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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Posted by Jake
After 10 Months in Iraq, U.S. Marks 500th Military Death (

The U.S. military death toll after 10 months of engagement in Iraq reached 500 yesterday, roughly matching the number of U.S. military personnel who died in the first four years of the U.S. military engagement in Vietnam.

Vietnam comparison watch.

The cumulative toll of 500 U.S. deaths was reached in Vietnam in 1965, the year when the U.S. deployment there rose from 23,300 to 184,300 troops. In Iraq, in contrast, the United States is rotating forces with the goal of reducing the total from 130,000 to 105,000 by June and also sharply scaling back its military presence in Baghdad.

Why not compare it to WWI? Or the Crimean War? I am certain that 500 people died in some period of time then.


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