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US soldier dies in northern Iraq

world Updated: Feb 07, 2009 12:13 IST

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The US military says an American soldier has died of a noncombat-related injury near the northern Iraqi city of Balad Ruz.

A US statement released on Saturday said the soldier died Friday but gave no further details.

The latest fatality brings to at least 4,238 the number of US military members who have died in the Iraq war since it began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. At least 3,406 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.