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An American soldier was killed by a rocket strike near Basra today, in the first US fatality since the last combat troops left Iraq.
Iraqi officials say July was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years.
Government figures released by Iraqi's Health, Defense and Interior ministries late Saturday show 535 people were killed across the country in July, while nearly 1,043 people were wounded.
The July death toll in Iraq is the highest since May 2008, when 563 people were killed.
The private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, long plagued by accusations of impropriety, has reached an agreement with the State Department for the company to pay $42 million in fines for hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations.
The violations included illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers, according to company and government officials familiar with the deal.