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Nine U.S. Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded
Six Killed in Salahaddin Province, Three in Diyala Province
03/06/2007 07:07 AM ET
Baghdad, March 6, (VOI) – Nine U.S. soldiers were killed and four others wounded in two separate operations on Monday in the provinces of Diyala and Salah al-Din, the U.S. army said in two statements. "Six Lightning Task Force soldiers were killed in an attack during combat operations in the province of Salah al-Din on Monday," the U.S. army said in a statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). "The died of wounds they sustained when an explosive device went off near their vehicle," read the statement, noting three U.S. soldiers were wounded and moved to receive treatment. Another U.S. statement on Tuesday read "three U.S. soldiers died of wounds they sustained on Monday during a combat mission in the province of Diyala after an explosive charge went off near their vehicles," adding "another soldier was wounded and is now being treated." The provinces of Diyala and Salah al-Din, both north of Baghdad, are theaters for nearly daily armed operations in which gunmen target U.S. and Iraqi military presence. The nine deaths raise to 3183 the number of U.S. soldiers killed since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, according to U.S. army official data. Out of this number 16 soldiers were killed since the beginning of March 2007. Last month, which witnessed the commencement of the Fard al-Qanoon (law-imposing) security plan to stem sectarian violence and confront armed groups in Baghdad and several Iraqi cities, saw the killing of 81 U.S. soldiers.

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