Saturday, February 9, 2008
3,957 US soldiers killed in Iraq since March 2003
Five American soldiers killed in Iraq
Roadside bombs target US soldiers in two separate attacks, one in Baghdad, other in Tamim province.
BAGHDAD - Five US soldiers were killed Friday in Iraq in two separate attacks, including one in Baghdad, the US military said in statements on Saturday.
"Four (US) soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while the soldiers were conducting a combat patrol northwest of Baghdad" on Friday, said the US military.
Another soldier was killed and three wounded by a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in the At Tamim province north of Baghdad on Friday, said another statement.
The latest deaths brings to 3,957 the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to a tally based on independent website http://www.icasualties.org/.
The frequency of attacks on US troops in Baghdad has picked up noticeably in the past weeks.
Since the beginning of January, coalition soldiers have been targeted in attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDS) once every three days on average, according to US military commanders.
Explosive devices are the main cause of US deaths in Iraq.