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June 21, 2007

The Killing Fields of Iraq

Within a time span of 48 hours, 14 U.S. soldiers have lost their lifes in Iraq. Three of the five deadly attacks were caused by road side bombs (Bowely, Ny Times). The fighting spread to an area near Kiruk, which is north of Baghdad. Five soldiers were killed today by a powerful roadside bomb. A Iraq interpreter and three civilians were also killed.

During combat in a province named named Anbar, two marines were killed. Another soldier was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his military vehicle. Four soldiers were killed in Western Baghdad by a roadside bomb. so far 3,500U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the strart of the war 2003. President Bush has sent over 20,000 more troops, which has said to have been the cause of the increase in voilence (Rubin, NY TImes).

The troops have been hard at work finding burried exploses and booby trapped houses. So far they have found 25 explosives and five houses that were booby-trapped with explosives. The soldiers have been equiped with satilite guided missles that strick the areas that have burried bombs. It has made a difference, but not all burried bombs have been found. There have been three explosions, which have taken the life of one American soldier and has wounded 12 others. With Bush putting the issue of a Iraq on a future president, a full U.S. pull out seems fare away.