Another % Americans and a Brit lost in Iraq

Five US soldiers have been killed in combat in Iraq's volatile Anbar province.

The US military said the four soldiers and one Marine died on Saturday "from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in al-Anbar province".

The deaths capped off the deadliest day for US forces in two years.

Up to 19 soldiers were killed - 12 in a helicopter crash, five in clashes with gunmen in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, and two in separate incidents.

Elsewhere a British soldier, who was serving with 2nd Battalion The Light Infantry, as part of a unit attached to 1st Battalion the Staffordshire Regiment, has also been killed after a roadside bomb struck his patrol vehicle in southern Iraq.

Four soldiers were also injured, one seriously, in the incident which took place in the northern part of Basra.

The dead soldier has not been named.

They were travelling in a Warrior armoured personnel carrier patrol in the north of the city and it is unclear whether the casualties were dismounted at the time of the attack.

The patrol was carrying out routine duties when a suspected roadside bomb detonated.

They were travelling on the outskirts of the northern part of the city near the districts of Al Hadi and Al Jezaizah.

The death brings the number of UK service personnel who have died since the start of hostilities in early 2003 to 130.

RIP Fellas
And a real rough day for Dubya's "splurge."

An Army Unit is being moved from A Stan to Baghdad.

WH Chief Manipulator of Public Opinion ... :

...Tony Snow denied that Bush is moving U.S. troops from Afghanistan to Iraq.

"That's just not the case," he told a news briefing. "There will not be any direct move [of] just shipping people from one theater of battle to the other."

This at a time when the Taliban is waiting for the snow to melt so they can step up their offensives.

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