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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Coalition Troops Suffer Losses in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Four British soldiers and a Kuwaiti interpreter were killed Thursday in an ambush in southern Iraq, while the U.S. military announced the deaths of five more U.S. troops in Baghdad.

The deaths were the biggest loss of life for British forces in Iraq in more than four months.

South of the capital, a U.S. helicopter went down after coming under fire in a Sunni militant stronghold, an Iraqi army official said, but he had no immediate word on casualties. The U.S. military said it was investigating.

If confirmed, it would be the ninth U.S. helicopter to go down in Iraq this year. The U.S. military has said it is working to adjust tactics to fight off any more such attacks.

A car bomb also struck a Sunni Muslim television station Thursday, said Mahmoud al-Obeidi of the Iraqi Islamic Party that owns Baghdad TV. The party later said the assistant station director was killed and 12 others wounded in the blast.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but members of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party have been targeted in the past because they have joined the U.S.-backed political process.

The attacks came one day after U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell expressed disappointment at the high level of violence in Iraq despite a drop in the overall death toll in Baghdad during a U.S.-Iraqi security sweep that has entered its eighth week. The Iraqi government said it was extending the operation to combat spreading violence.

The British patrol struck a roadside bomb and was hit by small-arms fire at around 2 a.m. in the Hayaniyah district in Basra, 550 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, a British military spokeswoman said.