American death toll in Iraq tops 4,000

The American invasion of Iraq reached a deadly milestone Sunday as the U.S. soldiers death toll hit 4,000.

That milestone was reached when four U.S. soldiers died in a bomb blast in southern Baghdad, less than a week after the invasion reached its fifth anniversary and President George W. Bush called the war “one of the greatest military exercises in the world’s history.”

Although Bush contends the American war effort has brought “peace and stability” to Iraq, more than 50 Iraqis also died in weekend bomb blasts and the death toll continues to mount.

Reports MSNBC:

Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a bomb blast in southern Baghdad late Sunday, raising the death toll for American forces since start of the war to 4,000, according to the Pentagon.

The grim milestone was reached less than a week after the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion to topple former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and coincided with a spate of violence across Iraq on Sunday that left at least 61 people dead.

The attacks included rockets and mortars fired at Baghdad’s U.S.-protected Green Zone and a suicide car bomb detonated at an Iraqi army post in the northern city of Mosul.