As of Tuesday, day 1,561 of the Iraq War…
• 3,562 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 26,350 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 66,500 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.
• $438 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war.
• $1.549 billion is Ventura County taxpayers’ share.
Since the last Count…
• 33 more American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 221 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.
• 811 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.
• 14 US service people were killed over a 48-hour period, the Associated Press reported last Thursday.
• 8 US soldiers died on Saturday, “bringing the four-day death toll to at least 23,” according to The New York Times.
• 3 suicide attacks killed at least 33 people on Monday, reported Al Jazeera. The deadliest attack, a car bombing at a police headquarters, killed 18 and injured 10.
• 24 undernourished children were discovered by Iraqi and US troops in an orphanage in Baghdad, the US military announced last Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported.
• 57 insurgents have been killed and 46 arrested in the Diyala province since 10,000 US-led soldiers entered the area, according to a Sunday report by McClatchy Newspapers.
• 50,000 Iraq refugees are now working as prostitutes in the countries to which they’ve fled, estimates the founder of nonprofit Women’s Will, according to a Sunday report by The Independent.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…
• 404 American soldiers have been reported killed.
• 1,342 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.
• 25 civilians were killed by a NATO air assault last Thursday, reported Al Jazeera.
• 38 percent of US soldiers and 31 percent of US Marines who served in Afghanistan “showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological problems within three months of returning from active duty,” according to a report by the Pentagon, The Guardian reported last Thursday.
COUNTDOWN: 496 days remain until the November 2008 presidential election, according to Election2008.Tom-Hanna.org.