April death toll for US troops in Iraq reaches 69

The death of an American soldier in Iraq on Thursday brought the number of US troops who have died in April in Iraq to at least 69. Although that figure is well below some of the bloodiest months of the Iraq conflict, it marks a sharp increase over March, when 31 American service members were killed. January's death toll stood at 62 and February's at 55. In December 2005, 68 Americans died.