US officials announced on 29 October that the post-war death toll in Iraq had risen above the number of troops killed during the war to topple Saddam Hussein's regime. The news came after two soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near to their vehicle north of Baghdad. Their deaths bring to 116 the number of US servicemen killed in the country since US President Bush called an end to major combat operations on 1 May.
Seven Ukrainian soldiers were also injured on 29 October in an attack on their armoured personnel carrier in central Iraq. This was the first incident against the multinational peacekeeping force in the central region. There are on average 33 attacks a day against coalition troops in the country, a figure that is rising steadily.