BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military says an American solider has been killed in northern Iraq by indirect fire as he was preparing to go out on an operation.
A statement released by U.S. forces in Iraq said the soldier was killed Thursday, but gave no other details. The soldier was not identified, pending notification of next of kin.
In a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon, U.S. Maj. Gen. David Perkins said the soldier was about to go on a military operation when he was hit by indirect fire in northern Iraq.
This marks the first time a U.S. soldier has been killed in combat since July.
It brings to 4,478 the number of American troops who have died in Iraq since the war started in 2003. That's according to an Associated Press count.
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