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As President George W. Bush continues to claim success in his failed Iraq war, the death toll of Americans dying in that “success” continues to increase.
Eight Americans, along with a British soldier, died Saturday — bringing the four-day death toll for U.S. servicemen to 25 (including one death the Pentagon called a “non-battle” related casualty).
Yet with American military deaths rising at alarming rates, the Bush White House still preaches the fallacy that the “troop surge” in Iraq is working.
In fact, violence in that civil-war ravaged nation spirals out of control and American men and women die for nothing.
Reports the New York Times:
Eight American servicemen and one British soldier were reported today to have been killed in Iraq, bringing the four-day death toll to at least 25 as insurgents continue to use huge roadside bombs to rip through combat vehicles.
The deadliest attack killed four American soldiers in combat operations today at an undisclosed location northwest of Baghdad. Insurgents detonated a roadside bomb near the soldiersâ€™ vehicle. An Iraqi working as an interpreter for the Americans was also wounded.
Though the military did not specify the location of the attack, American forces have been stepping up patrols and other operations in the area immediately northwest of here as part of new offensives to try to bring some control to the insurgent-dominated â€œbeltsâ€ around the capital. The area northwest of Baghdad has recently been left largely untouched, American officials say, allowing Sunni militants to use the sparsely populated area as a sanctuary.
Another attack by insurgents â€” this one a coordinated operation using rifles and at least one bomb â€” led to the deaths of two American soldiers in eastern Baghdad early today. The soldiers first were attacked with a roadside bomb, then they were fired upon by gunmen, the military said. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.
Another American soldier died from a â€œnonbattle related causeâ€ today. No other details were provided by the military, which said the death was under investigation. An American airman also was killed in Tikrit today when an improvised bomb exploded near his vehicle.