4 U.S. troops killed in Iraq

From a Times Staff Writer

Three American soldiers were killed and three were wounded Tuesday by an explosion near their patrol in Iraq’s Diyala province, the U.S. military said.

In Nineveh province, another soldier was killed Tuesday in a vehicle accident, the military said. All four of the dead were with Task Force Lightning, but their names were not released pending notification of their families.

The latest deaths brought to 3,788 the number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq theater since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to