Iraq War Claims More than 3,500 U.S. Troops

The U.S. death toll in the Iraq war topped 3,500 in early June. May was one of the deadliest months of the war for U.S. troops, and a similar pace has continued in June. Casualties have risen, in part, because of a crackdown on sectarian violence throughout the country.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Across Pakistan's border, the war in Afghanistan continues. And this morning we have one of the numbers that measure the cost of the war. As of early this month, 333 American troops had died as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

This week in Iraq, a roadside bomb killed an American soldier, and with that explosion, among others, the American death toll in Iraq exceeded 3,500. The month of May was one of the deadliest of the war for U.S. troops and a similar pace has continued in June. American troops are deliberately opening themselves to higher risk of casualties as part of their effort to secure neighborhoods in Baghdad.

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