(AFP) – Jul 31, 2008
BAGHDAD (AFP) — Eleven US soldiers were killed in Iraq in July, the lowest monthly toll since the US-led invasion of 2003, according to figures provided by the Pentagon.
The deadliest month was in November 2004, when 137 American troops were killed, an independent toll by icasualties.org showed. The previous low was in May when 19 soldiers were killed.
Iraq has seen a downward trend in violence since the middle of last year, although bloodshed spiked in March and April during clashes between Shiite militiamen and coalition security forces.
Since the US-led invasion, a total of 4,125 US troops have been killed in Iraq, according icasualties.org.
The US military has said that the overall level of violence across Iraq -- where about 142,500 US troops are currently stationed -- hit a four-year low.
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