Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Aug. 27, 2007
As an expected five million
in Karbala for a religious observance, Iraq security forces are focused on preventing
attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims. Still, at least 62 Iraqis have been killed
or found dead and 45 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, four
U.S. servicemembers were killed in separate incidents over the last two days.
Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed yesterday in Salah ad Din province
as a result of enemy gunfire. A Marine
died in Anbar Province during combat operations yesterday, while another
died the day before in a separate incident.
The governor of Salah
ad Din province escaped a roadside bomb attack that left two
bodyguards wounded in a Tikrit neighborhood. Two provincial governors
were killed earlier this month.
In Baghdad, 12
dumped bodies were found scattered throughout the capital. A roadside bomb
killed one and wounded
three in the al-Midan Square area. A sniper killed
a pilgrim crossing the Jadiriyah Bridge. In a southwestern neighborhood,
gunmen injured three pilgrims.
Also, gunmen killed one pilgrim
and injured three others just south of the capital.
U.S. forces detained
eight suspected arms smugglers in Sadr City. The body
of Iraqi translator working for CBS News was found a week after he had been kidnapped;
was shot during the abduction.
bomber in Fallujah killed
10 and wounded 11 after detonating his cargo during evening prayers at a mosque.
dumped bodies were handed over to the morgue in Baquba. They were in
various states of decomposition and found separately.
tribal militia members were killed and four wounded in Jurf al-Sakhr
during overnight battles with suspected al-Qaeda militants.
two roadside bombs were defused
on a highway leading to Karbala.
A group of pilgrims at a Iraqi army checkpoint
in Karbala refused to be searched. Three
pilgrims were killed and 13 more were injured after arguments turned into
Police reported that one
pilgrim was killed and five more were wounded in Iskandariya and Latifiya.
bodies believed to belong to al-Qaeda suspects were found in Khalis.
unidentified bodies were found and then buried.