US death toll in Iraq on the rise
A U.S. Apache helicopter crashed Friday in northern Iraq, injuring two American troops, and a roadside bomb killed a US soldier in the central city of Tikrit, the military said.
The two injured servicemembers were evacuated in the area of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, The AP reported.
In central Iraq, a U.S. soldier died Friday in a roadside bombing while on patrol in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
The American casualties came as the death toll among the National Guard and Reserve in Iraq soared to at least 32 in the first 10 days of August, according to a Pentagon count. That total is more that in any full month of the entire war. Meanwhile, the commander of U.S. transportation and other logistics forces in Iraq said Friday that the number of roadside bomb strikes against his troops throughout Iraq has doubled in the past year.