Updated at 7:17 p.m. EDT, Oct. 27, 2008
At least 20 Iraqis were killed and another 29 were wounded in the latest violence. One American soldier died Friday of wounds received on Oct. 16 during a small arms attack in Baquba. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities confirmed a border attack on Syria.
In Baghdad, a bomb planted on a car in the Sinak neighborhood killed two people and wounded seven others. Three people were killed and six others were wounded during a bombing in New Baghdad; earlier, U.S. troops killed five gunmen during an attack on a military base. In Nahda, a roadside bomb blast wounded four people. Two people were wounded during a bombing near the Kindi Hospital in northeast Baghdad. Also, a body was found in Mashtal.
In Mosul, a dumped body was found. Two people were wounded during a suicide attack on a checkpoint. Gunmen killed a civilian. Two Iraqi soldiers were injured during a combined small arms and indirect fire attack. Also, a bomb blew up a policeman’s car, but no casualties were reported in the blast.
A roadside bomb killed a government employee and wounded six others in Dour.
An Iraqi soldier was killed when a bomb planted on his car blew up in Tuz Khormato.
Two wanted suspects were captured in separate locations within Dhi Qar province.
Security forces in Kirkuk detained 14 suspects.
A "key militia leader" was arrested in Kut.
Twelve suspects were arrested across Ninewa province.
Four suspects were arrested across Basra province, while an Iranian was picked up in the Shatt al-Arab area.
U.S. forces killed four suspects and detained seven more across northern and central Iraq.
A long-delayed sewage treatment system for Fallujah is beset with problems and likely will not be operational until at least next April. Also, a roadside bomb was defused safely.
Turkish forces targeted locations in northern Iraq last night and this morning.
U.S. officials confirmed conducting a deadly raid that left at least seven people dead just across the border in Syria. They said they killed the head of a smuggling network. An Associated Press journalist on scene reported that seven adult men were killed, while the Syrian government claimed that children were among the dead. Witnesses said two people were taken into custody.
The As Sukkariyah farming area borders a centuries-old trade route along the Euphrates River that is well-used by smugglers operating in both directions between the countries. The Iraqi town of Qaim and a U.S. base are located just a few miles away on the other side of the border. Only five days ago, a mass grave containing 34 police recruits, who were kidnapped three years ago, was found nearby. Coincidentally, Qaim was also the site of a phosphate plant that produced yellowcake uranium until 1991 when the plant was bombed.
Also, an Iranian general admitted that the country is supporting "liberation armies" throughout the Middle East. Although the commander did not give details, the U.S. has insisted that Iran is giving financial support and training to such groups as the Mahdi Army in Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis