Navy Cmdr. Charles K. Springle, 52, Wilmington, N.C., died May 11, 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident at Camp Liberty, Iraq, when U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell walked into a combat stress clinic and opened fire. He was assigned as an individual augmentee to the Army’s 55th Medical Company, Indianapolis, Ind.


Army Pfc. Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, Federalsburg, Md., died May 11, 2009 from injuries sustained from a non-combat incident at Camp Liberty, Iraq, when U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell walked into a combat stress clinic and opened fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany.


Army Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee, 21, Fredericksburg, Va., died May 13, 2009 from wounds suffered in a firefight when his unit came in contact with enemy forces while conducting combat operations in Balad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

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IRAQ HEADLINES

Policeman killed after bomb in Mosul (AP, May 17, 2009) — A car bomb went off Sunday near the governor’s residence in the turbulent northern city of Mosul, killing a policeman and wounding three civilians, hours after a lone gunman shot dead a prison officer in the city center, according to police officials. … Full story

U.S. soldier killed in combat in southern Iraq (AP, May 16, 2009) — The U.S. military says an American soldier was killed during combat in southern Iraq. … Full story

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Security Developments in Iraq

Following are security developments in Iraq on Monday, May 18, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded 12 others on Sunday night in the Abu Dsheer district of southern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded five people on Sunday night in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded two people in central Baghdad, police said.

BASRA – A roadside bomb killed a police lieutenant-colonel near his house and wounded two policemen and the colonel’s son in central Basra, 260 miles southeast of Baghdad, police said.

Following are security developments in Iraq on Sunday, May 17, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

BASRA – A roadside bomb wounded an Iraqi soldier near an Iraqi base in northern Basra, 260 miles southeast of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – A suicide car bomb killed one policeman and wounded three civilians in central Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed an off-duty prison official, police said.

SAMARRA – Police found the body of a man who had been shot in the head and chest, in a river in northern Samarra, 62 miles north of Baghdad.

HILLA – U.S. forces wounded one person on Saturday when they fired shots to disable a vehicle in Hilla, 62 miles south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL – Police said they found the decapitated body of a man in northern Mosul.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded three people on Saturday in the Jihad district of southwestern Baghdad, police said.

TIKRIT – Iraqi and U.S. forces detained four suspected insurgents in Diyala Province on May 11, the U.S military said.

Following are security developments in Iraq on Saturday, May 16, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

BASRA – A U.S. soldier was killed in combat in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces have arrested three people in northwestern Iraq believed to be linked to a man known as Abu Khalaf, suspected by U.S. officials of funneling money, weapons and insurgents from Syria to al Qaeda in Iraq.

JALAWLA – U.S. troops shot and wounded a bystander when they fired a warning shot at an approaching car in Jalawla, 70 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL – A roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded two people in southern Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded three others in the Ghadir district of eastern Baghdad, police said.

ABU GHRAIB – A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded seven people, including two policemen, in the Abu Ghraib area of western Baghdad, police said.

SAMARRA – Militants attacked a checkpoint in central Samarra, 62 miles north of Baghdad, wounding two policemen and one member of a local government-backed militia, police said.

SADR CITY – A rocket attack killed a child and wounded three members of the child’s family in the Sadr city area of northeastern Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Police arrested three suspects in the kidnapping of a relative of Essam Ayid, an Arab member of the Nineveh provincial council. Ayid’s relative was kidnapped on Thursday in western Mosul.

Following are security developments in Iraq on Friday, May 15, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen shot and killed a civilian in his shop in the Jihad district of southwest Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Militants targeting a U.S. patrol using hand grenades wounded two civilians in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, police said.

TELKEIF – Police said they found the decapitated body of a man in Telkeif town, on the northern outskirts of Mosul city, about 240 miles north of Baghdad on Thursday.

MOSUL – A militant shot dead an Iraqi policeman at a checkpoint while the policeman was searching his car in western Mosul, police said. After a chase, police returned fire and wounded and arrested the man, they said.

MOSUL – A roadside bomb narrowly missed killing a journalist from a local TV station when it exploded in front of her house in Mosul while she was inside, police said.

TUZ KHURMATO – Gunmen shot and killed a Turkman shopkeeper in his shop in Tuz Khurmato, 105 miles north of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

BAQUBA – Gunmen killed two brothers belonging to a government-backed militia and their mother at their home in northern Baquba, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Following are security developments in Iraq on Thursday, May 14, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

RASHAD – Gunmen kidnapped a Christian male teacher at his school in the town of Rashad, near Kirkuk, 150 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – Gunmen killed a member of a Sunni anti-al-Qaeda militia and wounded three others when they were manning a checkpoint in the al-Zab area, near Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL – A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four civilians in northern Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen in a car killed an Iraqi contractor in western Mosul, police said.

Following are security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 as reported by Reuters.

BAGHDAD – A “sticky” bomb attached to a civilian car wounded five people in the Adhamiya district of north Baghdad, police said.

RAMADI – A roadside bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others in an army patrol in the city of Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – A roadside bomb wounded three Iraq policemen when it targeted their patrol in southern Kirkuk, a city located 155 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – One civilian was wounded when a mortar bomb landed near his home in central Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen using silenced guns killed a government employee at Iraq’s Integrity Commission, the government anti-corruption office, in northern Baghdad’s Shaab district, police said.

MOSUL – A parked car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded five people, including one soldier, in eastern Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – A suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a police patrol in central Kirkuk, 155 miles north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, killing five policemen and wounding 11 other people, police said.

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi army said it freed a doctor and his daughter and arrested three kidnappers in Ghazaliya district, western Baghdad on Tuesday.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed a soldier at an Iraqi army checkpoint in western Mosul on Tuesday, police said.

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AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN HEADLINES

Afghan president’s brother survives attack (Reuters, May 18, 2009) — Gunmen attacked a motorcade that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother was traveling in on Monday, killing one of his body guards. … Full story

Pakistan is rapidly adding nuclear arms, U.S. says (New York Times, May 18, 2009) — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistans nuclear program. … Full story

Pakistan: Offensive kills 1,000 alleged militants (AP, May 17, 2009) — Pakistani security forces fought Taliban militants on the outskirts of the main city in the northwest’s Swat Valley and entered two other Taliban-held towns there, the army said Sunday, foreshadowing what could become bloody urban battles. … Full story

Fear of Taliban influx in largest Pakistani city (AP, May 16, 2009) — Taliban fighters seeking money, rest and refuge from U.S. missile strikes are turning up in increasing numbers in Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub, Karachi, according to militants, police officials and an intelligence memo. … Full story





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