Saturday, February 9, 2008
"09/02/2008 Five U.S. occupation soldiers were killed on Friday in Iraq in two separate attacks, including one in Baghdad, the US military said in statements on Saturday.
"Four 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 bring to 3,957 the number of US occupation soldiers killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to a tally based on independent website 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, occupation soldiers have been targeted in attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDS) once every three days on average, according to US military commanders."