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Monday was the deadliest day so far in 2010 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, five American soldiers died in a bombing in the east and two in the country's southern region.

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Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as "human shields" by the Taliban and we shall say that we "deeply regret" innocent lives that were lost.

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April was the cruelest month in seven months in terms of the numbers of both civilians and US troops who lost their lives in Iraq A spate of deadly bombings on Wednesday killed four U soldiers, bringing the monthlong total of American dead to 50, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's crackdown on Shiite followers of Moqtada al-Sadr made for more intense violence, particularly in Basra and Sadr City, which contributed to a reported 969 Iraqi civilian deaths.

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Multiple bombs exploded across the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq Monday. The BBC reported that at least 85 people were killed and more than 180 wounded. The deadliest of the bombs was detonated near the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, leaving a 30-foot crater.

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In New York and Jalalabad, human life is valued differently by the U.S. government. A loved one lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack was worth about $1.8 million, according to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The life of a 16-year-old Afghan girl is set, by tragic contrast, at $2,000.

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That's the stunning new count of Iraqis killed in the war, according to that country's health minister -- a figure three times higher than previous Iraqi estimates.

  • The minister based his tally on an estimate of 100 bodies arriving at Iraq's morgues and hospitals every day. He dismissed as inaccurate the widely touted claim of 655,000 Iraqi dead, made by a British medical journal.
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