US soldier killed in southern Iraq
A U.S. soldier was killed in southern Iraq during operations on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, Xinhua reported.
The U.S. military did not give further details about how or where exactly the incident happened. The deceased soldier's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.The death brings to six the number of U.S. service members killed in Iraq this week. Five U.S. soldiers were killed by rocket attacks at a military base in Baghdad on Monday.
The death toll of U.S. soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq since the war broke out in 2003, rose to about 4,460, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.
In mid 2010, U.S. troops in Iraq had been reduced to below 50, 000 soldiers. 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), signed late in 2008 between Baghdad and Washington.