Four US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter died in a suicide car bombing in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul on Monday. It was the deadliest attack on US soldiers since May 2008, when four soldiers died from gunfire and a bomb in Anbar province.
AFP - Four American soldiers and an interpreter were killed in a suicide car bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, in the deadliest attack since last May, the US military said.
It said three soldiers were killed on the spot while a fourth and the interpreter died later of their wounds when the suicide bomber's car exploded near their vehicle.
The US military considers Mosul, 370 kilometres (225 miles) from Baghdad, to be Al-Qaeda's last urban stronghold in Iraq. A total of 26 US soldiers have now been killed in the Mosul region over the past year.
Four American soldiers were last killed in May 2008 by gunfire and an improvised bomb in the western province of Anbar, a former rebel bastion.
At least 4,243 US military personnel have died in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to an AFP tally based on the independent website www.icasualties.org.
On January 26, four US soldiers were killed when two helicopters crashed in northern Iraq.
US President Barack Obama, who opposed the Iraq war, has said he wants to redeploy thousands of combat troops from the country to Afghanistan, which he says is the prime front against Al-Qaeda.
However, he must balance the risk of a rapid drawdown against commanders' requirements for up to 30,000 more US troops in Afghanistan, which would nearly double the US military presence there, in response to worsening conditions.
Obama hailed provincial elections held in Iraq nine days ago, which passed without major violence, as a sign of progress amid a steadily improving security environment.
Attacks in Baghdad and insurgent hotspots such as Mosul remain common, however.
Date created : 2009-02-09