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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Bombings

By Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

BAGHDAD, Aug 4 -- Roadside bombs killed two American soldiers and wounded a third Monday as their patrol drove through eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

The attack occurred at 9:30 a.m. in the mostly Shiite enclave of New Baghdad, police said. Earlier this year, U.S. troops and Shiite militiamen of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fought each other in and around the neighborhood. The U.S. military did not provide further details about Monday's attack.

Last month, five American troops died as a result of combat in Iraq, by far the lowest monthly U.S. death toll since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. At least 4,130 members of the U.S. military have died in Iraq in the past five years, according to iCasualties.org, an independent Web site.

In other violence, a roadside bomb on Palestine Street, a busy thoroughfare in eastern Baghdad, killed two Iraqis, including a policeman, and injured 23, police said. In the southeastern enclave of Dora, another roadside bomb targeted a police patrol, injuring two officers. And in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb detonated in the town of Khanaqin, killing two policemen and injuring three others, police said.

Washington Post staff in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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