Thursday, May 31, 2007

May toll for U.S. soldiers in Iraq climbs to 122

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) place mementos in front of the boots and rifle memorial at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah for Sgt. Justin Wisniewski, a squad leader with the 2-15. Wisniewski was killed May 19 by an IED while searching on foot for soldiers missing since a May 12th attack.

The U.S. military reported three more deaths in Iraq on Thursday, taking the death toll to 122 for May, already the worst month for U.S. forces there in more than two years.

May is the third-worst month overall in the campaign for U.S. soldiers, behind November 2004, when 137 soldiers died, and April 2004, when 135 were killed.

A total of 3,473 U.S. soldiers have been killed since the start of the invasion in March 2003.

Read the rest at Reuters/Alternet

Related Link:
Odierno: Higher troop deaths due to Petraeus' outpost strategy, sophisticated enemy perimeter defenses

Related Link:
Two-month troop total deadliest since Fallujah, 2004