Fourteen American troops have been killed in Iraq over the past 2 days, bringing the US death toll to 3,545, with 68 fatalities in June. In the deadliest recent attack, five troops died today after a roadside bomb detonated under their vehicle in northeastern Iraq. Commanders attribute the worsening situation in part to increased anti-insurgent efforts, the Washington Post reports.
A rocket-propelled grenade struck another military vehicle in Baghdad today, leaving one US soldier dead. Four soldiers died yesterday when a roadside bomb blew up near their convoy in Baghdad; also yesterday, two marines died during combat in the Anbar province, and two other marines were killed when an IED exploded near their vehicle.