Two U.S. troops killed in Iraq.

Two U.S. service members were killed Monday during operations in…

Two U.S. service members were killed Monday during operations in southern Iraq, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

There were no further details about the incident, and their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Violence has dropped dramatically in recent years in Iraq. Under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, which set a timetable to withdraw American forces, U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by Jan. 1, 2012.

However, U.S. troops have increasingly been targeted by roadside bombings and mortar attacks, largely in Baghdad and southern Iraq — a Shiite stronghold.

Source: CNN

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