Day-by-day fatalities from the war in Iraq

After eight years, eight months and 25 days, the U.S. military closed Operation Iraqi Freedom on Thursday in Iraq. During the course of the war, 1.5 million troops served, with many returning for multiple tours. Nearly 4,500 died, and more than 32,000 were wounded.

The chart below shows the number of fatalities by day since the first death on March 20, 2003.

Jan. 26, 2005: 31 were killed when a Marine Corps transport helicopter (CH-53E) crashed during a sandstorm near Rutbah.
March 23, 2003: 29 troops were killed in an ambush in Nasiriyah by Iraqi soldiers who pretended to surrender, then opened fire when the Marines approached. As many as 10 Marines might have been killed by friendly fire.
August 3, 2005: 18 were killed, including 14 who died when their Amphibious Assault Vehicle was struck while on a combat operation.

Click to see the fatalities broken down by cause

IED
Hostile
Crash or accident
Noncombat
Unknown
Total (4,474)

Source: Staff reports; By Todd Lindeman and Sisi Wei - The Washington Post. Published Dec. 18, 2011.

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