U.S. soldier killed in bomb explosion in Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2007-11-08 16:12:47   Print

Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq    

    BAGHDAD, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb explosion in south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

    The soldier received fatal wounds Wednesday while on dismounted patrol in south of Baghdad, a military statement said.

    The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification, it added.

    So far, up to 853 U.S. service members have killed in 2007, making it the deadliest year of the war for American soldiers since the U.S-led invasion in 2003.

    The second worst year was 2004, when 849 American soldiers died, many of them in major battles for control of insurgent strongholds like Falluja.

    The military officials attribute the rise this year to an expanded troop presence during the so-called surge, which climbed to more than 165,000 troops in Iraq, and sent units out of large bases and into more dangerous communities.

    Totally, some 3,857 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the outbreak of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.

Editor: Du Guodong
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