Iraq War Claims Hundreds of U.S. Troops

More than 800 U.S. troops have lost their lives in Iraq from Feb. 1, when additional troops started arriving for the surge, through Dec. 21. The Department of Defense reports the death of another U.S. soldier in a suicide bombing. He died alongside five Iraqi civilians.

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And while the surge has brought down violence substantially in Baghdad, it's been costly for American servicemen and women. From the 1st of February, when additional troops started arriving for the surge through today, more than 800 Americans have lost their lives in Iraq. The Department of Defense today reported the death of another U.S. soldier in a suicide bombing. He died alongside five Iraqi civilians.

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