Updated at 11:55 p.m. EDT, Oct. 17, 2007
On a relatively quiet Wednesday, at least 37 Iraqis were killed and 28 more were wounded while tensions on the Turkish border continue. An American soldier died of a non-combat-related illness in Germany after being flown out of Tikrit. Also, an Australian soldier was shot and wounded during an incident in Dhi Qar province.
In Baghdad, four dumped bodies were recovered. Two Iraqi civilians were injured when U.S. troops fired upon them after a traffic accident in the Wehda neighborhood. Also, two people were killed and two more wounded during a bombing in Zaafaraniyah.
East of Diwaniya, a roadside bomb killed seven policemen; prior to the explosion, the police station had been attacked, but no casualties were reported there. Police in town arrested two provincial council members on suspicion of murder and kidnapping. Also, a roadside bomb blasted a foreign security convoy, but the number of casualties was not released.
In Baquba, one person was killed and two were wounded during a roadside bombing. In a separate incident, one Iraqi was killed during an armed attack. One gunman was killed and a policeman was wounded during clashing in central Baquba. Also, eight civilians and two Iraqi soldiers have been abducted at fake checkpoints over the last two days.
The body of a policeman, bearing the usual gunshot and torture marks, was found in Riyadh.
Baiji police killed three gunmen and arrested six more.
Four Islamic Army fighters were killed during clashes with al-Qaeda members in Samarra.
Yesterday, a gunman was injured during a clash that occurred between Abbasi and Hawija.
South of Baghdad, four shepherds, including a 15-year old boy, were kidnapped.
A bakery was destroyed in Balad Ruz, but no casualties were reported.
Near the Syrian border in Qaim, a bomb at a marketplace killed five people and wounded ten more.
A lawyer was beheaded in Kirkuk.
Meanwhile, the Turkish parliament voted to allow troops to cross into Iraq to crush Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) rebels based there. This does not mean they are about to take any action. Iraqi President Talabani complained about the presence of PKK rebels in Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis