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Two U.S. soldiers killed in central Iraq

Arab World Materials 23 May 2011 05:59 (UTC +04:00)
Two U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday during operations in central Iraq, the U.S. military said, Xinhua reported.
Two U.S. soldiers killed in central Iraq

Two U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday during operations in central Iraq, the U.S. military said, Xinhua reported.

The U.S. forces announced the deaths in a military statement, without giving further details about how and where exactly the incidents took place. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

It is the first death report of U.S. soldiers in Iraq this month.

The death toll of U.S. soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq since the war broke out in 2003, rose to about 4,454, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.

U.S. troops in Iraq had been reduced to below 47, 000 soldiers until the end of April. Washington said that the remaining U.S. troops in Iraq are conducting support and training missions.

U.S. military forces are to pull out completely from Iraq by the end of 2011, according to the security pact named Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which was signed late in 2008 between Baghdad and Washington.

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