Five U.S. troops killed in central Iraq: U.S. military

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Posted: Jun 06, 2011 7:19 AM
Five U.S. troops killed in central Iraq: U.S. military

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five U.S. service members were killed on Monday in central Iraq, the U.S. military said, in one of the worst single tolls for American troops in the country this year.

The U.S. statement gave no more immediate details, but local media earlier reported a rocket attack on a U.S. military base in Baghdad.

U.S. forces officially ended combat operations in Iraq last August ahead of a scheduled U.S. military withdrawal at the end of this year. U.S. fatalities in Iraq since last year have become more sporadic.

U.S. troops are now mainly involved in a support and training role.

Violence in Iraq has generally dropped since the height of sectarian conflict in 2006-2007, but gun and bomb attacks still occur daily, often targeting local Iraqi security forces.

(Reporting by Patrick Markey; Editing by Jon Boyle)