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BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. soldier was killed Sunday and two others wounded in a bombing in central Iraq, the military said.

The soldier was killed when a homemade bomb exploded near Balad, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the military said in a brief statement from Tikrit.

The two wounded soldiers were taken to a military medical facility, the military said. No additional details on their condition were provided.

The deceased soldier was assigned to Task Force Liberty. The soldier's name was withheld pending notification of kin.

As of Saturday, July 16, 2005, at least 1,765 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,359 died as a result of hostile action. The figures include five military civilians.

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