News: U.S. Toll in Iraq Hits 4,000

I try to keep things light around here but I think it’s important that the following story from Reuters is shared.

U.S. toll in Iraq hits 4,000 as four soldiers killed

By Ross Colvin

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reached 4,000 on Monday, days after the fifth anniversary of a war that President George W. Bush says the United States is on track to win.

The U.S. military said four soldiers were killed on Sunday when a roadside bomb, the biggest killer of American soldiers in Iraq, exploded near their vehicle in southern Baghdad.

One soldier was wounded in the attack, which brought the number of U.S. military deaths to 4,000 since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The deaths came on a day when the U.S.-protected “Green Zone”, the government and diplomatic compound in central Baghdad, was hit by repeated rocket and mortar fire, part of an upsurge in violence in the capital and elsewhere.

Sunday’s violence, in which dozens were killed, underscored the fragility of Iraq’s security. There has been an increase in attacks since January, although U.S. military commanders say overall levels of violence are down 60 percent since last June.

What impact the 4,000 milestone will have on a war-weary American public and the U.S. presidential campaign will be hard to assess in the short term, but war critics are likely to seize on it to boost their case for U.S. troops to be withdrawn.

“You regret every casualty, every loss,” U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said during a visit to Jerusalem. “It may have a psychological effect on the public, but it’s a tragedy that we live in a kind of world where that happens.”

The U.S. military dismisses such tolls as arbitrary markers.

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1 Response to News: U.S. Toll in Iraq Hits 4,000

  1. Mike Belgrove says:

    I’m a Soldier in the U.S. Army and when I heard news of the 4000 death mark I became sick to my stomach. I’m lucky enough to have been to Iraq and return home to my family but so many of my fellow Soldiers have not been as fortunate. And in my heart i feel like every one of those 4000 deaths our president is to be blamed for.

    I’ve opened up a discussion on my blog so I can talk to people and answer their questions and hopefully make people understand that not all military are supporting this war and that every one of those deaths was important and unneeded. I’d like it you’d stop by and toss in your two cents.

    I’m all for defending my country but U.S. did not need to be defended from Iraq.

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