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Old 03-19-2004, 07:08 PM   #166
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A Daily Look at U.S. Iraq Military Deaths


Mar 19, 5:36 PM (ET)

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As of Friday, March 19, 2004, 568 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 385 died as a result of hostile action and 183 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Ukraine, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 430 U.S. soldiers have died - 270 as a result of hostile action and 160 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,868 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. Non-hostile injured numbered 432.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

- A 1st Infantry Division soldier died Friday as a result of injuries sustained when his vehicle overturned near Beiji, Iraq, on Wednesday.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

- Marine Pfc. Ricky A. Morris Jr., 20, Lubbock, Texas; died Thursday as a result of enemy action in Al Qaim, Iraq; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

- Marine Pfc. Brandon C. Smith, 20, Washington, Ark.; died Thursday as a result of enemy action in Al Qaim; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

- Army Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, 44, Chicago, Ill.; died Wednesday in Baghdad of injuries sustained from a mortar attack; assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company, Illinois Army National Guard, Paris, Ill.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A rocket attack near the restive city of Fallujah killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded six, a U.S. military official said Sunday.

The attack occurred Saturday evening near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, where anti-U.S. rebels are active, the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said he had no other details.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)

578 U.S. forces have died in the year-long Iraq war -- 392 from hostile fire, 186 from non-hostile incidents.

Of those, 439 have died since May 1, when U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat -- 277 from hostile fire, 162 from non-hostile incidents.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)

578 U.S. forces have died in the year-long Iraq war -- 392 from hostile fire, 186 from non-hostile incidents.

Of those, 439 have died since May 1, when U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat -- 277 from hostile fire, 162 from non-hostile incidents.
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A Daily Look at U.S. Deaths in Iraq


Mar 25, 12:25 AM (ET)

By The Associated Press

As of Wednesday, March 24, 583 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 394 died as a result of hostile action and 190 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Ukraine, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 446 U.S. soldiers have died - 279 as a result of hostile action and 167 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,928 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. Non-hostile injured numbered 434.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

- Army Spc. Clint Matthews, 31, Bedford, Pa.; died Friday from injuries he suffered when his vehicle went over an embankment in Baji, Iraq, on March 17; assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany.

- Army Pfc. Bruce Miller, Jr., 23, Orange, N.J., died Monday from non-hostile injuries in Mosul, Iraq; assigned to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
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U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Bomb Blast


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. soldier died in a bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday amid warnings that attacks will likely increase with fewer than 100 days left before the coalition hands over sovereignty. A day earlier, a gunbattle with insurgents left one American soldier and three rebels dead.

A 1st Infantry Division soldier died and two were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded near Baqouba, the military said. The soldiers went to the area after Iraqi security notified them that a homemade bomb had been found. The two injured soldiers were in stable condition.

The gunbattle that killed one soldier occurred Wednesday near Taji, just north of the capital, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military's deputy director of operations. A U.S. soldier was also wounded.

On Tuesday, guerrillas attacked a patrol in the town of Hamam al-Alil, 210 miles north of Baghdad, wounding a U.S. soldier, Kimmitt said. Troops returned fire and killed one attackers.

He said the military was worried by attacks on Iraqi police. On Wednesday, the police chief of southern Babil province was shot and killed. A day earlier, nine police recruits were killed in a nearby attack on their vehicle.

"We remain concerned at what is clearly a program of intimidation and targeting of not only the Iraqi police service, but all Iraqi government officials," Kimmitt said. "A significant number of Iraqi police have been killed in the past year, somewhere in the order of 350."

He said that despite the attacks "on almost a daily basis," morale in the force remained high and no significant drop in recruitment or retention rates had occurred.

With fewer than 100 days until U.S.-led occupiers transfer power to Iraqis on June 30, U.S. and Iraqi officials expect Iraqi guerrillas and foreign fighters to step up attacks in an attempt to disrupt the handover process and try to demonstrate that a fledgling Iraqi government cannot control the country.

"The security issue cannot be overemphasized," Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, a Shiite Muslim member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council.

L. Paul Bremer, the top administrator in Iraq, said Wednesday that significant steps had been taken to rebuild the country since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein a year ago.

"One hundred days from now, Iraqis will be sovereign in their own land and responsible for their own future," Bremer said in an outdoor speech in the Green Zone, the heavily protected area housing the coalition headquarters in the center of Baghdad.

Bremer announced that he would set up an Iraqi Defense Ministry and a national security Cabinet later this week.

He said he was in the midst of appointing inspectors general to each of Iraq's 25 government ministries while creating a government auditing board and an anti-corruption commission. Bremer said work was under way to establish a public broadcasting service and an independent panel to regulate it.

