Strange as it is to see a silver lining in war casualty totals, there it is: The U.S. military’s 11 combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan in November were the fewest in one month since the Iraq war began 5½ years ago. The most came in November 2004, when 129 died in combat in the two conflicts. Though the improving security in Iraq is key to the decline, the situation is less clear in Afghanistan, where the U.S. military saw one combat death last month but there were 11 other combat deaths among coalition forces.
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