Special report: Tension escalates in
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
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
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