Saturday, December 31, 2005
AP: Iraq deaths remain high for '05
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer - 1 hour, 34 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A policeman, left, passes the spot where a roadside bomb exploded killing two police officers Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday Dec. 31, 2005. Two more U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq as the year wound down, putting the American military death toll at 841 so far, just five short of 2004's lost lives despite political progress and dogged efforts to quash the insurgency. Violence continued on Saturday. Gunmen raided a house near Iskandariyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Baghdad, killing five members of a Sunni family, according to police sources, and a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing two policemen, officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Bombings and shootings killed at least 20 people acrosson the final day of the year Saturday, while U.S. troops shivered in the cold during a performance by an "American Idol" singer as part of New Year's Eve celebrations. The U.S. military also reported the death of an American soldier from wounds.
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