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Thursday, June 09, 2005

 

"Sorrowing Lies My Land"

Death toll goes up and up and up.

"Sorrowing Lies My Land" is the title of a book written by the late Goan author, Lambert Mascarenhas. The book is not about our misadventure in Iraq. There are many families in America for whom the deaths and injuries have personal meaning. Then there are others who grieve over the waste of lives (of all nationalities) in this unjustified war.

From USA Today:

"As of Wednesday, at least 1,682 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,289 died as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. The figures include four military civilians."

From Agence France-Presse/Yahoo (6/8/05):

"Three US soldiers were killed in two separate attacks late Tuesday north of Baghdad, the military said.

"Two soldiers were killed in "an indirect fire" attack on their base in Tikrit, while another was killed in a roadside bomb explosion during a patrol in the restive town of Balad."

"The US casualties capped a bloody day that saw at least 33 Iraqis killed, making it one of the most violent days since May, during which about 700 Iraqis died in a frenzy of car bombs."

Following from Reuters news agency:

"WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - In fresh signs of the strain the Iraq war has put on the U.S. military, the Army missed its fourth straight monthly recruiting goal in May, while divorce rates for officers have surged, officials said on Wednesday."

Links:
USAToday
AFP
Reuters
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