War Is Still Deadly for Those Near It

The news about fewer troop deaths has been a blessing in recent months with the surge taking charge of Iraq.

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The news about fewer troop deaths has been a blessing in recent months with the surge taking charge of Iraq. But, as the National Counterterrorism Center grimly tells us, war is still hell. The center's database reveals new figures on the Iraqi death toll, and they're not good. In the first nine months of 2007, at least 11,919, mostly civilians, were killed in terrorist incidents, and almost all those killed were Iraqis. NCTC's numbers also paint a staggering overall picture of the war's toll, logging 36,501 deaths from 2004 through Sept. 30, 2007. And that's not including combat deaths or those killed in sectarian violence.