Iraq war claims 9th U.S. Colonel.

The AP reports that Col. Stephen Scott “died Sunday during a mortar attack on facilities inside the protected Green Zone in Baghdad, which houses the U.S. Embassy. Only the ninth soldier of his rank to have been killed in the Iraq war, he is one of the conflict’s highest-ranking casualties.” Colonel “appears to be the highest rank of any U.S. military deaths in the Iraq war,” and “at least eight other Army or Army Reserve colonels have died in the now-5-year-old war.”