Week's U.S. death toll in Iraq rises to 27
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The American death toll this week in Iraq rose to 27.
A U.S. Marine was killed during combat operations in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, military officials reported Thursday.
The Marine, who was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed Wednesday by small-arms fire, authorities said.
Three soldiers of Task Force Baghdad, part of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, were killed Wednesday night in a Baghdad bombing, and 14 Marines died Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast in Haditha in western Iraq.
Six Marines also died in a firefight Monday in that city, and a suicide bomber killed another Marine near Hit, south of Haditha. (Casualties identified)
On Tuesday, a soldier was shot dead in the Iraqi capital. Another soldier died Sunday in a bomb blast near Baghdad.
The number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war stands at 1,825, according to the military.
Interpreter also killed
The deaths of 14 Marines in Wednesday's roadside bombing in Haditha marked one the deadliest attacks on American forces in the Iraq war.
A civilian interpreter also died, and one Marine was wounded, the military said.
U.S. and Iraqi troops have been trying to clear insurgents out of Haditha and Hit, Sunni Arab cities along the Euphrates River in the Anbar province.
Stretching from the western environs of Baghdad to the Syrian, Jordanian and Saudi borders, Anbar with its porous border has long posed a security challenge. The province has been a hotbed of insurgents and jihadists from other Muslim countries.
The slain Marines were in an amphibious assault vehicle designed to carry troops in water operations from ship to shore, then operate on beaches and inland.
Analysts said the vehicle's armor is a drawback in Iraq. The vehicle must be able to stay afloat so its plating isn't as heavy as that of other armored vehicles. (Full story)
The 14 Marines were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), the Pentagon said.
This week's Iraq violence has hit a Marine battalion based in a working-class Ohio town particularly hard. Nineteen members from the unit were killed over two days. (Full story)
CNN's Enes Dulami, Cal Perry and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
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