The five car-bombs that killed 127 persons and wounded hundreds more in Baghdad this week made two aspects of the continuing mission in Iraq very clear:
Since U.S. troops pulled back in June, 17 Americans have been killed by hostile action. While each of those lost lives is a tragedy, together they represent a low point for U.S. deaths inside Iraq. In October and November, despite several large-scale attacks against Iraqi citizens, a total of four U.S. service personnel died from enemy fire. Thus far in December, no Americans have been killed in Iraq.
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