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THE COUNT

As of Tuesday, day 3,041 of the war in Afghanistan and day 2,495 of the war in Iraq …

By Jake Armstrong 02/04/2010

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American military service members (5 more than last week) have died in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, and 4,378 (1 more than last week) have died in Iraq since the war began in 2003, according to the US Defense Department.

 

54

pilgrims headed to Iraq’s holiest Shiite shrine were killed Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated explosives hidden under her robe, the New York Times reported. 16 others were wounded in 2 separate attacks, despite pledges of enhanced security.


$33

billion is how much President Barack Obama wants to fund this year’s troop surge in Afghanistan, in addition to $159 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011, Agence France-Presse reported.


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 years is how long the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays has been in place, and a senior military official said Gen. George Casey (pictured), the Army’s chief of staff, believes the ban on gays openly serving shouldn’t be lifted until the Iraq withdrawal is complete, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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