BAGHDAD - A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol near the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniyah, the US military announced on Monday.

The soldier was killed on Friday night while conducting a "combat logistics patrol", the statement said.

The latest casualty brings the number of US military personnel killed since the US invasion to 2,489, according to an AFP count based on Pentagon figures.

06/12/2006 18:28 GMT

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