Iraq: At least four American troops die
A roadside bomb killed three American troops in Iraq on Saturday, pushing the U.S. death toll closer to the 4,000 mark since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
The U.S. military said the three soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up near their vehicle northwest of Baghdad. Two Iraqi civilians also died in the attack, Reuters reported.
On Friday, a U.S. soldier died from wounds sustained from "indirect fire", a term commonly used by the military to refer to a mortar or rocket attack, south of Baghdad.
Six members of a U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol group were killed early on Saturday in a U.S. helicopter strike on their checkpoint in Salahuddin province, police and a local tribal leader said. The U.S. military conveyed it had conducted a helicopter attack in the province, but denied it had attacked a checkpoint. It said the strike killed six men suspected of placing roadside bombs.