Nine US, 2 UK Troops Killed in Iraq

The longer Coalition forces stay in Iraq the more the casualties mount and the more difficult it will become for Britain and America to extricate their forces.

Adding to the toll, the U.S. military announced on Saturday that up to nine U.S. soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded in Iraq.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others wounded on Friday when a roadside bomb explosion struck their foot-patrol in southern Baghdad, a military statement said.

Another soldier was killed when a roadside bomb hit his patrol in western Baghdad on Thursday, the military said.

Earlier in the day, the military announced the deaths of six more soldiers, including one killed in non-combat related incident.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence also announced the deaths of two more British soldiers in Iraq on Saturday.

According to a MoD spokesman, one of the dead was killed in a non-combat related accident. The second soldier was killed and three others injured during a large-scale operation in Basra overnight, which involved around 1,000 British troops.

British forces came under attack from bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire during heavy fighting in the southern Iraqi city. The dead soldier was killed when the Warrior armoured he was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device.

The three wounded soldiers, one of whom was seriously injured, are being treated at the British field hospital in Basra.