Monday, March 16, 2009

Iraq Anniversary II - A Few Numbers

Three days short of the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003.

Put another way, this March 19 begins the seventh year of the Iraq war.

In the interval, 4, 259 U.S. military, 179 UK military, and 139 other soldiers from coalition countries have been killed or otherwise lost their lives for a total of 4,577.

Iraqi security forces and reported Iraqi civilians killed in a single month last rose above 500 in May 2008 and above 1,000 in August 2007. The worst year for U.S. fatalities was 2007 wghen 904 U.S.militarypersonnel were killed.

Just think: all U.S. troops are to be out of Iraq in 33 more months. That's almost three more anniversaries after this year.

How many more Iraqi and U.S. deaths we can only guess. (Just about everyoneelse has left.)-


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