Grim Milestone: 4,000 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq War
Posted on March 24, 2008A roadside I.E.D. killed four U.S. soldiers on Sunday. This brought the U.S. death toll in Iraq to 4,000. A Reuters story said that the White House calls the 4,000 milestone a "sober moment."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, said in a statement, "It's a sober moment, and one that all of us can focus on in terms of the number of 4,000. The president feels each and every one of the deaths very strongly and he grieves for their families. He obviously is grieved by the moment but he mourns the loss of every single life."
Here is some data about those 4,000 deaths according to the Associated Press:
- Percentages by service branch: Army: 72%; Marines: 24%; Navy: 2%; Air Force: 1%
- Percentages by service force: Active duty: 83%; National Guard: 10%; Reserve: 6%.
- Percent who died since President Bush declared major combat ended: 97%
Photo (top right): U.S. Army soldiers patrol the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, March 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffery Sandstrum