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Attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq increase

Attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq have escalated over the past several months, and insurgents are now launching an average of 17 assaults a day against patrols, convoys and bases, an analysis of coalition security reports shows. The data also show insurgents are using more sophisticated tactics and weapons. There were few attacks against coalition forces immediately after Baghdad fell in April. But by early summer, the Army said attacks were averaging about a dozen per day. In September, the number of attacks exceeded 20 on some days.The attacks are killing an average of three to six American troops per week. “The enemy has evolved,” Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, said Thursday in Baghdad. “It is a little bit more lethal, little bit more complex, little bit more sophisticated and in some cases a little bit more tenacious.” Sanchez said coalition forces need to be prepared for more casualties and a long stay in Iraq. Full Story

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