May 1 shall forever be known as Mission Accomplished Day.
It was six years ago today that George W. Bush declared combat operations over in Iraq. The United States was victorious. (That wouldn’t be one of those teleprompter thingies I see in that photograph, would it?)
Today in Iraq…
April deadliest month for US in Iraq in 7 months
BAGHDAD (AP) – The U.S. death toll for April rose to 18, the military said Friday, making it the deadliest in seven months for American forces in Iraq. The sharp increase from the previous month came as a series of bombings also pushed Iraqi deaths to their highest level this year.
In the latest violence, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant on the reservoir of Iraq’s largest dam near the northern city of Mosul. At least five people were killed and 10 wounded, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials…
Two U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed Thursday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, according to a statement. Anbar is a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad that has been relatively calm since Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.
The U.S. military did not give further details about the attack but said the Americans were providing requested support to Iraqi forces when it occurred.
The attack raised to at least 18 the number of American troops deaths in April, double the nine killed in March, which was the lowest since the war began in March 2003.
That made April the deadliest month for U.S. forces since September, when 25 American troops died.
April also saw the most troops killed in combat so far this year, as opposed to other causes. Thirteen of last month’s 18 deaths were in combat compared with four among the nine in March.
In all, at least 4,281 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began, according to an Associated Press count.
Civilian deaths in Iraq in April were also higher than previous months following a series of high-profile bombings.
At least 371 Iraqis were killed – in addition to 80 Iranian pilgrims – in violence in April, compared with 335 Iraqis killed in March, 288 in February and 242 in January, according to an AP tally.
George W. Bush’s War of Choice continues.
(Ah, the memories.)