Sunday, August 8, 2010


US military says American soldier dies in Iraq

The Associated Press

Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:27 a.m. Last Modified: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed south of Baghdad.

A Defense Department statement released Sunday says the soldier died a day earlier in Babil province.

It was not immediately clear whether the soldier died in a combat operation. The statement gave no additional details about the incident, saying only that it is under investigation.

The name of the deceased soldier was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The death raises to at least 4,414 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

That's according to an Associated Press count


Major Siler, US Army said...

The lack of coverage of the death of an unsung hero, seem all to common, especially now, as the US prepares to leave Iraq. It is really sad when a Soldier gives his life in support of the War on Terror and only one newspaper takes the time to thank his family and pay tribute to his sacrifice. But that Soldier played a major part in a fight that has slow down the efforts of the enemy to attack Americans at home or abroad. I guess the coverage of Iraq is no longer news. With the word of the drawdown and the eventual redeployment of the American forces, we have forgotten that a war is still being fought by the many US military personnel and our coalition partners who are still there. We must remember that the enemy treats the drawdown as a continuation of their fight, never loosing a beat or slowing down in their efforts to humiliate and destroy our successes and gains accomplished over the past years. We can never forget the death of one Soldier or the total 4,414 military personnel who died and the 31,902 wounded. Like so many military personnel, they went to face the fight against the enemy on its own land. A fight that has detered terrorism and freed the Iraqi people from the control of the enemy. So until the last Soldier return from Iraq, we should never forget.

MAJ Siler
US Army

Bill Corcoran said...

Well put Major Siler. I learned after posting this that at least one other newspaper, LA Times, ran the story, but as far as I can tell it was never mentioned on any TV station.
Thanks for your service to our country.
Bill Corcoran,
Fmr. Combat Engineer, U.S. Army