The latest killing brings the number of US soldiers killed since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations on 1 May to 58.

Another assault on US soldiers took place at 2000 local time (1600 GMT) on 12 August near Mosul, northern Iraq. Several US soldiers were injured when rocket-propelled grenades were fired at a US army vehicle. No one was killed.

At present there are about 12 strikes a day against US soldiers, according to coalition sources (MEED 11:8:03).