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U.S. soldier killed by 'hostile fire'

Fifth soldier to die in combat this week


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The latest attack in a wave of violence this week against U.S. forces in Iraq has taken the life an American soldier, U.S. Central Command said Thursday, bringing the total number of U.S. military personnel killed this week in hostile acts to five.

"A U.S. soldier was killed by hostile fire while traveling on a main supply route in Iraq today," a statement said. The soldier was evacuated to a combat hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Central Command said the incident happened at Anaconda, Iraq, which spokesman Capt. Jeff Sandrock described as "a U.S. military logistics support area northwest of Baghdad." He would not pinpoint the location, citing security concerns.

The U.S. Army's V Corps is investigating the shooting, Central Command said. The soldier's name and unit are being withheld until family members can be notified.

With Thursday's attack, the number of U.S. soldiers killed this week in hostile incidents rose to five.

Two soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded Tuesday when a U.S. Army unit came under fire in Fallujah west of Baghdad.

Another soldier was killed and three were wounded near Baghdad International Airport Monday when the vehicle they were riding in was blown up by an explosive device thrown under their Humvee.

Starting the week, a soldier was killed and another wounded when their convoy was ambushed early Monday near Haditha, about 120 miles northwest of Baghdad, as the convoy from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was carrying supplies to Al Qaim from Al Asad Air Base.


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