U.S. forces death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000CBC News
The U.S. military in Iraq reached a grim milestone at year's end as the Pentagon announced a toll of at least 3,000 soldiers dead.
Specialist Dustin Donica, 22, of Spring, Texas, who was killed Thursday by small arms fire in Baghdad, was the 3,000th soldier to die, the Defence Department said Sunday.
Donica was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
His death was announced just after the hanging of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on Saturday, which sparked U.S. forces in the embattled country to be on high alert for potential reprisals by Sunni insurgents.
Donica's death was announced by U.S. military authorities in Washington rather than Baghdad.
Earlier Sunday, the U.S. military announced a U.S. soldier was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in southeastern Baghdad. It is customary that the military announces deaths a day after they occur.
The latest death comes as President George W. Bush has been forced in recent weeks to re-examine the U.S. strategy in Iraq following escalating sectarian violence in the country - in which bombings, executions and torture have become daily occurrences.
At least 111 U.S. service members were reported to have died in December, making it the deadliest month for U.S. forces in more than two years.
At least 820 U.S. military personnel died in Iraq in 2006, according to a count by the Associated Press
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