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Four US soldiers killed in Iraq

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A suicide car bomb has killed four American soldiers and an interpreter in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military says.

Three soldiers were killed when the car detonated near their vehicle, while the other two people died later from injuries, an official said.

It is the most serious attack on US troops this year. More than 4,200 US troops have died there since 2003.

The US currently has around 147,000 troops based in Iraq.

Only four American soldiers were killed in hostile action in all of January, the lowest monthly toll since the March 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

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