July 1, 2009

[efoods]The number of civilians killed in Iraq jumped to 373 in June, the Health Ministry said, up from a record low of 134 in May because of a spate of deadly bombings in Baghdad and northern Iraq.

The number of U.S. troops killed in combat fell marginally to 10, from 12 in May, according to website, which collates official data.

U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from Iraq’s cities on Tuesday, raising fears militants will try to exploit a security gap to step up attacks. U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are up to the challenge and will be helped by U.S. troops trying to disrupt the movements of members of militant networks.

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