5 US Soldiers Killed After Base Is Attacked in Baghdad
June 6: Security contractors inspect their armored vehicles after a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq. (FOX News)
Five US servicemembers were killed today when their base come under attack in southeastern Baghdad.
Five U.S. servicemembers were killed Monday in central Iraq, the U.S. military said in a written statement.
The deaths are the single largest loss of life among U.S. troops in Iraq since 2009, and they come as Iraq debates whether to request U.S. troops stay beyond a January 1, 2012, deadline that requires 46,000 American forces out of the country.
The U.S. military did not say how or where the five died.
But two Iraqi security officials told CNN Monday that the servicemembers were killed during an early morning mortar attack at a U.S. military base in southeastern Baghdad.
Five servicemembers also were wounded in the attack, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
The two officials said some of those killed and wounded were sleeping in trailers when the base was attacked.
12 Iraqi soldiers were also killed today when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb-laden car in the city of Tikrit.