BAGHDAD - Two US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in separate incidents in Iraq on Monday, the American military said, as battles against Shiite militiamen in Baghdad continued to take a heavy toll.
One soldier died of wounds sustained when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb while on combat patrol in northeastern Baghdad around 4:45 pm (1345 GMT) Monday, a US military statement said.
The military earlier in the day announced the death of another soldier, also by a roadside bomb, in the central province of Salaheddin.
The latest deaths have pushed the toll for the first half of April to 24, marking the bloodiest fortnight for the US military so far this year.
The toll is more than the 23 killed in the entire month of December last year.
At least 14 of those killed this month have died in Baghdad, where US and Iraqi forces are fighting Shiite militiamen they say are breaking the law by carrying weapons in public.
Most of the fighting has been focused in Sadr City, eastern Baghdad bastion of the Mahdi Army militia of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
The latest deaths bring the military's losses in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion to 4,036, according to a tally based on the website www.icasualties.org.