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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Small towns across the country are struggling through losses because of the Iraq War. A new report from the Associated Press shows that nearly half of all men and women killed in Iraq come from communities with fewer than 25,000 people.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

One of every five troops killed came from hometowns of less than 5,000. These are communities likeā€¦

MONTAGNE: Glendive, Montana.

INSKEEP: Barnwell, South Carolina.

MONTAGNE: Caledonia, Mississippi.

INSKEEP: And Clinton, Ohio.

MONTAGNE: Many of these small communities are also poor. This new report shows nearly three-quarters of those killed in Iraq come from towns where per capita income is below the national average.

INSKEEP: Chuck Bevington of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, whose brother died in Iraq, told the AP that small towns are hit hard by these deaths because they're so tightly knit. And he said even strangers come up and hug his mother.

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