US soldier killed in Iraq

AFP, Jan. 19, 2008

BAGHDAD (AFP) - An American soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle during combat operations north of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement on Saturday.

The attack occurred on Friday, the statement said without giving further details.

The latest death brings the total number of American soldiers killed since the 2003 invasion to 3,927, according to an AFP tally based on figures from independent website

The statement did not say whether the death occurred during a joint US-Iraqi assault against Al-Qaeda in Iraq, codenamed Operation Iron Harvest, which began in four central and northern provinces on January 8.

Six troops were killed last week by a blast in a booby-trapped house in Diyala province, the main focus of the operation, which forms part of the countrywide Phantom Phoenix assault by Iraqi-US forces on Al-Qaeda strongholds.

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