The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week — on March 19, 2003 — and although officially "over," fighting continues with discouraging persistence.
By one count, the war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting.
CNN has a stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 134 Virginians.
Among them, one soldier from Arcadia. From the CNN war casualties web site:
- Sgt. Kyle Arnold Colnot, 23. One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee, causing a fire, during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 22, 2006.