Bremer already has appointed most Iraqi ministers, many of whom are expected to keep their jobs after the handover. He is currently sorting through the ministers' choices for deputies.

Enormous tasks remain before the handover. The biggest involves anointing an Iraqi transitional government that will take power on June 30 - but the Governing Council and U.S.-led occupation figures have yet to agree upon a scheme to name those who will govern.

"We're moving at rocket speed," al-Rubaie said. "The counting down has started."
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As of Friday, March 26, 585 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 395 died as a result of hostile action and 190 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Ukraine, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 447 U.S. soldiers have died - 280 as a result of hostile action and 167 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,958 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. Non-hostile injured numbered 436.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

- A Marine died Friday in fighting in Fallujah, Iraq.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

- Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess, 20, Plymouth, Mass.; killed Thursday near Fallujah, Iraq; assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

- Marine Lance Cpl. James A. Casper, 20, Coolidge, Texas; died Thursday at Asad, Iraq, from a non-hostile incident; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Camp Pendleton, Calif.

- Army Spc. Adam D. Froehlich, 21, Pine Hill, N.J.; died Thursday in Baqouba, Iraq, after being hit by an explosive; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery; Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.
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Funeral service held for Methuen native
By Caroline Louise Cole, Globe Correspondent, 3/28/2004

METHUEN -- Marine Corporal David M. Vicente was recalled yesterday at a funeral Mass as a confident young man who early on was fascinated by all things military and mechanical and who tried to make a difference by helping others.

Vicente, 25, was assigned to the Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, First Marine Expeditionary Force at Twentynine Palms, Calif. He was killed March 19 when the vehicle in which he was riding was attacked outside the town of Hit, 90 miles west of Baghdad. He had been in Iraq for two weeks and is Methuen's first casualty in the Iraq war.

Vicente was buried with full military honors in Elmwood Cemetery near his childhood home following the Mass at St. Monica's Catholic Church, which drew some 150 mourners.

"When other kids were wearing T-shirts and jeans, David was wearing fatigues and combat boots," said his uncle, Michael Marques, in a tearful eulogy. "David knew what he wanted at a very early age. David died fighting for his family, his friends, and his country."

Marques said that as a teenager, when his nephew was not dreaming of a career in the military, Vicente was working on his truck.

"He loved everything mechanical," Marques said. "He took his truck apart piece by piece, which I thought was going to be the end of it. But it was that truck he drove across the country to report for duty" at the Marine base in California.

The Rev. Jerome Gillespie opened the noontime Mass by noting that another Mass for Vicente was being held at the same hour at a church in Lisbon, Portugal, the hometown of his parents, Celeste and Orlando Vicente.

"He chose it freely," Gillespie said of Vicente's decision to enlist in the Marines, "because in that he could somehow make a difference. We will remember his smile, his exuberance, and his want to serve the needs of others."

The Mass in Methuen drew several dignitaries, among them US Representative Martin Meehan, Mayor Sharon M. Pollard, state Senator Steven A. Baddour, Democrat of Methuen, state Representative Barbara L'Italien, Democrat of Andover, and City Council President William Manzi.

The Methuen police and fire department color guards participated, along with the American Legion Post 122 and Auxiliary.

Vicente grew up in Methuen, attending the Tenney Grammar School and graduating from the Greater Lawrence Regional Technical School in Andover in 1998. He joined the Marines in March 2001.

In addition to his parents, he leaves one brother, Daniel; his grandparents, Americo and Alice Marques, and John and Margaret Vicente, of Portugal; his fiancee, Alexandria Jabobs, of North Andover; and several aunts and uncles.

Orlando Vicente, left, receives the flag from the casket of his son, Marine Cpl. David Vicente during funeral services, Saturday, March 27, 2004, in Methuen, Mass. Seated next to Vicente from left; his wife Celeste, son Daniel and Cpl. Vicente's fiancee Alexandra Jacobs. Cpl. Vicente, 25, died March 19 in a clash with insurgents near the town of Hit, Iraq . He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, based in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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[Q]Plymouth tries to cope with death of young Marine

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PLYMOUTH Carol Machado tried Saturday to explain to her children the meaning of the lowered flag flying outside Memorial Hall honoring a young Marine killed in the Iraq War on Thursday.

"It frightens them to know it's so close to home," Machado said as she hugged her two children. "It makes me sad."

The photograph of Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess, 20, has brought home the reality of war even for those, like Machado, who never knew the Marine whose baby face looks younger than his age.

