More than 400 people have been killed in fighting over the last month between Shia militias and US and Iraqi forces, hospital officials in Baghdad say.
The fighting has been concentrated in the capital's eastern district of Sadr City, a stronghold of the Mehdi Army militia of the cleric, Moqtada Sadr.
Five US soldiers have been killed in fighting in Baghdad since Tuesday.
April has been the most lethal month for US troops in Iraq, with 49 deaths, since September, when 65 soldiers died.
The US military said two soldiers were killed on Wednesday afternoon in southern Baghdad when a bomb exploded near their patrol. A third was killed by a roadside bombing overnight in the north.
Two US soldiers were killed in the north-west of the city on Tuesday evening in separate attacks. The first died when he came under small-arms fire, while the other was killed by a roadside bomb.
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