On rare day of violence, 3 U.S. troops killed
Three U.S. troops were killed in Iraq on Saturday in two separate incidents, marking an unusual day of violence for the U.S. military at a time when soldiers are mostly confined to their bases and are focusing on training the Iraqi security forces.
The deadliest of the two incidents occurred during a training mission at the Ghazlani Training Center just south of the volatile northern city of Mosul. A U.S. military statement said two soldiers died and a third was injured when an Iraqi soldier opened fire on them.
The Iraqi soldier responsible “was killed during the attack,” the statement said, without giving further details. U.S. military officials refused further comment.
In the second incident, a U.S. soldier died in central Iraq "while conducting operations,” a separate statement said. The names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of their families, the military said.
Saturday’s deaths brought to five the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq this year, following the deaths of two servicemembers in a bombing north of Baghdad on Jan. 2.