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U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Worst in a Year

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Posted on Oct 26, 2006

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The number of American troops killed in Iraq in October reached the highest monthly total in a year Thursday after four Marines and a sailor died of wounds suffered while fighting in the same Sunni insurgent stronghold.

The U.S. military said 96 U.S. troops have died so far in October, the most in one month since October 2005, when the same number was killed. The spike in deaths has been a major factor behind rising anti-war sentiment in the United States, fueling calls for President Bush to change tactics.

In other violence, 12 police officers were killed in fighting with suspected militia gunmen in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad, officials said. Eighteen militants also were killed.

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By Kathlyn, October 26, 2006 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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Just what, exactly, are U.S. forces doing in Iraq - aside from getting maimed and killed by roadside bombs, or aside from attacking isolated families?
They are not “keeping peace” nor are they promoting law and order as many many thousands of Iraqis are massacred daily. 

Why are U.S. forces in Iraq?

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