BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Five more U.S. troops were killed in Iraq, the military said, making December the year’s deadliest month for U.S. troops with the toll reaching 108.
Three Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, died Thursday of wounds from fighting in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said a day later.
Two soldiers died Friday, the military said. One was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division and also died in combat in Anbar, and another was killed by a roadside bomb in a northwest section of Baghdad, the military said in separate statements.
Their deaths pushed the toll past the 105 U.S. service members killed in October.
At least 2,995 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an AP count.
A suicide bomber killed at least nine people near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, and 32 tortured bodies were found across the country.
American troops killed six people and destroyed a weapons cache in separate raids in Baghdad and northwest of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said.
One of the raids targeted two buildings in the village of Thar Thar, where U.S. troops found 16 pounds of homemade explosives, two large bombs, a rocketpropelled grenade, suicide vests and multiple batteries, the military said.