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U.S. Casualties in Iraq Exceed 9/11 Toll

Posted on Dec 26, 2006

According to a count by the Associated Press, the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq has exceeded the 2,973 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The bleak milestone was reached on Christmas Day.


In a span of a few hours, 2,973 people were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a span of 45 months, the number of American troops killed in Iraq exceeded that grim toll as the war continues.

The milestone in Iraq came on Christmas, nearly four years after the war began, according to a count by the Associated Press. In announcing the Monday deaths of three soldiers, the toll from those fighting the war surpassed the toll from those killed by terrorists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

President Bush has said the Iraq war is part of the United States’ post-Sept. 11 approach to threats abroad. Going on offense against enemies before they could harm Americans meant removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, pursuing members of Al Qaeda and seeking regime change in Iraq, Bush has said.

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By Frank, December 28, 2006 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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And the US death toll in World War 2 was a heck of a lot higher than the death toll from the initial attack on Pearl Harbor.

Whats the point of the article? War is hell?

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By C Quil, December 27, 2006 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment
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I hope somebody gags Tony Snow before he says “It’s only a number” again.

And that was back when the toll was “only” two thousand, and that wasn’t even very long ago.

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By Louise, December 27, 2006 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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In days of old, Kings and their Priests offered up human sacrifice on a grand scale. The rational was to appease the God(s) so as to guaranty the good fortune of the people through the next time slot, whatever that was. Often the King was viewed as a living God. Appeasing him was equally important, so the people having no other source for guidance willingly supported human sacrifice in his name. In fact, they often considered it a true honor to give one of their children on his bloody alter.

Modern day man has no such excuse. We know better ... or do we?


The saddest commentary on this illegal and unjust war is the grieving family being comforted by the war-starters with, “We wont let their sacrifice be in vain.”

Human Sacrifice. How vain is that?

We are not allowed to see our troops come home in coffins ... but the war-starters are allowed to sacrifice more, if they choose!

Our dead are not allowed the DIGNITY of recognition when their caskets are unloaded ... but the war-starters are allowed the VANITY of credibility!


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By Chris, December 27, 2006 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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And how many 10,000s soldiers have been crippled/maimed for life? Also, should add the Afghanistan casualties to the list, as this wass also part of the war on terror. By that measure the ‘landmark’ would have been passed a long time ago.

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By tom, December 26, 2006 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment
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Most of the comments are right on. Anyone reading Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States will realize that it’s extremely hard to find out what went on in our own history—academic historians do not present the full truth—and to find out what IS going on is even harder. Factor in lap-dog media, high school textbooks, and you have a patsy-electorate just begging to be abused. And Bush/Cheney are there to abuse them.

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By Quy Tran, December 26, 2006 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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They have been died in vain ! Are King George and his accomplices happy with this number ? Do they still want to send more troops to follow their disastrous situation ?

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By Jackie T. Gabel, December 26, 2006 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment
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Only US citizens are “counted” for the US Military mortality list. Many immigrants are being promised Resident Alien status if they join the military, however they are not included in the US Military mortality “count.” This is just one more morbid example of the wholesale mendacity of this regime.

Anyone straddling the fence on this regime must accept that not only have they lied about everything from AMD to illegal wiretapping of citizens to illegal sanctions of torture and denial of due process for detainees, but they have lied about 9/11 from the day it happened.

There is only one solution:


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By Watching the meltdown, December 26, 2006 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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This is nothing. Wait till Bush and Israel launch their insane nuclear bombing of Iran. The present calamity in Iraq will look like a mere can of worms by comparison.

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By vet240, December 26, 2006 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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Any news report that tries to continue the farce that our efforts in Iraq have anything to do with 9/11 is completely false.

Bush has never had to worry about where his next meal is coming from because there has always been someone to pick up the tab. While our action in Iraq may very well bankrupt us all.

When we send multi-million dollar weapons systems and personnel to kill an illiterate person with a thousand dollars worth of weapons (one AK47 and thre hundred rounds of ammunition) and claim his killing a victory, we are living in Wonderland.

This “war” is about big corporations and oil/energy control, nothing else. In the mean time poor and middle class Americans continue to fall for the phony rhetoric and offer up their sons, brothers, husbands, sisters and wives to be needlessly sacrificed. Wake up people!

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By mite, December 26, 2006 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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Associated Press with another mind bite to condition the masses and hide the truth.

Tell the truth AP! Tell how the DOD refuse to give real figures of our dead daughters, sons, mothers, fathers who are sacrificed by traitors to this Republic. Figures more like 25,000 deaths and more then 100,000 U.S. military personnel disabled mentally and physically because of the 911 act of treason by Cheney, and other CFR, and Power Masters.

