Iraq: American soldier killed in vehicle explosion

A US soldier was killed in a vehicle explosion during a recovery operation west of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday. The soldier died of injuries sustained in the blast Monday during a vehicle recovery operation in Anbar province, a former insurgent stronghold that has seen a recent drop in violence, according to a statement. Two other service members were wounded and transported to a US military medical facility for treatment, it said. The brief statement gave no further details, saying the incident was under investigation. The death raised to at least 3,883 members of the US military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.