The Islamic State of Iraq, an extremist group linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in a website posting on October 27 for a pair of bombings two days earlier that killed 160 people in Baghdad. The BBC quoted the Islamic group’s statement that its suicide bombers had targeted "dens of infidelity" in the Iraqi capital, including "the ministry of oppression, known as the ministry of justice, and the Baghdad provincial assembly."

NATO officials in Afghanistan have reported that three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopters crashed on October 26 in two separate incidents, killing 11 U.S. troops and three American civilians.

CIA “black site"The Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) is expected to approve this week President Dalia Grybauskaite's demand for a full investigation of allegations of a CIA “black site” prison in the Baltic nation's capital in 2004-05, according to various news reports.

President Obama’s plans for a revamped "missile shield" for Eastern Europe has gained the support of Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Day two of NATO’s Defense Ministers’ meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, continued on October 23, with NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and ISAF commander U.S. General Stanley McChrystal all urging stronger support for the war in Afghanistan.

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