As of Tuesday, day 1,407 of the Iraq War…
• 3,029 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 22,951 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 54,432 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.
• $360.6 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to provide pre-school to 47.8 million children.
• $11.4 billion is LA County taxpayers’ share.
Since the last COUNT…
• 117 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.
• 600 Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.
• $1.8 billion more has been spent on the war.
• 20 American service people were killed on Saturday, “the deadliest day for US forces in two years,” the Associated Press reported. In Karbala, 5 troops were killed and 3 were wounded by insurgents disguised as soldiers, according to McClatchy Newspapers.
• 103 is the minimum number of people killed by bombings in Iraq on Monday, according to The New York Times. In the deadliest incident, at least 88 civilians were killed and 160 were injured by two coordinated bomb blasts.
• 40 percent of professionals in Iraq have left the country since 2003, according to the Brookings Institution, The Washington Times reported on Friday.
• 280 is the minimum number of scholars who have been killed in violence since the beginning of the war, the Iraqi Ministry of Education says, according to the Washington Times’ Friday report. In addition, 3,250 scholars have taken flight from Iraq.
• 69 journalists were killed in Iraq last year, five more than were reported in an earlier count by Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists announced Monday.
• 34,000 is the minimum number of Iraqi civilians violently killed in 2006 alone, the United Nations announced last Tuesday, according to the International Herald Tribune.
• 66 percent of US residents believe that “the country is on the wrong track,” according to an AP poll released Monday.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan …
• 353 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 1,096 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 10 people were killed and at least 14 were injured Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled vest while standing among a crowd of laborers waiting outside an American military base in eastern Afghanistan, AP reported. The number of suicide attacks in that country increased from 27 in 2005 to 139 in 2006.
COUNTDOWN: 727 days remain in President Bush’s final term in office, according to BackwardsBush.com.