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Iraq’s cost: 4,376 American soldiers dead

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February 17, 2010

As of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at least 4,376 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,479 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

The AP count is three fewer than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 31,651 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department’s weekly tally.

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4 Responses to Iraq’s cost: 4,376 American soldiers dead

  1. Zengine

    February 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Very short sighted. The ‘cost’ doesn’t begin or end with American combat deaths.

    Whoever decided that this defines ‘Iraq’s Cost’ needs to be slapped with a brick.

  2. griff

    February 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Remember that these numbers are only troops that die on the battlefield. Those that die in the hospital later or en route are not counted in this tally. Estimates a year ago were around 20,000.

  3. Capitol Hill Blue

    February 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    “Whoever decided that this defines ‘Iraq’s Cost’ needs to be slapped with a brick.”

    You’re welcome to try. I eat breakfast every weekday morning at the Blue Ridge Restaurant at 113 East Main Street in Floyd, VA.

    Bring your brick and a good dental plan. You will need both.

  4. Zengine

    February 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Ya, it was metaphorical. Quit smoking yesterday. I apologise for the aggressive phraseology.