Four U.S. Marines were killed by roadside bombings in western Iraq's volatile Anbar province, the military said Tuesday.
Three Marines were killed by a bomb blast Monday in Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad, according to a military statement. The victims were assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit that has operated in Anbar province since mid-December with an Iraqi Army battalion.
Another Marine, attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, died from wounds caused by a bomb blast Sunday in an unspecified location within Anbar, which includes the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. military personnel killed to at least 2,257 since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count, reports the AP.
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