- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) - A roadside bomb killed an American soldier north of Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military said _ the sixth U.S. combat death in the last three days.

The Easter Sunday bombing reflected still-persistent dangers across Iraq, despite a sharp drop in U.S. battle deaths since 2007.

A U.S. statement said the soldier, assigned to Multi-National Division _ North, was mortally wounded in a roadside bombing in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. No further details were released.

Five U.S. soldiers were killed Friday in a suicide truck bombing in the northern city of Mosul. It was the biggest loss of U.S. life in a single blast in more than a year.

At least 4,272 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Also Sunday, Iraq’s dwindling Christian community celebrated Easter services, taking advantage of the improved security in Baghdad and other parts of the country.

About 200 Iraqi Christians packed the Virgin Mary Church in Baghdad’s Karradah district to attend Easter mass. At the U.S. military base Camp Victory just outside the Iraqi capital, American troops also attended an Easter service.

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