Mark this date. Today was the day that the number of U.S. soldiers killed since May 1 equaled the number killed prior to President George W. Bush’s U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln announcement of the end of “major combat operations.”
Two soldiers, whose identities were not revealed, died of a “non-hostile gunshot wound” and by drowning in the Euphrates, near the Hadithah Dam, west of Ar Ramadi.
[UPDATE: Another soldier died when his convoy was attacked with a bomb in the town of Hamariyah, 16 miles northwest of Baghdad.]
Their deaths brings the number of soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq since May 1 to 139. A total of 277 troops have died either in combat, friendly fire or through accidents since the war started March 20.
I don’t really have much more to add other than to express my sympathies to the soldiers’ families.