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Five American Soldiers Killed in Central Iraq


BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 07: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks with troops from the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii and answers their questions during a visit at Camp Victory April 7, 2011 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Gates is meeting with military and civilian leaders during what he described as possibly his last trip to Iraq as defense secretary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Five American soldiers were killed in an attack in central Iraq on Monday, in one of the deadliest days for the American military since the mission there ended nine months ago, according to the New York Times.

Iraqi security officials said the soldiers were killed when multiple rockets were fired on an American base in southeast Baghdad, but U.S. military officials would not confirm the details, the Times reports.


Though all of the estimated 46,000 American forces still in Iraq are scheduled to withdraw by the end of the year, militant attacks have continued to target U.S. troops ahead of this departure.

Two American troops were killed in Iraq last month, while 11 died in April, according to

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