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April deadliest month for US in Iraq since 2009


BAGHDAD (AFP) – The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP.

The soldier "was killed April 29 while conducting operations in southern Iraq," a US military statement released on Saturday said, without giving further details.

The death brought to 11 the number of US troops to die in Iraq in April, according to an AFP tally based on data compiled by independent website

That is the highest monthly toll since November 2009, when 11 soldiers also died, starkly highlighting the risks American soldiers still face even after combat operations were officially declared over last summer.

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