~THE COUNT~

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.

~THE COUNT~

As of Tuesday, day 1,400 of the Iraq War…

3,013 American soldiers have been reported killed.

22,834 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*

53,832 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$358.8 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war.

Since the last COUNT…

8 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

731 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

109 is the minimum number of people killed in violence on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. In the deadliest attack, at least 65 Iraqis were killed by an explosion near a university in Baghdad.

7 civilians were killed and 28 were wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber drove into a patrol of Iraqi soldiers, AP reported. In all, 16 people were killed throughout the day.

6 children, including a 10-year-old Texas boy, hanged themselves in an attempt to mimic the execution of Saddam Hussein, AP reported on Sunday.

1,350 “unidentified” dead bodies were taken in by the Baghdad morgue in December, according to a Sunday Reuters report.

92,000 is the number of troops President Bush plans to add to the armed forces over the next 5 years, The New York Times reported on Jan. 11. As part of the president’s plan, 20,000 US service people would also be shipped out to Iraq.

8 days after US and Iraqi forces launched an offensive on militias reported to be based on Haifa Street in Baghdad, locals stated that they were still without water and electricity, “and that people seeking food had been shot at random,” according to McClatchy Newspapers.

QUOTE

“This military siege is killing us,” an unidentified resident of the Haifa Street neighborhood that coalition forces attacked more than a week ago told McClatchy. “If this plan continues for one more week, I don’t think you will find one family left on Haifa Street.”

Meanwhile in Afghanistan …

353 American soldiers have been reported killed.

1,091 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*

16 militants and 13 Afghani civilians were killed by NATO air attacks, Afghan police announced on Friday, according to Reuters. NATO, however, refuted the civilian deaths.

~THE COUNT~

As of Tuesday, day 1,393 of the Iraq War…

3,005 American soldiers have been reported killed, according to the Department of Defense.

22,834 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

53,101 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$356.9 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war.

Since the last COUNT…

5 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

269 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.

628 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

72 corpses, “most showing signs of torture,” were found in Baghdad on Saturday, The New York Times reported.

50 people were killed and 27 dead bodies were recovered in Iraq’s capital city on Monday, according to the Associated Press. 15 Iraqis were killed and 15 were wounded when gunmen assaulted a bus carrying “cleaners and other workers,” reported Al Jazeera.

22,950 Iraqi civilians, soldiers, and police were killed in violence in 2006, the Washington Post reported on Monday. 17,000 of these individuals were killed in the last 6 months of the year.

20,000 additional US troops are to be shipped to Baghdad under President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq, which was to be unveiled on Wednesday, unnamed sources told CNN.

QUOTE

“You have to be concerned,” a senior US official said in response to President Bush’s assertion that he has to authority to “open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant,” the New York Daily News reported last Thursday. “It takes Executive Branch authority beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

Meanwhile in Afghanistan …

353 American soldiers have been reported killed.

1,091 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

2 newborns, their mother and grandmother were killed by a roadside bomb after leaving a hospital on Sunday, The New York Times reported. 3 others were wounded.

600 civilians, soldiers and insurgents have been killed since 2003, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission announced Sunday, according to the Times.

And in Somalia …

1 US military-owned and -operated AC130 plane carried out air raids against believed al-Qaeda operatives on Monday, leaving “many dead,” The Guardian reported.

4 civilians were killed as Somalis protested the presence of the Ethiopian military in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, during the weekend, according to Al Jazeera. 5 Ethiopian soldiers and 5 Somalis were injured in separate incidents on Saturday, Reuters reported.

~THE COUNT~

As of Tuesday, day 1,386 of the Iraq War…

3,000 American soldiers have been reported killed, according to The New York Times.

26 of them died at age 18, according to the Associated Press.

308 of them were from California, which according to AP is the most of any state.

22,565 American soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*

52,473 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$355.1 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to pay 6.2 million public school teachers one year’s salary.

Since the last COUNT…

22 more American soldiers have been reported killed by the Defense Department, which reported a total of 2,988 casualties.*

164 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.*

659 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

$1.9 billion has been spent on the war.

16,273 civilian, police and military deaths were recorded in Iraq in 2006, AP reported on Monday. 14,298 of these casualties were civilian, and at least 2,186 of them occurred in December.

3,500 more US troops will be sent to Kuwait, the military announced last Wednesday, according to Reuters.

109 is the minimum number of US troops killed last month, making December the deadliest month of 2006 for US service members, according to Reuters.

80 people were killed in violence on Saturday, AP reported. In the deadliest attack, 37 Iraqis were killed and 76 were injured by two consecutive bombings.

64 is the estimated number of journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq in 2006, Reporters Without Borders announced Sunday.

QUOTE

“Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,” former President Gerald Ford said in a 2004 interview published in the Washington Post after his death last week. “And now, I\’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”

Meanwhile in Afghanistan …

353 American soldiers have been reported killed.*

1,084 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*

170 coalition troops were killed over the course of last year, Reuters reported on Tuesday. In 2006, there were more 4,000 casualties in Afghanistan.

COUNTDOWN: 748 days remain in President Bush’s final term in office, according to BackwardsBush.com.

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