Thursday, May 20, 2004

Daily Death Toll
While the media is properly focussing on the Iraqi prison abuse, let's not forget all the people dying over there every day:

As of Thursday, May 20, 789 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 18; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, six; Ukraine, four; Poland, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, El Salvador (news - web sites), Estonia and the Netherlands have reported one each.

Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush (news - web sites) declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 651 U.S. soldiers have died

The latest deaths reported by the U.S. military:

A soldier was killed Thursday in a grenade attack in Baghdad.
A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed Wednesday in an attack near Samarra.

And of course the (at a minimum) nearly 10,000 CIVILIAN Iraqis killed since all this started, in addition to the 40 Iraqis celebrating a wedding yesterday.