BAGHDAD (AP) -- The deaths of five soldiers and one sailor has made this year the deadliest year for U.S. troops in the Iraq war.
The U.S. military today announced the deaths, which pushed the total -- according to an Associated Press count -- to at least 853.
In 2004, 850 troops died in mostly larger and more conventional battles. In recent months there has been a sharp drop in U.S. and Iraqi deaths after a 30,000-strong U.S. force buildup.
The military says the five soldiers were killed yesterday in two separate roadside bomb attacks.
American forces say the sailor died of injuries received in an explosion yesterday north of Baghdad.
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