Deaths of US Troops Exceed 5,000 in Wars

Andrea Stone  | Truthout.org, Tuesday 22 July 2009

US Marines carry coffin of Brandon T. Lara. US Marines carry the coffin of Brandon T. Lara, who was killed in Iraq on July 19, 2009. (Photo: Gerry)

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reached two solemn milestones Monday: July has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the combined death toll surpassed 5,000.

Four Americans were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Robert Carr said. That brings the number of U.S. servicemembers killed so far this month to at least 30. The previous deadliest month was June 2008, when 28 died, the Pentagon said.

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