In the most violent attack against U.S. troops stationed in Iraq in more than two years, five U.S. service members were killed early today in Baghdad's Baladiyat district. Their identities were being withheld pending notification of kin.
A senior Iraqi security official said the Americans were killed when militants fired rockets into Loyalty Camp in central Iraq, next to Sadr City. The attack came shortly after a suicide bomber detonated a car targeting Iraqi security forces in the central city of Tikrit.
Approximately 1,500 soldiers from the Idaho Army National Guard are stationed at or near Camp Taji, north of Baghdad. They're part of the 116th Cavalry Brigade, which also includes 600 Montana Army National Guard and 600 Oregon Army National Guard members. They're expected to remain in Iraq until at least September. Around 47,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq are due to leave by the end of 2011.