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About 21,000 American soldiers, most of them from units sent to Iraq, have been treated at the biggest U.S. military hospital outside the United States since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, the hospital said Monday.

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany handles many U.S. combat casualties, but it did not break down the figure into battlefield and noncombat patients. Landstuhl doctors treated 17,878 U.S. soldiers from Iraq and 3,085 from Afghanistan through Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The patients were treated for anything from gunshot wounds to noncombat ailments such as kidney stones, she said.

Since the end of the Cold War, Landstuhl has treated victims of war and terrorism, including those wounded in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen, and in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

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