May Deadliest Month For U.S. Troops So Far

May 29, 2007

Another bloody day on the streets of Baghdad is accompanied with more sobering news from the US military . 8 soldiers died on Memorial Day north of the capital.

6 were killed by roadside bombings in the Diyala Province and another 2 died when their helicopter went down.

The new troop death toll comes as more than three dozen people were
killed in 2 different attacks in the capital city.

A pick-up truck parked outside a car parts shop exploded in western
Baghdad, killing seventeen and destroying nearby homes and a Mosque. Panicked, residents rushed to free those trapped in the debris.

An hour earlier, a minibus packed with explosives blew up several miles away in a busy shopping square, killing 23. Cars were riddled
with shrapnel, pushcarts flipped upside down, and smoke billowed into
the sky.

U.S. deaths have risen each month since February, when President Bush intensified efforts to secure Baghdad, sending 30,000 additional U.S. forces.

Violence has surged in recent months as the recent U.S. lead security
crackdown in Baghdad began, forcing militants to seek new bases.

In response, the U.S. military increased operations in the Diyala
province northeast of Baghdad to prevent such a flood of insurgents.

These latest U.S. casualties bring the death toll for May to at least
110, the highest of any month this year. More than 3,400 troops have
died since the start of the war in March 2003.

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