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Two US soldiers die in Iraq, first casualties of 2011

world Updated: Jan 03, 2011 12:07 IST

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Two US soldiers have been killed in central Iraq in the first deadly attack of 2011 on American forces in the country, the military said on Monday.

"Two US service members were killed in central Iraq Sunday night," a statement from the US military said.

"This was one incident resulting in the death of two US service members. These are the first deaths of any US service member in 2011," a spokeswoman for the military said, without giving further details on how the two were killed, or to which branch of the military they belonged.

The latest deaths brings to 4,432 the number of American soldiers to have died in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, according to an AFP tally based on data from independent website

According to the website, 60 members of the US military were killed in 2010 -- by far the smallest number since 2003.

Some 50,000 US troops remain in the country, but a security accord between Baghdad and Washington requires that they be withdrawn by the end of 2011.