Iraq: US death toll hits 4,000

The death toll of US soldiers in Iraq passed 4,000 March 23 as four troops died in a roadside bomb attack on a patrol in southern Baghdad. More than 29,000 US soldiers have been wounded in five years of conflict in Iraq, according to the website. At least 97% of the deaths have come after George Bush announced the end of “major combat” in Iraq on May 1, 2003. At least 50 Iraqis, most of them civilians, also died March 23 in violence including bomb blasts and shootings. (AlJazeera, March 24) Gunmen in three cars opened fire on pedestrians in southern Baghdad’s mixed Zaafariniya district, killing at least seven and wounding 16. (Reuters, March 23)

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