3 British troops killed in Iraq

Three British soldiers sent to provide cover for U.S. troops in Iraq and a civilian translator have been killed in an attack, according to the government.

Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram announced the news to the House of Commons on Thursday.

The three were among the 850 Black Watch Regiment members deployed from Basra to south of Baghdad, a move made to free up U.S. Marines planning operations against militants in Falluja and other cities.

The defense ministry said Thursday’s attack also injured several others — thought to number eight, but the figure has not been confirmed. The translator is believed to have been an Iraqi national.

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