An American soldier was killed near the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military said in a brief statement on Saturday. The soldier, who was not identified, was killed on Friday, the statement said, without giving further details. The latest death brings to 4,398 the number of American troops who have died since the March 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein, according to a foreign news ageny tally based on the independent website