Updated at 5:25 p.m. EDT, Oct. 18, 2008
At least 25 Iraqis were killed and another 14 were wounded in light violence today. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr condemned a contentious U.S.-Iraqi security deal as tens of thousands of his followers rallied in Baghdad.
A mass grave containing 11 bodies was found in Samarra.
A shootout between U.S. forces and gunmen left five civilians dead near Balad. One of the dead was a pregnant woman.
In Baghdad, one Iraqi soldier was killed and two others were wounded during a roadside bombing in Amiriya. Over the last 24 hours, 45 suspects were detained. Also, several people were arrested in connection with last week’s assassination of a Sadrist member of parliament. Another man, carrying explosives, was detained and accused of staging an earlier attack in Doura.
A woman was killed and four family members were wounded during a bomb blast in Baquba.
A displaced Iraqi was killed in Mualimin as he was returning home.
A roadside bomb wounded three Iraqi policemen in Fallujah.
Gunmen killed the leader of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) in Mussayab.
In Jurf al-Sakhar, Iraqi forces killed a militant leader.
A body was found in Tuz Khormato.
Four Iranian Revolutionary Guards were detained inside Iraqi territory near Mandili.
Two suspects were captured in Taji.
In Wassit, 850 police recruits joined a training program.
Five al-Qaeda suspects were captured in Khalis. One was a commander.
The Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) admitted that four rebels had been killed during yesterday’s Turkish air strikes. Turkey had reported them as Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) deaths. The PJAK is an offshoot of the separatist PKK group and mainly targets Iran. Casualty figures from the mountainous region are generally considered unreliable as there are no third party sources for them.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis