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US Service Member Dies in Central Iraq

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- An American service member died in Iraq on Sunday, marking the fifth time this month that a U.S. military member has died or been killed in that country.

"A U.S. service member died Sunday in a non-hostile incident in central Iraq," the military said Monday. "The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and release by the Department of Defense."

The circumstances surrounding the death is currently under investigation.

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Defense Dept. Investigating Soldier Deaths in Northern Iraq

File photo. Photo Courtesy - United States Army(BAGHDAD) -- The Defense Department confirms two U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday and a third wounded when an Iraqi soldier opened fire on them in northern Iraq.  The Iraqi soldier responsible for the U.S. deaths was killed as well. 

It happened during training exercises conducted by U.S. Forces as part of the Advise and Assist effort.  The attack on the U.S. troops at Ghazlani Training Camp south of Mosul is the second such incident on record.  The Pentagon said there was one last year in Saladin Province in which an Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. troops. 

The condition of the wounded soldier is "not releasable," according to the Pentagon.  That soldier was evacuated to Joint Base Balad for medical treatment.  The identities of the dead soldiers is not being released until family members have been told of their loss.

Another soldier died Saturday while conducting operations in central Iraq.

These deaths bring the toll for January to five.

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