~THE COUNT~

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.

~THE COUNT~

As of Tuesday, day 1,554 of the Iraq War…

3,529 American soldiers have been reported killed.

26,129 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

65,689 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$436 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war.

$1.5 billion is Ventura County taxpayers’ share.

Since the last Count…

23 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

179 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.

573 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

78 people were killed and at least 218 were injured when a suicide bomber drove a truck into a Shia mosque on Tuesday, reported the Associated Press.

20 insurgent fighters were killed in raids jointly conducted by Iraqi forces and the British military on Monday morning, according to Al Jazeera.

40 is the percentage by which “attacks and casualties increased in Iraq…over the same period a year ago,” according to a report by the Defense Department, McClatchy Newspapers reported last Thursday.

28,000 additional US troops arrived in Iraq on Friday, reported Al Jazeera.

13 Iraqi police officers were arrested last Thursday for their alleged roles in last Wednesday’s bombing of a Shia mosque in Samarra, according to Agence France-Presse.

1,000 Iraqis flee to Syria every day, McClatchy Newspapers reported Sunday.

QUOTE: “[The experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan] show that billions of dollars in development and security aid may be futile unless accompanied by a functioning government, trustworthy leaders and realistic plans to keep the peace and develop the economy,” reported the 2007 Failed States Index, released Monday, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…

399 American soldiers have been reported killed.

1,327 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

100 people or more, including civilians, police officers and insurgents, died in three days of fighting between Taliban militants and NATO forces, the Afghan government announced on Monday, according to AP.

2,400 people, approximately, have been killed in 2007 due to the American-led conflict, AP reported on Tuesday.

COUNTDOWN: 503 days remain until the November 2008 presidential election, according to Election2008.Tom-Hanna.org.

~ THE COUNT ~

As of Tuesday, day 1,547 of the Iraq War…

3,506 American soldiers have been reported killed.

25,950 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

65,116 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$433.9 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to provide a year of health insurance to 259.9 million children.

$1.5 billion is Ventura County taxpayers’ share.

Since the last Count…

19 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

120 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.

340 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

34 people were killed in bomb attacks on Friday, according to The New York Times. Also on that day, the wife and child of an Iraqi police official were killed and four of his other children kidnapped by gunmen.

12 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 30 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint on Saturday, The New York Times also reported.

7 people were killed and 50 were wounded in a suicide car bombing on Sunday, reported the Associated Press.

4.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by the Iraq War, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees reported last Tuesday. 820,000 have been displaced since February 2006.

$15 billion has been spent by the US to build up Iraq’s military and police forces, according to a Sunday report by The New York Times.

10,000 “sites of incomparable importance to the history of western civilization” are being systematically looted, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…

397 American soldiers have been reported killed.

1,319 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

7 Afghan policemen were killed by American troops and 3 people were shot dead at a NATO checkpoint, raising concerns about accidental shootings in Afghanistan, Australia’s Brisbane Times reported on Tuesday. In a separate incident, motorcycle gunmen opened fire on schoolgirls as they walked home, killing 2 and wounding 6.

And in Beirut and Lebanon…

109 people, only 48 of them soldiers, have been killed in fighting around the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon since May 20, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

~THE COUNT~

As of Tuesday, day 1,547 of the Iraq War…

3,506 American soldiers have been reported killed.

25,950 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

65,116 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

$433.9 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war, enough to provide a year of health insurance to 259.9 million children.

$1.5 billion is Ventura County taxpayers’ share.

Since the last Count…

19 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

120 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.

340 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

34 people were killed in bomb attacks on Friday, according to The New York Times. Also on that day, the wife and child of an Iraqi police official were killed and four of his other children kidnapped by gunmen.

12 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 30 were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint on Saturday, The New York Times also reported.

7 people were killed and 50 were wounded in a suicide car bombing on Sunday, reported the Associated Press.

4.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by the Iraq War, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees reported last Tuesday. 820,000 have been displaced since February 2006.

$15 billion has been spent by the US to build up Iraq’s military and police forces, according to a Sunday report by The New York Times.

10,000 “sites of incomparable importance to the history of western civilization” are being systematically looted, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…

397 American soldiers have been reported killed.

1,319 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

7 Afghan policemen were killed by American troops and 3 people were shot dead at a NATO checkpoint, raising concerns about accidental shootings in Afghanistan, Australia’s Brisbane Times reported on Tuesday. In a separate incident, motorcycle gunmen opened fire on schoolgirls as they walked home, killing 2 and wounding 6.

And in Beirut and Lebanon…

109 people, only 48 of them soldiers, have been killed in fighting around the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon since May 20, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

~ THE COUNT ~

As of Tuesday, day 1,540 of the Iraq War…

• 3,487 American soldiers have been reported killed.

• 25,830 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

• 64,776 is the minimum number of civilians killed in Iraq.

• $432 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent on the war.

• $209.6 million is Pasadena taxpayers’ share.

Since the last Count…

• 45 more American soldiers have been reported killed.

• 281 more American soldiers have been reported wounded.

• 243 more Iraqi civilians have been reported killed.

• $2.1 billion more has been spent on the war.

• 15 US service people were killed “in the first 3 days of June, a pace that exceeds the daily fatality rate in May … the deadliest month” for troops since the war started, reported The New York Times.

 3,000 American troops were recently dispatched to the violent Diyala province, where a car bomb exploded Sunday killing 11 police officers and 4 civilians and wounding 35 people, according to the Washington Post.

• 2/3s of the neighborhoods in Baghdad continue to elude US military control, according to some US military officers and a military assessment, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

• 12 journalists have been killed on duty and 5 have been abducted this year so far, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan…

• 395 American soldiers have been reported killed.

• 1,292 soldiers have been reported wounded in action.

• 16 Afghan police officers were killed and 6 were injured when they were ambushed en route to Kabul last Thursday, reported The New York Times.

• 5 people related to an Afghan police commander were killed when gunmen believed to be Taliban stormed the commander’s home on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

And in Beirut and Lebanon…

• 10 people were killed in a bombing in Beirut on Monday, Al Jazeera reported.

• 79 people have been killed in fighting around the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon since May 20, Al Jazeera also reported.

COUNTDOWN: 594 days remain in President Bush’s final term in office, according to BackwardsBush.com.

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