Two US soldiers were killed in fighting around Baghdad, the military reported Monday, raising the October death toll among US troops to 85.
Both soldiers were killed Sunday, one when his patrol was attacked by gunmen southwest of the capital and the other by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle in western Baghdad, the military said.
The names of the soldiers were being withheld pending notification of their families.
The number of troops killed in October is already the highest monthly toll this year, while the pace of US deaths could make the month the deadliest in two years.
In all, five soldiers were killed Sunday in Baghdad, underscoring the continued danger to US troops there despite the deployment of 12,000 additional US and Iraqi forces in a two-month-old security crackdown.