As of Tuesday, day 1,533 of the Iraq War…
• 3,442 American soldiers have been reported killed.*
• 25,549 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*
• 64,533 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.
• $429.9 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to provide a year of health insurance to 257.4 million children.
Since the last Count…
• 18 more American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 472 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.
• 20 is the minimum number of people killed in a car bombing near an important Sunni mosque in Baghdad on Monday, reported BBC News.
• 7 soldiers and 1 Marine were killed in violence on Saturday, the US military announced, according to the Associated Press.
• 104 US service people were killed in April, “the worst month this year for the American military since the invasion,” the International Herald Tribune reported Friday. 103 US service people had been killed in May as of Sunday, according to Reuters.
• 980 US troops died in Iraq between Memorial Day 2006 and Saturday, reported AP.
• 42 imprisoned Iraqis were freed from an al-Qaeda hideaway by US troops on Sunday, according to AP.
• 53 multiple-fatality bombings were carried out in April, The Brookings Institute reported in May.
QUOTE: “There is hardly anybody in America left … who doesn\’t believe that it was a terrible mistake to invade a country that didn’t attack us,” former US vice-president Al Gore told ABC last week.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…
• 386 American soldiers have been reported killed.*
• 1,250 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.*
• 4 people, including a police officer, were killed and 7 were injured in two separate attacks last Wednesday, according to The New York Times.
And back home…
• $95 billion for the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan was approved by the Democrat-controlled Congress on Thursday, according to Al Jazeera. No deadline was set for troop withdrawal.
• 63 percent of Americans questioned in a poll conducted by CBS News and The New York Times between May 18 and May 23 stated that they disapproved of President Bush’s presidency.
–Information compiled by Jon Lewis-Katz from reports by Iraq Body Count and the National Priorities Project, unless otherwise noted.