http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=36682 U.S. Combat Deaths in Iraq Down 86 Percent from Last September Wednesday, October 01, 2008 By Kevin Mooney, Staff Writer (CNSNews.com) - U.S. monthly combat casualties are down 86 percent from where they were a year ago for September, making it one of the least deadly months since the war began, according to a CNSNews.com analysis of U.S. Defense Department data leading up to Sept. 30. Combat casualties are down not just from where they were last year, but have also fallen from where they were in the prior month. There were six combat deaths in September compared with 43 last year, and there were 13 combat deaths in August 2008. SNIP U.S. soldiers were more likely to die in non-combat incidents, such as vehicular accidents, helicopter crashes, illness and other non-hostile incidents than they were from enemy action over the past few weeks.