April 30, 2007 -- The Count
Tomorrow is the fourth anniversary of the “mission accomplished” announcement – the end of major combat operations in Iraq as proclaimed by President Bush and the end of major combat in Afghanistan as announced by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
In the first 6 weeks of the Iraqi operation, 139 U.S. troops died.
In the ensuing 4 years, 3,212 more U.S. troops have died, more than 24,000 have been wounded, and two remain missing.
U.S. fatalities totaled 104, making April 2007 the deadliest month so far this year and the sixth most deadly month for U.S. troops .
Total U.S. fatalities since March 2003 now stand at 3,351.
The 3,000th U.S. fatality occurred December 31, 2006. The most recent time frame over which U.S. fatalities rose by 500 was 6 months and 2 weeks – from June 15 to December 31, 2006. With 351 deaths since the last “milestone,” with two-thirds of the current 6 month period gone, the fatality rate stands at 70.2% of 500. Translated, at the rate of current casualties, the 3,500th fatality will come in less than 6 months.
UK fatalities in the Iraq war total 146; all other allies have lost 125 killed.
Iraqi security forces killed: 155
Iraqi civilians killed (preliminary): 1,403
Since January 2005, at least 5, 245 Iraqi security personnel have been killed in violence.
A very conservative count of Iraqi civilian deaths in the last 26 months is 28,413
In Afghanistan, U.S. fatalities in 2007 so far are 27, with a total of 384 U.S. fatalities since October 7, 2001.
Coalition casualties this year are 23 and overall stand at 182.
Afghan civilian and security force killed are unknown.
The killing continues.
And the monetary costs keep rising, although a “temporary” hiatus will occur Wednesday when President Bush is expected to veto the latest bill to fund the war.
The dead will not notice.