No US Combat Deaths in Iraq Last Month

by Ryan on January 4, 2010

in The Iraq Front

That’s a pretty bold statement, but nonetheless a true one.  The US military lost zero soldiers in combat last month — an all-time low for a one-month period!  However, three soldiers did die of non-combat causes.  2009 itself was the most quiet year since 2004 on the casualty front.

Some of the reasons why we’re not losing as many troops are pretty obvious:  we’re out of the cities, we have less troops in Iraq (therefore less targets), and there has been an increased focus by the bad guys on local and Iraqi national targets instead (they’re learning that fighting the directly US means many of their own are going to die).  However, even local casualties are at historically low levels too.

Ultimately, all these facts and figures point to a successful endeavor in the Iraqi theater — a testament to our troops, their families, and the perseverance of military leaders like David Petraeus who have kept our on-the-ground strategy mostly the same since Bush left office.

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rightonoz January 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Wow Obama’s Iraq strategy must be working!

Sorry guy’s, just taking the p..s!

Of course any success is down to all the guys and girls at the sharp end, not anyone in Washington/London etc.


Sal January 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Agreed, we all owe the men and women of BOTH of our armed services our admiration and gratitude.


Mr. Blue January 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Absolutley right!


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