Five American Soldiers Killed in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MARCH 17: A U.S. Army soldier patrols a street after one of their vehicles ran over an IED (improvised explosive device) March 17, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. There was no comment on injuries or deaths following the late afternoon incident. Roadside bombs killed about seven U.S. soldiers in Iraq and wounded several other people last weekend. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2004 Getty Images

In the deadliest incident for American soldiers in Iraq in over two years, five troops were killed in an early-morning rocket or mortar attack on a base in Baghdad. Though the 47,000 American soldiers stationed in Iraq no longer have a combat role, MSNBC reports that they "still come under almost daily attack by rockets and mortars in their bases and get shot at and targeted by roadside bombs when they move outside of their bases." [MSNBC, CNN]