"He looks just like the Burgesses," said selectmen Chairman Kenneth Tavares as he stood in the shadow of the lowered flag outside Memorial Hall Saturday. "This is one of our boys, one of our kids," he said, offering the town's support to the family as they prepare for a military funeral[/Q]

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A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq


Mar 29, 5:11 PM (ET)

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As of Monday, March 29, 589 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 398 died as a result of hostile action and 191 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Ukraine, three; Thailand, two; Denmark, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 451 U.S. soldiers have died - 283 as a result of hostile action and 168 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,992 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. Non-hostile injured numbered 441.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

- A soldier was killed Monday in a bomb explosion near a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

- Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., 21, Houston, Texas; died Friday from hostile fire in Anbar province, west of Baghdad; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

- Marine Master Sgt. Timothy Toney, 37, New York, N.Y.; died Saturday in a non-combat related incident at Camp Wolverine, Kuwait; assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Jubilant residents yanked the bodies of four foreigners - one a woman, at least one an American - out of their burning cars Wednesday, dragged the charred corpses through the streets, and hung them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. Five American troops died in a roadside bombing nearby.

The brutal treatment of the four corpses came after they were killed in a rebel attack on their SUVs in the Sunni Triangle city about 35 miles west of Baghdad, scene of some of the worst violence on both sides of the conflict since the beginning of the American occupation a year ago.

It was reminiscent of the 1993 scene in Somalia, when a mob dragged the corpse of a U.S. soldier through the streets of Mogadishu, eventually leading to the American withdrawal from the African nation.

In one of the bloodiest days for the U.S. military this year, five American troops died when their military vehicle ran over a bomb in a separate incident 12 miles to the northwest, among the reed-lined roads through some of Iraq's richest farmland.

Residents said the bomb attack occurred in Malahma, 12 miles northwest of Fallujah, where anti-U.S. insurgents are active. U.S. Marines operate in the area, but it was unclear whether the slain troops were Marines.

Chanting "Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans," residents cheered after the grisly assault on two four-wheel-drive civilian vehicles, which left both in flames. Others chanted, "We sacrifice our blood and souls for Islam."

Associated Press Television News pictures showed one man beating a charred corpse with a metal pole. Others tied a yellow rope to a body, hooked it to a car and dragged it down the main street of town. Two blackened and mangled corpses were hung from a green iron bridge across the Euphrates.

"The people of Fallujah hanged some of the bodies on the old bridge like slaughtered sheep," resident Abdul Aziz Mohammed said. Some of the corpses were dismembered, he said.

Beneath the bodies, a man held a printed sign with a skull and crossbones and the phrase "Fallujah is the cemetery for Americans."

APTN showed the charred remains of three slain men. Some were wearing flak jackets, said resident Safa Mohammedi.

One resident displayed what appeared to be dog tags taken from one body. Residents also said there were weapons in the targeted cars. APTN showed one American passport near a body and a U.S. Department of Defense identification card belonging to another man.

U.S. military officials in Washington said the situation was still confused but they did not think the victims were American soldiers and believed the SUVs were not American military vehicles.

Witnesses said the two vehicles were attacked with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades.

Hours after the attack, the city was quiet. No U.S. troops or Iraqi police were seen in the area.

Fallujah is in the so-called Sunni Triangle, where support for Saddam Hussein was strong and rebels often carry out attacks against American forces.

In nearby Ramadi, insurgents threw a grenade at a government building and Iraqi security forces returned fire Wednesday, witnesses said. It was not clear if there were casualties.

Also in Ramadi, a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. convoy, witnesses said. U.S. officials in Baghdad could not confirm the attack.

On Tuesday in Ramadi, one U.S. soldier was killed and another wounded in a roadside bombing, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt.

Northeast of Baghdad, in the city of Baqouba on Wednesday, a suicide bomber blew up explosives in his car when he was near a convoy of government vehicles, wounding 14 Iraqis and killing himself, officials said.

The attacked convoy is normally used to transport the Diala provincial governor, Abdullah al-Joubori, but he was elsewhere at the time, said police Col. Ali Hossein.

On Tuesday, a suicide bombing outside the house of a police chief in Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, killed the attacker and wounded seven others.

A bomb exploded late Tuesday in a movie theater that had closed for the night. Two bystanders were wounded by flying glass, said its owner, Ghani Mohammed.

The latest violence came two days after Carina Perelli, the head of a U.N. electoral team, said better security is vital if Iraq wants to hold elections by a Jan. 31 deadline. The polls are scheduled to follow a June 30 transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government.

Top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said Tuesday he had appointed 21 anti-corruption inspectors general to government departments to try to prevent fraud. More will be named in coming days, he said.

The inspectors will work with two other newly formed, independent agencies. Together, they will "form an integrated approach intended to combat corruption at every level of government across the country," Bremer said.
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