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Grim Milestone: 5,000 GIs Dead in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Posted By Margaret Griffis On June 2, 2009 @ 1:12 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Among the six U.S. servicemember deaths so far reported in June, one soldier has become the 5,000th casualty of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Icasualties.org the wars have cost at least 4,308 [1] lives in Iraq and 695 [2] in Afghanistan. The official count from the Department of Defense, however, has the total number of deaths at 4,996 [3] in both military campaigns. The D.O.D. figures often lag slightly behind those reported in the mass media.

These figures include both combat and non-combat deaths, as well as those servicemembers killed outside the main theaters of action. In some cases, however, a servicemember who may have died months or years later of wounds received during service might not be included in official figures.

Military Families Speak Out [4] noted the milestone in a press release [5] published today. The antiwar group, which was formed by military families in 2002, asked President Obama to swiftly end the wars, as promised during last year’s presidential campaign. However, as the U.S. Congress returned [6] from a weeklong Memorial Day break yesterday, the lawmakers’ main war concern was not ending either campaign, but in finalizing a new war funding bill [7] for the president to sign.

President Obama originally asked for $84.3-billion to continue the wars. Both chambers then added their own items, bringing the final tally for the House to $96.7-billion and the Senate’s to $91.3-billion in additional funding.

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[1] 4,308: http://icasualties.org/Iraq/index.aspx

[2] 695: http://antiwar.com/blog//icasualties.org/oef/

[3] 4,996: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf"

[4] Military Families Speak Out: http://mfso.org/

[5] press release: http://mfso.org/article.php?id=1319

[6] returned: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/us/politics/01cong.html?hp

[7] finalizing a new war funding bill: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/differences+House+Senate+funds+bill/1617724/story.html

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