Updated at 6:05 p.m., EST, Feb. 27, 2008
Although Baghdad newspapers halted publication in observance of the Arbaeen holiday, a few violent incidents did get reported. Overall, at least 18 Iraqis were killed and 16 were wounded across the country. The situation at the Turkish border remains tense as well. No Coalition deaths were announced.
U.S. Defense Secretary Gates suggested a time limit in which Turkey must wrap up their operations in northern Iraq, but Ankara is resisting such calls. Meanwhile, Turkish authorities claimed that scores more rebels were killed.
In Baghdad, two dumped bodies were found. One Arbaeen pilgrim was killed and two more were wounded during a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad. An IED in Ghadeer killed one person and injured two more. The chief of the Iraqi Journalists’ Union died of complications from wounds received four days ago in a shooting in Waziriya. Also, a car bomb was defused in central Baghdad and two gunmen carrying grenades were arrested in Waziriya.
U.S. troops mistakingly killed two civilians in separate incidents in Baquba.
An Iraqi soldier was killed and two others were wounded during an armed attack in Tikrit.
Gunmen killed two Awakening Council members and wounded three others at a checkpoint near Lake Tharthar.
Four off-duty policemen were injured during a drive-by shooting in Baiji.
In Domiz, the police chief escaped an assassination attempt.
A body was found in a drainage ditch near Hilla. He was bound and riddled with bullets.
A truck driver and two workers were kidnapped in Kirkuk.
In Basra, a police officer was gunned down.
A university student was shot dead in Hamdaniyah.
In Saidiya, two people were injured during a roadside bomb explosion.
Sixty detainees were released in Diyala province after proving they were not involved in any crimes.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis