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So Seven years after the US-led invasion into Iraq, and evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime was processing weapons of mass destruction.
AND had links with Al-Qaeda have yet to be found. Regardless, the war has cost the lives of thousands of US soldiers and Iraqis.
The American troop presence in the country reached a record high of 170,000 in 2007. Last year, US forces began pulling out of Iraqi cities in an effort to gradually end combat operations.
Since the war to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein began seven years ago, 44-hundred US soldiers have been killed.
The war has produced a great burden to the US government.
More than 700 billion US dollars has been spent funding the war.
The US Congress says in the next 10 years, the war-torn country will cost the US a further 400 to 800 billions US dollars.
Overall violence in Iraq dropped sharply since the height of sectarian warfare in 2006-2007, but the latest polls and the imminent US withdrawal fueled a new wave of bloodshed.
In a constant reminder of Iraq's fragility, two bombings and a drive-by shooting killed eight people in Baghdad on Monday.
Iraqi government figures show July was the deadliest month for Iraqis in more than two years.
With such attacks remaining a daily occurrence, questions persist about the readiness of Iraqi security forces to take over for Americans and overcome insurgency.
Iraqi politics are at an impasse, with factions unable to form a government months after the May 7th parliamentary elections.This has raised questions over political stability and security after U.S. troops' pullout.
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