On rare day of vi­o­lence, 3 U.S. troops killed

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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