Four US soldiers have been killed in escalating clashes in Iraq’s central al-Anbar province.
The US Central Command said two members of the First Marine Expeditionary Force were killed on Tuesday in action “while conducting security and stability operations” in the region that includes the troubled town of Falluja.
The military also announced the death of one Army soldier who was killed in action on Monday.
Another soldier died on Tuesday of wounds received earlier, the command said.
The latest deaths brought to 664 the number of US troops killed in action in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 and to 896 the overall military death toll in the country.
The continuing death toll is a reminder that Iraqi resistance is far from being vanquished.
Though US President George Bush announced in May last year that major combat was over, US-led forces continue to come under attack regularly in Iraq.