US soldier dies in non-combat incident in Iraq

July 19th, 2011 - 7:04 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 19 (IANS) An American soldier has died in a “non-combat incident” in Iraq, the US military said here.

“A US service member died Sunday in a non-hostile incident in central Iraq,” Xinhua reported citing a military statement.

The statement, however, did not give details about how and where the incident took place.

The name of the deceased was withheld pending notification of next of kin, it said.

This brought the number of US soldiers who have been killed or died in Iraq this month to five.

The latest casualty takes the overall US toll in Iraq since March 2003 to 4,474, according to media count based on Pentagon figures.

The US forces are to pull out completely from Iraq by the end of 2011.

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