14 Troops Killed in 2 Days

5 soldiers dead after roadside bomb explosion; death toll hits 3,545
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 12:49 PM CDT
14 Troops Killed in 2 Days
Smoke rises over a heavily protected Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, that houses the US Embassy and Iraqi government after a volley of mortars landed Thursday, June 21, 2007. There were no immediate reports on casualties. (AP Photo/Odd Andersen)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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