3,493: +1+1+1+1 Another 14 soldiers die in 3 days

Does the number 3,493 mean anything to you?

That is the number of soldiers that have died in Iraq since March of 2003.

3,493 families lost a daughter or son.

3,493 birthdays that will be celebrated in graveyards.

3,493.  

It is not just a number.  It is reality.

Memorial day is everyday nowadays.

   (AP) The U.S. military on Sunday reported 14 U.S. soldiers killed in the past three days, including four in a single roadside bombing in Baghdad and one who was struck by a suicide bomber while on a foot patrol southwest of the capital.

   The blast that killed the four Multi-National Division -- Baghdad soldiers occurred Sunday as the troops were conducting a cordon and search operation northwest of the Iraqi capital, according to a statement.

   Two other Multi-National Division -- Baghdad soldiers were killed and five were wounded along with an Iraqi interpreter in two separate roadside bombings on Sunday, the military said.

   A Task Force Marne soldier was killed Friday after the patrol approached two suspicious men for questioning near a mosque, and one of the suspects blew himself up, according to a statement. The military did not provide more details, saying the attack was under investigation. It initially said the soldier was killed Saturday but later corrected the date to Friday.

   The military said seven others were killed on Saturday, including two Task Force Lightning soldiers who died after their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb during operations in the northern Ninevah province.

   A Task Force Lightning soldier also died of wounds sustained from an explosion that occurred Saturday near the soldier's vehicle during operations in Diyala province, a volatile area northeast of Baghdad, the military said. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

   Another blast killed one Task Force Lightning soldier and wounded four others in a separate attack on Saturday in Diyala, the military said.

   A Task Force Marne soldier was killed Saturday by small-arms fire while patrolling south of Baghdad, the military added.

   Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed a Multi-National Division -- Baghdad soldier and wounded two others as they were conducting combat operations Saturday in western Baghdad, according to a statement.

   Another Multi-National Division -- Baghdad soldier was killed and eight were wounded in a roadside bombing in a western section of the capital on Saturday, the military said, adding that six of those wounded had returned to duty.

   The soldiers' names were withheld pending notification of relatives.

   The deaths raised to at least 3,493 members of the U.S. military who have died since the war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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