US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3,960
Jarrett Martineau | February 11, 2008 at 07:19 pmby
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Until then, it seems that an implicit acquiescence to the military presence in Iraq still exists; a trust that, at least for now, those who die in service to their nation are doing so for an honourable and worthy cause.
There may yet come a time when both honour and cause are called into question.
As of Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at least 3,960 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 eight military civilians. At least 3,221 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Even as more soldiers die in combat, the decision about whether or not to reduce troop levels in the region remains an important and divisive political issue.
Troop levels in Iraq are a big U.S. political issue,
especially in a presidential election year, and Gates' comments
provoked swift criticism from Democrats. The leading Democratic
presidential candidates want a speedy withdrawal, while
Republicans say U.S. commanders should decide when to pull out.
Sen. Barack Obama, who is battling Sen. Hillary Clinton to
become the Democratic nominee in the November presidential
election, condemned Gates' stance.
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