Iraq casualties lowest since 2003


The number of U.S. soldiers killed in combat in Iraq has dropped sharply in July and the monthly total is likely to be the lowest since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2003.

Five U.S. soldiers have been killed in combat in Iraq so far in July compared to 66 in the same month last year, according to the independent website, which keeps records of U.S. military losses in the conflict.

The drop underscores the dramatic fall in violence in Iraq to lows not seen since early 2004.

Seeking to build on those gains, thousands of Iraqi security forces launched a major operation in northeastern Diyala province on Tuesday. Al Qaeda has sought to stoke tensions in religiously mixed Diyala, which lies close to Baghdad.


Come on Democrats admit you were dead wrong to vote against the surge 60 times last year. You have nominated a guy who got it just backwards and is trying to slip and blip his way out of admitting that he and the Democrats were wrong. Keep it up. It will do wonders for your credibility.


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