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A Closer Look At U.S. Combat Deaths In 201705:49
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U.S. military honor guards carry the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on Oct. 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
U.S. military honor guards carry the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on Oct. 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The number of U.S. troops killed in action this year is far less than at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But where some of these combat deaths happened tells us something about the current state of the American military.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with BuzzFeed national security reporter Vera Bergengruen (@verambergen).

This segment aired on December 29, 2017.

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