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Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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US in Iraq: Key statistics

  • 4,477: Total US military killed during the war in Iraq
  • 13: Total US Department of Defense civilian contractors killed in Iraq
  • 32,239: Total US military wounded in Iraq
  • 1,115,187: Total number of individuals deployed to Iraq since 2003
  • 2,420,798: Total number of deployments to Iraq since 2003 since people deployed multiple times
  • 200 (approx): US military personnel currently in Iraq - about half are security guards who protect the Embassy and conduct other security missions and half are advisers assigned to the Office of Security Cooperation Iraq
  • 166,300: Military service members in Iraq at the height the war in October 2007.

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