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Two US troopers died in Iraq
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:37:34 GMT
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The American soldiers have dies in an operation in southern Iraq, despite the United States claim that it is not involved in combat operations in the country anymore.

"Two US service members were killed yesterday (Friday) while conducting operations in southern Iraq," the forces said without giving further details, Xinhua reported.

The deaths took to 4,450 the number of the American forces killed ever since 2003, when Washington led the invasion of the violence-wrecked country.

Last year alone, militancy in Iraq claimed the lives of 60 US troops.

Over one million Iraqis have suffered violent deaths as a result of the military presence, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business.

The US is obligated to withdraw its forces that currently number around 50,000 by the end of the year in line with a bilateral accord.

The agreement also forced Washington to end its combat operations in Iraq in August 2010.

The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said recently that Washington would "keep some American troops in the country” at, what he called, Baghdad's request.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has, however, warned against any extension beyond the deadline to the foreign presence on the country's soil.

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