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NEWS DAY | War Reports | July 21, 2009
United States U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the army will add 22,000 troops, increasing its size from 547,000 to 569,000, reports the New York Times. Gates attributed the need for more active duty soldiers to the pressures of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are approximately 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 60,000 in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Four U.S. soldiers werekilled by a roadside bomb in eastern Afganistan, reports BBC. The July death toll for allied troops was the highest since the war began in 2001.
Somalia Al-Shabab has banned the U.N. from the southern towns of Baidoa and Wajid, which it controls, according to the BBC:
Members of al-Shabab also raided the offices of the UN Political Office for Somalia, the Development Programme and the Department of Safety and Security.
Al-Shabab accused the agencies of being enemies of Islam and Somali Muslims.
Iraq Ten people were killed in Iraq on July 20, reports the New York Times Eight of those killed were shot down in seven separate attacks in Mosul and two were killed by a bomb in Ramadi. The attacks targeted police, but some civilians were among the dead.
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