Recruitment costs rise 25% for Army, Marines in 2008

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One of the “hidden costs” of the war discussed in the book is the increased cost of recruiting troops. Despite the lower levels of fatalities for US troops in Iraq during the past year, the Army and Marine corps increased the cost of recruiting new soldiers and Marines by 25% this year. This includes $640 million in additional recruitment bonuses.

New outbreak of Cholera in Iraq

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The Ministry of Health in Iraq has confirmed 327 new cases of cholera since August 20th, 2008. The outbreak has reached nine provinces, including Baghdad, Basra, Karbala, Najaf, Diyala, Anbar, Babil, Diwaniya and Maysan. Dozens of new suspected cases are being investigated throughout the country.

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