Updated at 10:45 p.m. EDT, Oct. 27, 2007
As protesters in the U.S. called for an end to the war, at least 68 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 38 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. One U.S. servicemember was also killed in Salah ad Din province. Eight people, including a police chief, were kidnapped in Muqdadiya. Also, 100 Iraqi army servicemembers were poisoned during breakfast in Baghdad.
Police found 17 decomposing corpses in a field west of Baquba.
In Baghdad, eight people were killed and 13 more were wounded during a bombing in the Jisr Diyala area. Four unidentified bodies were found dumped in as many locations. Also, over 100 Iraqi troops were poisoned during breakfast this morning; the origin of the poisoning is unknown.
During clashes between the Islamic State in Iraq and security forces near Samarra, 13 Iraqi and three foreign fighters were killed.
A roadside bomb between Iskandariya and Asiriya left one policeman dead and six others wounded.
In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb killed one policeman and injured five others. Last night, one policeman was killed and three others were injured by a roadside bomb downtown; a half hour later, another bomb injured four policemen and a civlilian.
A police chief and seven bodyguards were kidnapped from an army checkpoint in Muqdadiya. Thirteen people were later arrested at the checkpoint, but the chief has not been heard from. In a separate incident yesterday, when a citizen’s group entered a residence, an occupant detonated a suicide bomb killing himself; another gunman and one of the members of the citzen’s group were wounded.
In Khalis, a Sunni cleric and imam was gunned down.
Two bodies were found in the Tigris River in Suwayra.
In Kut, gunmen shot and killed a policeman.
A body was found inside an abandoned car in Riyadh.
In Mosul, gunmen first assassinated a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party and then killed three people trying to retrieve the body. Also, the provincial governor escaped an assassination attempt unharmed.
Shelling in al-Dulab left two dead.
In Balad Ruz, a policeman was critically wounded during an armed attack.
Also, Turkey resumed minor operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after talks failed. Meanwhile, the president of the Kurd region of Iraq reiterated that they will not be involved in an all-out war between the PKK and Turkey.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis