97% of U.S. deaths in Iraq came after ‘Mission Accomplished.’

As the U.S. death toll in Iraq reached 4,000 over the weekend, AFP notes a statistic just as sobering:

At least 97 percent of the deaths occurred after US President George W. Bush announced the end of “major combat” in Iraq on May 1, 2003, as the military became caught between a raging anti-American insurgency and brutal sectarian strife unleashed since the toppling of Saddam.


Despite the losses, Bush on the eve of the war’s fifth anniversary defended his decision to invade Iraq, vowing no retreat as he promised American soldiers would triumph despite the “high cost in lives and treasure.”