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Six U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqis, South Korean Soldier Killed In Iraq

May 20, 2007 -- The U.S. military said today that six U.S. soldiers and an interpreter were killed on May 19 by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad.

The soldiers were part of a unit that was uncovering arms caches.

In a separate attack today, two Iraqi police officers were killed outside Ramadi, 115 kilometers west of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, a South Korean soldier was found shot dead at a barber shop on a military base in northern Iraq on May 19.

It was the first death of a South Korean soldier in Iraq, according to Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Seoul deployed around 3,600 troops to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, but its contingent now numbers around 1,200, Yonhap reports.

(AP, AFP, Reuters, Yonhap)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)

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