Five U.S. service members were killed Monday. The U.S. military did not say how or where the five died, but two unnamed Iraqi security officials told CNN the deaths occurred during an early morning mortar attack at a U.S. military base in southeastern Baghdad.
“The deaths are the single largest loss of life among U.S. troops in Iraq since 2009, and they come as Iraq debates whether to request U.S. troops stay beyond a January 1, 2012, deadline that requires 46,000 American forces out of the country,” read an article on CNN.com. The website said the U.S. military released the news of the attack in a written statement.
The names of the five have not been released, according to the military’s statement, to allow time for the notification of their next of kin.
“The deaths follow warnings by the U.S. military that attacks against American troops in Iraq by armed militias are on the rise, an attempt to demonstrate their power ahead of an anticipated U.S. withdrawal at the end of the year,” the article read.