U.S. Soldier Death Toll Reaches 4,000 in Iraq

March 25, 2008 03:48 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The grim milestone was reached just days after the war's fifth anniversary. Profiles of the fallen have brought to the world's attention some exceptional lives.

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Four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle Sunday brought the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq to 4,000.

The rising death toll has led writers such as novelist Andrew O’Hagan to profile some of the soldiers who have lost their lives in the war.

O’Hagan researched the lives of two servicemen—one British, one American—who died on the same night in Iraq. The work appears in a collection of essays about Britain and America called “The Atlantic Ocean," and is also available on the The London Review of Books Web site.

The grim milestone came only days after the fifth anniversary of the war, an event that was marked by dire reporting and the continued assessment of the long-term effects of Washington’s decision to go to war.

In a speech marking the anniversary, Bush defended the war, saying that "removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision—and this is a fight America can and must win."

But the 4,000 deaths will likely instigate more heated debate about the war.

"Those who oppose the war will see it as further reason to end it. Those who support it, will point to military progress and say that future casualties will be much lower," said Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Headline Link: ‘Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Death Toll 4,000’

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Background: The fifth anniversary of the Iraq war

Reference: How to support the troops and service member casualties


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