Persian Gulf War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. & Coalition Casualties
The Second Gulf War has become the most contentious conflict since Vietnam. Fueled
by faulty intelligence, and an administration blinded to reality, President George W.
Bush requested authority under the War Powers Act, and on October 16, 2002, Public Law 107-243, a
Joint Resolution of the Congress "To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces
against Iraq" was enacted.
The President's public rating were at an all-time high after he informed the
American public of Iraq's stock piling of weapons of mass destruction, their attempts
to obtain nuclear weapons, and a confirmed connection to the terrorist network
responsible for the 9-11 disaster the year before.
On March 19, 2003, President Bush sent the following letter to the Speaker of the
House and the President of the Senate:
On Thursday, March 20, 2003, as dawn broke over Bagdad, U.S. and coalition forces
launched missiles and bombs at targets in Iraq, including a "decapitation attack" aimed
at Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and other members of the country's leadership.
Since then, there have been 3,627 coalition deaths -- 3,355 Americans, two
Australians, 147 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, six Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one
Fijian, one Hungarian, 32 Italians, one Kazakh, three Latvian, 19 Poles, two Romanians,
five Salvadoran, four Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war
in Iraq as of May 3, 2007, according to a CNN count.
Regardless of your political stance on the war, please remember that most of our
service men and women did not ask to go to Iraq. They are simply doing their duty.
Caught in a political hot spot, they are your children, grandchildren, your friends and
neighbors. They deserve your support! I hope that every American will do whatever
necessary to support them.
CNN News keeps a running total of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast
Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments during the War
FactBook - Iraq from the C.I.A.
Casualty List -
Struggle for Iraq from the BBC
The War in Iraq from CNN
The War from MSNBC -