|The Iraq War. The gift from George Bush that just keeps giving.|
Fifteen American soldiers have been killed in June, 14 of them in hostile incidents. According to icasualties.org, an online database, this was the highest number of combat fatalities since June 2008, when 23 soldiers and Marines were killed.
The biggest attack came on June 6, when militants fired rockets at Camp Loyalty in Baghdad, killing six soldiers. Kataib Hezbollah, a militia that American officials believe is supported by Iran, claimed responsibility for that attack.
The casualties are particularly striking given the diminishing numbers of American forces and their reduced combat role. Fewer than 50,000 troops remain, compared with more than 160,000 at the height of the war.
Three more American soldiers were killed this week.
The deaths occurred Wednesday in southern Iraq. A military spokesman confirmed that the soldiers were killed by enemy attack. Recently, the increase in casualties has been attributed to rocket or mortar attacks on American bases by Shiite militias. American convoys have also come under increasing threat from improvised explosive devices.
Militants have stepped up their attacks, the military said, so as to claim credit for pushing out the American forces, who are to withdraw by the end of the year.
Defend our Borders
A radical thought. Bring our brave troops home to seal and defend our wide open borders. While our politicians play war with the lives of our troops literally millions and millions of people, from drug lords to terrorists, just walk into the United States when they feel like it.
Our military exists to defend the United States. Period. We are not defended when our troops are sent thousands of miles away from home to "secure" the borders of other nations.
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