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A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq

As of Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at least 1,980 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,533 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The figures include five military civilians.The AP count is four higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday.The British military has reported 96 deaths; Italy, 26; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, three; Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Thailand and the Netherlands, two each; and Hungary, Kazakhstan and Latvia one death each.Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,841 U.S. military members have died, according to AP’s count. That includes at least 1,431 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.—The latest deaths reported by the military:- A U.S. soldier was shot and killed early Tuesday in Mosul, Iraq.- Two Marines were killed Monday near the town of Rutba, Iraq.—The latest identifications reported by the military:- Marine Lance Cpl. Chad R. Hildebrandt, 22, Springer, N.M.; killed Monday in Rutba, Iraq; assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.- Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Poston, 20, Glendale, Ariz.; died Monday in a vehicle accident in Hit, Iraq; assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.Vail, Colorado


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