3,591 American soldiers dead in Iraq

As of Thursday, July 5, 2007, at least 3,591 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,951 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

The AP count is four higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT.

The British military has reported 156 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, one death each.


The latest deaths reported by the military:

• Two soldiers were killed Thursday when an explosive-formed projectile detonated near their patrol in south Baghdad.


The latest identifications reported by the military:

• Army Pfc. Andrew T. Engstrom, 22, Slaton, Texas, died Wednesday in Taji from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident.

• Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott A.M. Oswell, 33, Washington, died Wednesday in Mosul of wounds suffered when his helicopter struck a power line; assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry, Fort Lewis, Wash.

• Army Pfc. Steven A. Davis, 23, Woodbridge, Va., died Wednesday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with grenades; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

• Army 1st Lt. Christopher N. Rutherford, 25, Newport, Ohio, died Monday near Balad of wounds suffered when an explosive detonated near his vehicle; assigned to the Forward Support Group, 19th Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox, Ky.

Two Marines were killed Sunday from a non-combat related boat accident in the Euphrates River off the shore of Anbar province. Both were assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Killed were:

• Marine Lance Cpl. William C. Chambers, 20, of Ringgold, Ga.

• Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Tinnel, 20, of Mechanicsville, Va.


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  1. geyser

    Nobody signed the entry, who are we to thank for this update on the War Dead? Is this to be a regular Blog on CBH? I just found it odd that this was part of today’s issue.
    It did give me an idea. Since there are no public demonstations to end the war, there is a feeling of apathy in the Country. Nothing so far has moved bush to end the war and bring our military home, perhaps every Liberal Daily Newspaper should make the count the Headline each day. It is possible that the 70% of Americans that want the war to end, will get more active, to make it happen, sooner rather then later. Also, the names and State of the fallen should be listed.
    I think it would make people feel more involved with the war, make it more real to them.
    More then likely if a Newspaper does list the number of dead, it is buried some where in their Newspaper, the meaning gets lost among the advertisements. Just a thought I decided to throw out here.

    The only reason I wrote, “Every Liberal Daily Newspaper” was to see, if the Newspapers decide to do this, we will know which Newspapers consider themselves Liberal. A staunch Conservative publication wouldn’t dare use their Headline to the dead in Iraq.

    Taking One Day at a Time

  2. mojibyrd

    And the real # is……

    Can someone actually give us a true count of the lives lost as we know the ‘official’ numbers are inaccurate on purpose as we cannot be led to believe that military personnel are actually dying over the war for oil program now can we….perhaps a website should be started so that all the friends and family can list names/pictures of all those lost so we can get a true count, cause we know the military certainly is holding back…not too mention all those coming home wounded physically and/or phsychologically and dare we even consider all the blackwater gang that are in iraq as well?

    Impeach Bush Now

  3. Sandra Price

    Will these new numbers even flag the reason we are at war at all? Has this action in the Middle East opened up any discussion of why a Christian America is killing Middle Eastern Muslims?

    We are told it was Muslims who attacked us on 9/11 and being newly certified as a Christian nation, was it not the duty of our Government to renew the Crusades yet again?

    From the day the Christian Coalition moved into the GOP, our focus as Americans changed and our Constitution was considered “quaint” and in need of change. Did we not elect Governor Bush of Texas to lead America as a born-again Christian, with the voters ignoring the basis of American freedoms?

    We are simply financing a War of the Gods and America is not winning.

    We cannot get out of this war in the Middle East until we regain the power and authority of our Constitution. It will be nearly impossible as the American voters are frankly not familiar with our natural freedoms and believe our rights come from the Christian God. This puts us in a fighting mode and it will destroy America.

    There is nothing wrong with freedom for freedom’s sake opening them up for all American people. We lost this under a tragic misinterpretation where we get our rights. So we must prepare for ongoing wars with other Gods in other nations until our world is over.

    It is the same old story of sacrificing humans to the Gods and today we saw the loss of a total 3591 human lives just in Iraq! In our fight against the Muslim God we could lose the entire nation.

    For some reason our government is willing to continue this war until another party under the millions of voters who say “ENOUGH” will pull us back to protecting our own borders. Do we have the voters ready to do it? Not if they vote according to their Ministers!

    The human element is missing in America and we need it back.

  4. kent shaw

    “For some reason our government is willing to continue this war until another party under the millions of voters who say “ENOUGH” will pull us back to protecting our own borders.”

    Unfortunately, that party won’t be the democratic party unless Kucinich or Gravel can get the nomination which is highly unlikely. Clintion or Obama, either one, will continue the occupation.

    We do not need a “department of homeland security”.
    That word, homeland, just makes me cringe. Our armed forces are our department of security. They should not be spread out over 130 countries and 700 bases. What other country does that besides the arrogant “exceptional” United States? BRING THEM HOME, guard the borders, patrol the seas within a 200 mile limit and disband “HOMELAND SECURITY”.

    And, you are right about the whole religious aspect.

    My imaginary supernatural being can whip your imaginary supernatural being’s butt, so I’m going to sacrifice as many of my country’s children as necessary to prove it to you.

    Aside: When I was in Bahrain, “home of the fifth fleet” some years back, one of the carriers came in for shore leave. Without exaggeration I can say that some of those kids, although all surely at least 18 years “old” literally looked like pre-adolescent children. Literally. And some of them appeared to be on the verge of tears. I know I was when I saw them. These are the people we are sacrificing to the gods of war, money, oil and power. Aw, hell, I guess as long as they are someone else’s kids, its alright.

  5. Electric Bill

    Kent Shaw makes an excellent comment in the last paragraph of his post about the condition of poor children in our oil rich allies. Oil wealth, mineral wealth,and other exploitable energy resources never guarantee a good standard of living for the citizens of the host country. Instead, they create corrupt monarchies as in most of the Middle East,or equally corrupt autocracies which skim the big bucks and leave the populace to starve. The monarchy in Saudi Arabia ranks in the top five most despotic regimes every year in Human Rights Watch’s Top Ten of Despots. Hell, you don’t even have to go to the Middle East to experience that in real time. Just come to Central Appalachia, eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, or southwestern Virginia, and see what the recent coal boom has done for the indigenous population. Mountains with the tops blown off them, houses with no potable drinking water, corrupt local governments paid for by King Coal, and a welfare based economy. Big energy is big trouble.

  6. kent shaw

    Electric Bill (what a great moniker), your comment speaks with more eloquence that I might ever muster.

    “Oil wealth, mineral wealth,and other exploitable energy resources never guarantee a good standard of living for the citizens of the host country.”

    And, when democratically elected Mossadegh, in Iran, in 1953, tried to nationalize his nations oil wealth, Britain who was at the time the major exploiter of Iranian oil wealth, objected, and the good old USA via its CIA managed a coup, installing the Shah with his evil SAVAK secret police.

    Regarding your remarks about coal and Appalachia, I thank goodness I live in Pennsylvania (quite a ways south of “the coal region”) whose oil was depleted decades ago. God help any people anywhere who happen to be living on top of oil deposits.

  7. LurkingFromTheLeft


    …we’ve yet to see a one of them welocmed home as they deserve –

    …if you don’t see the bodybag, it doesn’t exist and it didn’t really happen – eh?