March 14th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

U.S. soldier killed in first combat-related death in March

A U.S. soldier was killed during an attack on his base Saturday, the first combat-related death of an American service member this month, according to the U.S. military.

Two other U.S. soldiers were wounded in Saturday's incident, when their base in central Iraq's Diyala province came under an "indirect fire attack," the military said.

Indirect fire attack is a military term that describes a mortar or rocket attack.

The wounded soldiers are in stable condition, the military said.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending family notification.

The attack is under investigation, the military said.

Since the start of the year, 14 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq, according to CNN's count. The deaths of two U.S. soldiers in a vehicle accident earlier in March were not combat-related, the military said.

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