Minor skirmishes take US troop fatalities toll higher

MORE than 50 American soldiers have died in Iraq since the war ended on 1 May - although less than half are known to have been killed in combat.

Since George Bush, the president of the United States, declared major combat over, 18 American soldiers have been killed in attacks and another 36 have died in accidents.

JUNE 24: The Pentagon said there had been 25 attacks by Iraqi insurgents in a single day. One American soldier was wounded in fighting at a checkpoint in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, where several Iraqis died.

A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the mayor’s office in the troubled city of Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad. US troops shot and killed one of the assailants in the attack

JUNE 22: One US soldier killed and another wounded in a grenade attack south of Baghdad, shortly after a major gas pipeline was ripped open near the city of Hit by an explosion described as sabotage.

In Ramadi, US troops come under fire from a 12-year-old girl armed with an AK-47. No-one is hurt.

JUNE 21: In Hit, two US soldiers were injured, not seriously, when their Humvee vehicle hit a "land mine or other explosive device".

JUNE 19: A rocket-propelled grenade hit a US military ambulance about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing one American soldier and wounding two others.

Later the same day, several US soldiers were wounded in a twin attack in the town of Fallujah, which caused a major power cut in the region, witnesses said.

JUNE 18: Centcom said one US soldier was killed in Baghdad overnight during a patrol through the Iraqi capital, and another in an "apparent non-hostile incident" in the Taji area, north of Baghdad. Later, an American was killed and another wounded in a drive-by shooting as they guarded a filling station, a US military spokesman said.

At least two Iraqis were killed when US troops fired on a demonstration by ex-soldiers demanding pay in Baghdad.

JUNE 17: A US soldier on patrol in northern Baghdad was killed by a single shot from a sniper through the chest of his flak jacket.

JUNE 16: A US soldier on night patrol was shot in the back. He died later of his wounds.

US troops came under rocket-propelled grenade fire in Fallujah. No casualties are reported.

JUNE 13: A US operation to attack a "terrorist training camp" saw at least 100 Iraqis killed, including 27 who died when they attacked a US tank column.

JUNE 12: An explosion on the main oil pipeline linking the northern oil city of Kirkuk to Turkey.

JUNE 10: One US Army soldier was killed and another injured when attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at American troops in Baghdad. The soldiers were attacked at a collection point for illegal weapons. The soldiers were from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division

JUNE 9: Private Jesse M Halling, 19, of Indianapolis, a 2002 graduate of Ben Davis High School, was shot dead when his unit was attacked near a military police station in Tikrit. He joined the army last August.

JUNE 8: An American soldier was shot dead late in the day at a checkpoint near the Syrian border. A vehicle drew up at a traffic checkpoint at Qaim, and the occupants asked for medical help, before two men got out and opened fire with pistols. One attacker was killed and another captured.

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