Grim Milestone: 4,000 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq War

Posted on March 24, 2008

Troops BaghdadA 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: The average number of U.S. soldiers dying monthly in Iraq is down considerably since the surge began. Before the surge there were consecutive months with 80 ore more troops dying each month. Since the surge began the highest number of U.S. troops lost in a single month was January, 2008 when 40 U.S. troops were killed. Over the past few weeks there has been a reported upswing in the violence in Iraq that has some concerned the insurgents might be finding a way around the increase in troops. General Patreaus has said that U.S. troops need some political gains in Iraq to coincide with their military successes.

Photo (top right): U.S. Army soldiers patrol the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, March 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffery Sandstrum