Bodies: Iraqi and U.S. military officials say that they've discovered 29 bodies -- many of them hanged -- in and around Baghdad over the course of the last day. U.S. troops found 18 of them stuffed into a minibus in the Sunni district of Amariya. Most of the others were found dumped around Baghad, the victims of gunshot wounds. One had been beheaded.
Hostages: Gunmen wearing Iraqi police uniforms stormed into the offices of a private security company in eastern Baghdad this morning, then left with as many as 50 employees as hostages.
Bombings: Explosions killed at least four people in Baghdad Wednesday. A bomb hidden under a parked car killed two Iraq police officers. Another bomb, apparently meant for a U.S. convoy in northern Baghdad, killed two boys selling gasoline instead.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.