Tuesday, May 29, 2007

May's toll reaches 116 as 10 die on Memorial Day; 3rd deadliest month ever

Still Missing: There was no word today on the search for Alex Jimenez, left, and Byron Fouty, front center. Both are listed as 'Duty Status: Whereabouts Unknown'. Left: A yellow ribbon tied round a tree at Byron Fouty's former high school.

Note: Though the following report lists an Associated Press count of 112 killed in May, the actual figure is 116, as reported by I-Casualties and confirmed by the number of fallen whose stories are posted or about to be posted here later today.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Ten American soldiers died in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash on Memorial Day, the military reported Tuesday, making May the deadliest month of the year for U.S. troops in Iraq .

In other violence, five Britons were kidnapped Tuesday from an Iraqi government office in Baghdad , driven away in a 19-vehicle convoy filled with men in police uniforms who headed toward a Shiite stronghold in the capital, the British government and an Iraqi official said.

The American deaths raised the number of U.S. forces killed this month to at least 112, according to an Associated Press count assembled from U.S. military statements.

Eight of the soldiers were from Task Force Lightning - six killed when explosions hit near their vehicles and two in a helicopter crash. The military did not say if the helicopter was shot down or had mechanical problems.

The military said two Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers were killed the same day when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad.

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