BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two British soldiers were killed and a third was seriously wounded Monday north of Basra, the British military said.
The soldiers were killed when their patrol in Ad Dayr was hit by a roadside bomb, British military spokesman Maj. Charlie Burbridge said from Basra. Their identities were withheld pending notification of their families.
Around 7,200 British troops are based in Iraq, and more than 110 have died there since the 2003 invasion.
British Defense Ministry officials in London have said British forces could be cut from their current level to between 3,000 and 4,000 by mid-2007.
British officials have repeatedly spoken of handing over control to Iraqi forces in 2007.