Three US Marines were killed fighting in Anbar province, the area of western Iraq where many Sunni-Arab insurgents are based, the military said on Thursday.
Assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7, the Marines died on Wednesday from wounds sustained during enemy action, the command said. The names of the deceased were withheld pending notification of relatives.
The deaths raised to at least 2,870 the number of US servicemen who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
So far this month in Iraq, 52 American service members have been killed or died.