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Iraqi Insurgency Is as Lethal as Ever Since Hussein's Capture

Nearly two months after the capture of Saddam Hussein, the casualty rate among U.S. soldiers and Iraqis in insurgent attacks has accelerated, and much of this nation’s Sunni Muslim heartland remains a perilous zone of conflict — with bouts of violence also striking the Kurdish north and the Shiite south. The most recent spate of bloodshed includes bombings last weekend in the northern cities of Irbil and Mosul as well as last month’s suicide attack outside the main U.S. compound in Baghdad, blasts that claimed well over 100 lives. Iraqi security forces, civilians and others deemed collaborators are now the major targets, and although attacks on U.S. troops have diminished in number, they remain lethal: 45 soldiers were killed in January, according to unofficial tallies, compared with 40 in December. Full Story

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