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Summary: In the year since the United States formally ended its combat mission in Iraq, 57 American troops have died there, with June 2011 the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008, with the death of 15 service members. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 18, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that a suicide bomber detonated nail-packed explosives strapped to his body among hundreds of army recruits, killing 61 and wounding 125, casting new doubt on the military capacity of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops began to head home.

Aug 19th, 2010

Summary: The last U.S. combat brigade in Iraq has crossed the border into Kuwait, bringing to a close the active combat phase for Americans of a 7½-year war that overthrew Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush, and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 19, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported the deadliest attack in Iraq since U.S. troops withdrew from urban centers at the end of June 2009 — and one of the deadliest of the war — with a wave of bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad killing nearly 100 and wounded approximately 1,000.