UPDATE: Six More Killed in Iraq — U.S. Deaths Now Top 9/11 Toll

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By: E&P Staff

At least six more American serviceman died from combat wounds in western Iraq and Baghdad on Monday and Tuesday, the military said, pushing the U.S. death toll since the war began closer to the number who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In December, nearly 90 American troops have been killed. At the current rate, the number of U.S. combat deaths this month could meet or exceed the previous monthly record for 2006.

At least 2,978 American troops have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 — or five more than the commonly accepted U.S. death toll on Sept. 11, 2001.

Three Americans were killed by roadside bombs on Tuesday after three deaths on Christmas Day. The month’s toll may top the record for the year before December ends.

Thirty-two journalists have been killed in Iraq this year, the high for any country in recent years.

An estimated 100,000 to more than half a million Iraqis have perished since the war began.

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