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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2007 Iraq Toll Worst for U.S.

BAGHDAD -- Five U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate roadside bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday, the U.S. military said, making 2007 the deadliest year for U.S. forces in the country.

The deaths took the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq this year to 851, according to Icasualties.org, an independent web site that monitors U.S. troop deaths. The worst previous year was 2004, when 849 deaths were recorded.

In total, 3,854 U.S. soldiers have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"We lost five soldiers yesterday in two unfortunate incidents, both involving [improvised explosive devices]," U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith told reporters in Baghdad on Tuesday.

The military said both attacks took place in Kirkuk province near the oil-refining city of Baiji, 180 kilometers north of Baghdad. In the worst incident, four soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.

U.S. forces in Iraq say a major buildup of troops since February has helped stem sectarian violence and reduced the number of insurgent attacks on coalition forces.

Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, the second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, told a Pentagon briefing last week there had been a five-month decline in combat deaths.