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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,441

By The Associated Press
March 29, 2011

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As of Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at least 4,441 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action.

At least 3,502 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

The AP count is three less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 32,044 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department's weekly tally.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

--Cpl. Brandon S. Hocking, 24, of Seattle, Wash.; died March 21 in As Samawah, Iraq, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device; assigned to the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

--Senior Airman Michael J. Hinkle II, 24, of Corona, Calif.; died March 16 due to a non-combat related incident in Southwest Asia; assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

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