Fewer people know how many U.S. troops have died in the war in Iraq, a poll showed Wednesday. Only 28 percent correctly said that about 4,000 Americans have died in the war, according to a survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. That’s down from last August, when 54 percent gave the accurate casualty figure, which was about 3,500 dead at the time. In previous Pew surveys dating to 2004, about half have correctly given the rough figure for the approximate number of deaths at the time.
Violence is also clearly escalating. Deaths were at an average of 2o Iraqis per day (disgusting in the idea that this is good news), but now in March Iraqi deaths are up to 39 daily. Another bombing in Baghdad today.
The death total for U.S. soldiers stands at 3,987
parked car bomb exploded in a commercial district of central Baghdad Thursday, killing 18 people and wounding 57, police said.
The bombing took place off a bridge in Tahrir Square, a district of clothing shops just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and much of the Iraqi government, an Iraqi police official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release the information.
The policeman and a hospital official said 11 people died. The hospital official said 57 had been injured.
The U.S. military on Thursday also said soldiers had killed a young Iraqi girl after firing a warning shot at a woman who "appeared to be signaling to someone" along a road where several bombs had recently been found.