Iraq, Afghanistan Military And Civilian Casualties Still Rising
The number of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined has now risen to 5,021. This includes the three soldier deaths over the weekend, according to the Department of Defense. The civilian casualties in Iraq are higher, with about 82 civilians killed on Saturday alone due to a suicide bombing in Tameem. Some 35 of those dead civilians were children.
According to the website Iraqbodycount.com, 92,392 to 100,867 Iraqis have died since 2003 under Operation Iraqui Freedom. Some 10,557 Afghanis have also been killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.
President Barack Obama has promised that the majority of the 142,000 troops in Iraq will be pulled out by August 2010, but Democrats in Congress have criticized his idea of leaving 35,000 soldiers in Iraq until the end of 2012.
There is no exit strategy for Afghanistan yet. In March, Obama sent in more than 4,000 troops to the region to combat Al-Qaida terrorists and Taliban militants still entrenched in parts of the country and in neighboring Pakistan.
You can look at the Department of Defense’s casualties count PDF file by clicking here.