U.S. soldier killed by roadside bomb in western Iraq

U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in western Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday. The soldier, assigned to the 56th Brigade Combat Team, was taken to a U.S. military hospital where he died of his wounds Saturday night. The attack occured near Al Asad Air Base in a volatile insurgent region near Syria.

The soldier's name was withheld until family was notified. The death raises to at least 1,899 members of the U.S. military who have been killed since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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