By: E&P Staff
With five more deaths reported today, at least 2,940 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to the Associated Press count. The AP count is six higher than the Defense Department’s tally, which often gets updated.
The most often cited number for those killed in America on Sept. 11, 2001, is 2,973, leaving the Iraq tally just 33 short.
At the current rate, the 9/11 number will be eclipsed within a week.
Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 22,229 U.S. service members have been wounded, according to a Defense Department tally.
Another 352 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan.
Of the total killed in Iraq, only 139 died in the invasion in 2003.