soldier walks with Iraqi child - DOD photoAugust was the first month since the US-led invasion in 2003 that no US soldiers were killed in Iraq.

US Col Douglas Crissman said it showed how far Iraqi security forces had come.

US Major Angela Funaro was quoted as saying: “There were two other months on record – December 2009 and 0ctober 2010 – when the US Forces had no hostile deaths, but at least one non-combat-related death (which includes accident or illness).”

The 48,000 remaining US troops in Iraq will withdraw at the end of the year.

(READ the story from the BBC)

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