In one of the deadliest strikes in months, five U.S. soldiers were fatally injured by a suicide bomber Monday as they patrolled Baghdad’s Mansour district. Three other soldiers and an Iraqi translator were wounded in the blast but survived, according to the BBC.


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“Five soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Iraqi and American people,” said Col Allen Batschelet, chief of staff of US forces in Baghdad.

“We remain resolute in our resolve to protect the people of Iraq and kill or capture those who would bring them harm.”

The strike takes the number of US troops killed since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 close to 4,000, says the BBC’s Hugh Sykes in Baghdad.

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