The United States military has reportedly lost one soldier due to non-combat injuries in the eastern part of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
“A Multi-National Force – Baghdad (MNF-B) has died on Friday of non-combat causes in eastern Baghdad,” a US army release said on Friday.
The US military also announced that the soldier’s name was being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
The latest death takes to seven the number of American troopers killed this month in Iraq.
The death also brings to 108 the number of US soldiers killed so far this year in Iraq. The American army has lost a total number of 4,327 soldiers since March 2003 when Washington unleashed the US-led invasion of Iraq.
A total of 314 US troopers lost their lives in 2008. The preceding year, 2007, nonetheless remains the deadliest year the American military has seen with a death toll of 904.
This is while the United States Army sustained a loss of 822 servicemen in 2006 plus 846 in 2005. As many as 849 soldiers were also killed in 2004 and 486 others lost their lives in 2003.
This is while more than one million Iraqis have died because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to data compiled by the London-based Opinion Research Business (ORB) and its research partner in Iraq — the Independent Institute for Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS).
Moreover, a fifth of Iraqi households have lost at least one family member due to the conflict.