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— Four U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said Friday.

Britain's Defense Ministry announced Friday the death of British soldier killed two days earlier. It gave no details on where or how the soldier died.

The four Marines assigned to Multi National Force - West were killed Thursday in combat in Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province west of Baghdad that has seen a recent drop in violence, according to a statement.

Three Task Force Lightning soldiers also were killed Thursday when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in the northern Ninevah province, the military said separately.

The deaths raised to at least 3,760 members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The British soldier killed was a member of the Parachute Regiment, the Ministry of Defense said. News of the death had been kept secret for more than two days for security reasons, the ministry said.

A total of 169 British armed forces personnel or civilian employees of the military have died in Iraq during the war, according to the ministry.

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