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2 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Southern Iraq

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BAGHDAD — The U.S. military says two American soldiers have been killed while conducting operations in southern Iraq.

In a statement, released on Saturday, the military says the deaths occurred Friday.

No further details about how they died were released.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin and release by the Department of Defense.

The death raises to at least 4,450 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. That's according to an Associated Press count.

Nine U.S. servicemembers taking part in Operation New Dawn, as the Iraq campaign is called, have died so far this month. Most were from non-combat related incidents.

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