By Bill Brubaker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:56 AM
The U.S. military announced today that four soldiers have been killed in Iraq, bringing the total number of American deaths in the country to at least 45 this month.
Three soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, were killed yesterday in Diyala province, a military statement said.
One was killed by small arms fire while conducting combat operations, and two were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle in which they were traveling. Two other soldiers were injured in that incident.
The U.S. military said another soldier was killed by small arms fire Tuesday while conducting combat operations in Baghdad.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
At least 2,857 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
Officials have reported that 105 U.S. troops were killed in the country in October, one of the deadliest months for American forces since the war began.