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U.S. combat deaths hit new low in November

We seem to have won the wars on all fronts! Congratulations to our Commander and Chief and our brave troops around the world!

U.S. combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan last month dropped to the lowest combined level since the United States began fighting the two wars more than five years ago.

Eleven American servicemembers died in combat in the conflicts in November. Seven others died in non-hostile incidents. The highest monthly total for combat deaths in both wars was 129 in November 2004.

Security in Iraq has improved dramatically over the past year, despite a number of high-profile bombing against civilian targets in recent weeks.

"If you look at the numbers of (Iraq) attacks overall, they are much, much lower than they have ever been since … 2003," Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the No. 2 ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, told reporters Wednesday in Baghdad.

Afghanistan is a more complicated picture. There was only one U.S. combat death in November, the lowest level since February. However, 11 other coalition troops died there last month.

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How many Iraqis died? How many car bombs went off in Iraq last week?

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