Three American troops were killed Wednesday in a rocket attack near a U.S. base close to the Iranian border, according to U.S. military officials. The deaths reported early Thursday. Further details were not immediately available.
US intelligence officials have long believed that the Iranian-backed Kataib"brigades", is one of the only militias to use weapons known in military jargon as IRAMs, or improvised rocket-assisted mortars, against U.S. troops. The weapons are made in Iran,kansas city site said.
The deaths came at the end of the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years, and with just six months before the American military is scheduled to leave after more than eight years of war.
Both governments now consider extending the deadline to have thousands of troops remain in Iraq into 2012 - in part to counter Iran's influence over the unstable nation - at least three major Shiite militias have stepped up attacks on soldiers to force the military out.
A total of 15 U.S. soldiers have been killed or died in non-hostile incidents this month in Iraq,. Exaclty two years ago was the last time that 15 US troops were killed in Iraq.
A total of 39 Americans have died or been killed in Iraq so far in 2011 and according to AP the number of American troops who have died in Iraq is 4,469 .
Earlier this week, two soldiers were killed by an armor-piercing grenade that was lobbed at their vehicle in Diyala province.