Updated at 5:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 24, 2007
Fourteen people, all belonging to the same family, were kidnapped in restive Diyala province. Another seven people were kidnapped near Kirkuk, and one person was abducted near Duluiya. Elsewhere, at least 15 Iraqis were killed and 22 more were killed in other attacks around Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported.
In Baghdad, a car bomb killed two civilians and wounded six others on the Sanak Bridge. In Saidiya, a pair of roadside bombs wounded six civilians. Iraqi soldiers and Awakening Council members freed six captives in al-Fadl. Also, two unidentified bodies were found.
In Diwaniya, a clash erupted between Iraqi soldiers and several men who allegedly were Iraqi soldiers wearing civilian clothing. A 10-year-old bystander was killed.
Gunmen stopped a minibus in Khalis and kidnapped 14 people who were members of the same family.
Seven truck drivers were kidnapped near Kirkuk in Amerli.
Two bodies were found near Mosul in Hamdaniya.
Militant gunmen killed a policeman and wounded two others in Banjawin.
In Khanaquin, a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi soldier and injured two more.
U.S forces killed two suspects and detained two others near Kut. In al-Mafraq, two al-Qaeda suspects were arrested; security forces also defused seven IEDs and a Katyusha rocket. Karbala police arrested 30 people. Meanwhile, ten detainees were freed in Fallujah.
Because of the combined Eid al-Adha and Christmas holidays, newspapers in Iraq have ceased publication until next Wednesday. News from the country may be scant until then.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis