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British soldier dies in Iraq

A British soldier died in Iraq on Thursday due to a gunshot wound to the head, though no enemy forces were involved, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, without elaborating.

The soldier was serving with 9 Regiment regiment

In most armies, a body of troops headed by a colonel and divided into companies, battalions, or squadrons. French cavalry units were called regiments as early as 1558. In early U.S.
 Army Air Corps in southern Iraq, where Britain's remaining 4,100 troops in the country are based.

"At approximately 9:00 am local time (0600 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) See UTC.

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) a report was received of a soldier who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head," the MoD said in a statement.

"Immediate medical assistance was provided, but sadly the soldier was declared dead at the scene.

"No enemy forces were involved. The incident is the subject of an ongoing investigation. There is no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved in the incident."

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 have been informed.

The death brings to 177 the number of British soldiers who have died in the Iraq mission since the start of operations in March 2003.

Of these, 136 were killed as a result of hostile action.

The remaining 41 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned as·sign  
tr.v. as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
1. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.

 a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation.

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An exchange of gunfire, as between infantry units.
 in March in the main southern city of Basra.

British troops are based at an air station outside the oil port city, where they are training up local forces.
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