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Iraq, the unraveling (IX): 3 Americans dead in Doura

The news this morning that three U.S. soldiers and 12 Iraqis were killed by a roadside bomb in Doura hit especially hard because at CNAS lately I have been writing an introduction to a paper of how security was improved in that south Baghdad neighborhood in 2007-2008. It is an inspiring study of how to ...

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The news this morning that three U.S. soldiers and 12 Iraqis were killed by a roadside bomb in Doura hit especially hard because at CNAS lately I have been writing an introduction to a paper of how security was improved in that south Baghdad neighborhood in 2007-2008. It is an inspiring study of how to bring safety to a beleaguered civilian population, which makes it all the more disheartening to see those improvements erode.

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The news this morning that three U.S. soldiers and 12 Iraqis were killed by a roadside bomb in Doura hit especially hard because at CNAS lately I have been writing an introduction to a paper of how security was improved in that south Baghdad neighborhood in 2007-2008. It is an inspiring study of how to bring safety to a beleaguered civilian population, which makes it all the more disheartening to see those improvements erode.

John Moore/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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