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Many U.S. blacks have rejected joining the American military largely because of the Iraq war, resulting in a sharp drop in black recruitment figures since the conflict began in March 2003, a news report said Wednesday.
The share of blacks among active-duty recruits declined to 13 percent in 2006 from 20 percent in 2001, the last year before the invasion of Iraq began to seem inevitable, a report published by The New York Times said, citing Defense Department statistics.