In Iraq, youngest U.S. troops bore the heaviest toll

Flowers and flags decorate the gravesite of Army Spc. Justin W. Hebert, in Silvana, Wash., on Aug. 4, 2011. Hebert was 20 years old when he was killed in Iraq.


By Published: August 20, 2011

Nearly one-third of U.S. troops killed in Iraq were age 18 to 21, according to The Associated Press. Well over half of those were in the lower enlisted ranks, The Associated Press reported. 

The U.S. effort in Iraq has gone from near calamity to a surprising amount of success while remaining U.S. troops are now packing to leave, possibly for good, according to AP.

What remains to be seen is a firm judgment on the net benefit of the American sacrifice, the more than 4,400 dead, the tens of thousands injured and the untold numbers suffering unseen psychological wounds for years to come,  AP reported.





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