Five US soldiers die in Iraq as British troops kill 16 Iraqi fighters
The U.S. military on Saturday declared the deaths of five soldiers - two from wounds suffered in attacks, one in a vehicle accident and one from "natural causes."
A soldier died at 3 p.m. Friday from wounds he received during a mortar attack that day, and another soldier died on the same day from bullet wounds suffered when a sniper ambushed his unit, the military said.
Early Friday, a military vehicle overturned during a patrol, killing a soldier, the military said. All three died south of Baghdad.
A fourth soldier died of natural causes Friday in the headquarters of the U.S.-led occupation in Baghdad, the military said.
"The soldier was found unconscious and transported to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad where he was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m.," the military said in a statement.
Another soldier died at around 8 p.m. Friday from wounds suffered in a car bomb attack on a military convoy on a road near Balad, north of Baghdad, the military said. Another soldier was injured in the attack.
Elsewhere, a mortar attack on Iraqi civilians lining up to join the new Iraqi army killed as many as four people and injured 17 on Saturday, hospital staff in the northern city of Mosul said, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, the British Ministry of Defence said on Saturday UK forces killed up to 16 Iraqi fighters in a firefight after being ambushed in southern Iraq.
The attack on Friday saw a British patrol call in reinforcements after being ambushed south of Amara by Iraqi resistance fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.
"Up to 16 armed militia combatants were killed and one Iraqi was taken prisoner," a Ministry of Defence spokesman told Reuters. "Two British soldiers were injured and were evacuated by helicopter." (Albawaba.com)
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