Only deaths in country-boots on the ground are counted officially by the DOD and given to the public. AP you still have them CIA, DHS, personnel
stationed in your newsrooms? `CIA and Media’

There is the figures of the WTC-911 and Building #7 official deaths of 3,000? That is Bu** Sh*t as the real number is more like ten times that, but of course the Insurance Companies would of been dead paying out the death benefits.

I suggest everyone read the CFR, report’s ‘Rebuilding A North American Community’ and ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’ both reports are plans to turn this U.S. into a police state along with Mexico and Canada, ruled by dictators and controlled by Military and Police- A New World Order.

If there is any free press out there you better stop playing the game and start searching the truth and educating the citizens or we all lose.

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By 9/11 was a inside job, December 26, 2006 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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13 Things You Thought You Knew about 9/11:

1)  The WTC towers collapsed due to the impact of the hijacked planes into the buildings. The impacts resulted in tremendous fires and the subsequent weakening of the towers’ metal supports, which led to a “general pancake collapse” of the building. (There is zero evidence
supporting this claim.)

2)  The hijackers were 19 box-cutter wielding Arabs who purchased one-way tickets to board the planes. (There is no evidence that the 19 men were aboard the planes; the airplane manifests do not list their names; there is no forensic evidence of any of them in the debris.)

3)  The attacks were masterminded by Osama bin Laden, living in a cave in Afghanistan. (The FBI admitted on 6/5/6 that there was ‘no hard evidence connecting Osama bin Laden to the 9/11 attacks.’)

4)  The hijackers learned to fly at US flight schools. (E.g., Hani Hanjour, supposedly flew flight 77 into the Pentagon, couldn’t fly a single-engine Cessna aircraft without great difficulty, according to a flight-school eye-witness where Hanjour rented a plane the month before the attacks. (Flight #77 made a 330 degree turn while descending at a speed of 600 mph within three minutes before flying low to the ground into the Pentagon.) – see

5)  All the hijackers died in the crashes. (6-7 have been interviewed by the BBC.)

6)  The US government had no idea that anyone was planning to attack the US. (The US had warnings to that effect from at least 15 different countries.)  Dr Rice also said “no one could’ve imagined such a crime” - refer to Op Northwoods plus military excercises on that very day)

7)  The US government had no idea that anyone was planning to fly planes into buildings using commercial airlines as human missiles to hit their targets. (The US gov’t had a military drill on the morning of 9/11 that included that very scenario.)

8)  No one had any idea that the attacks were about to occur. (Insider trading.)

9)  No one knew that the buildings were about to collapse until they did. (Several people were warned to get out of the building. At 3 o’clock, a fireman was warned that WTC7 was about to come down, even it didn’t come down until 5:21 that day.)

10)  Building WTC7 collapsed due to the impact of debris and fire from WTC1 and WTC2. (Actually, WTC7 was the furthest from towers 1 and 2; buildings closer to 1 and 2 did not collapse, even though they were made of thinner steel and burned for hours.)

11)  A Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon. (The hole in the wall of the Pentagon was too small by half for this size plane; there are no pictures available showing a plane hitting the Pentagon, despite the nearly one hundred cameras around the Pentagon; there was no debris that indicated that a 757 hit the Pentagon – no wings, tail, fuselage, luggage, seats, etc.)

12)  Flight #93 crashed into the ground in an abandoned mine in Shanksville, PA. (There was a debris field about five miles long, indicating that the plane was shot down.)

13)  FAA & Norad were incompetent on 9/11 and that’s why none of the hijacked planes were intercepted. (The authority to shoot down and/or intercept planes was removed from the military and transferred to Rumsfield in the two-three months prior to the attacks. The only people authorized to give the orders was only the Defense Secretary [Rumsfeld], the VP [Cheney], and the President [Bush].)

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By Hank Van den Berg, December 26, 2006 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Comparing 9/11 deaths and deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is a deceptive and misleading exercise.  The 9/11 deaths were clearly murders.  The military deaths in Iraq could be considered murders senselessly caused by our murderous administration, but the matter is more complex.  The soldiers volunteered for military service, and they continue to voluntrily follow orders to kill and be killed in Iraq.  On the other hand, our invasion and occupation of Iraq has caused the deaths of 150,000 or more people, including a huge number of plain and simple murders by our soldiers, insurgents, terrorists, ethnic cleansers, etc.  So in this sense, our murderous invasion matched the 9/11 numbers a long, long time ago.

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