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Fight to clear Baghdad of insurgents gets fiercer

American casualties in Iraq are mounting as U.S. and Iraqi forces have stepped up a block-by-block battle to loosen the grip of militia violence on Baghdad. At least 19 American soldiers have been killed in combat since Saturday, many of them in the capital, according to the Defense Department. “This has been a hard week for U.S. forces,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq. “We are all looking at that and are very much aware of it.” Full Story

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