As of Tuesday, day 1,498 of the Iraq War…
• 3,325 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 24,912 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 62,281 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.
• $419.9 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to provide pre-school to 55.6 million children.
• $53.2 billion is California taxpayers’ share.
Since the last Count…
• 18 more American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 148 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.
• 553 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.
• 140 people were killed when a car bomber attacked a market in Baghdad last Wednesday, according to BBC. “A witness said the area had been turned into ‘a swimming pool of blood.’ ”
• 23 ethnic minority textile workers were killed in a shooting and 18 people were killed in car bombings in Baghdad on Sunday, reported Reuters.
• 50 people had been killed by the end of the day.
• 6 American contractors and 5 others were killed when insurgents shot down their helicopter north of Baghdad on Thursday, the Washington Post reported.
• 2 local soldiers, Jason Morales and Richard Langenbrunner of La Puente, died of injuries last week, according to CNN.
• 1 Falluja City Council chairperson, Sami Abdul-Amir al-Jumaili, was assassinated in front of his house on Saturday, reported Al Jazeera. Al-Jumaili is the third member of the council killed by militants.
• 40 is the percentage by which insurgent attacks on military targets have increased in certain regions in Iraq since the beginning of April, private security companies state, according to the Washington Post.
QUOTE: “Definitely, violence is getting worse,” said an anonymous US official in Baghdad, the Washington Post reported. “My strong sense is that a lot of the political momentum that was generated out of the successful election, which was sort of like a punch in the gut to the insurgents, has worn off.”
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…
• 378 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 1,184 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 9 people were killed and 40 were wounded in two bombings on Sunday, reported The New York Times.