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U.S. Combat Fatalities in Iraq Surge Suddenly

After a period of weeks in which the number of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq had been decreasing, a spate of bombings over the last five days has killed nine troops, including a National Guard soldier who had just arrived in the country. It was too early to tell if the attacks since Wednesday signaled a trend. In recent months, the pace of American combat fatalities has diminished — although there have been several massive bombings directed against Iraqi police and Shiite pilgrims. According to Pentagon reports, 47 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq in January, slightly more than the 40 recorded in December but far less than the 82 recorded in November. The figure fell to 20 deaths in February. Full Story

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