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Jun 22nd, 2009

Summary: Weekly summary of security incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jun 12th, 2009

Summary: Daily summary of security developments in Iraq, as reported by Reuters.

May 23rd, 2009

Summary: A Katyusha rocket blasted Baghdad’s fortified government and military Green Zone compound overnight, killing a civilian working for the U.S. Department of Defense. … Tribute to service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 21st, 2009

Summary: A series of bombings hit Baghdad and the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk, killing at least 25 people (including three U.S. troops) and wounding dozens more (including nine American soldiers), one day after a car bomb exploded near a group of restaurants in a Shiite neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, killing 41 people and injuring more than 70.

May 18th, 2009

Summary: U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases. … Security incidents in Iraq. … Headlines from the Iraq and AfPak wars.

Summary: U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell shot and killed five fellow soldiers at a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Iraq. Killed were Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, 52, a Navy commander and psychologist from Beaufort, N.C.; Maj. Matthew Houseal, 54, an Army reservist and psychiatrist from Amarillo, Texas; Army Sgt. Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J.; Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo.; and Pfc. Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md.

May 8th, 2009

Summary: Iraq’s security forces, despite significant improvements, remain hobbled by shortages of men and equipment, bureaucracy, corruption, political interference, and security breaches that have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Iraqi and American troops.

May 7th, 2009

Summary: A spate of bombings in Iraq raises concern that militants are regrouping after suffering sharp setbacks in fighting during the previous two years, 2007-2008.

May 5th, 2009

Summary: Iraq’s government ruled out allowing U.S. combat troops to remain in Iraqi cities after the June 30, 2009 deadline for their withdrawal, despite concern that Iraqi forces might not be able to cope with the security challenge following a resurgence of bombings.

May 2nd, 2009

Summary: An attacker wearing an Iraqi army uniform shot dead two U.S. soldiers outside the volatile northern city of Mosul, Iraq, on May 2, 2009. … May 2009 update of key facts, figures, and statistics on Iraq since the war began in March 2003. … Security incidents in Iraq on May 2, 2009, as reported by Reuters.