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.
In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.
Among them, two people from Culver City. From the CNN war casualties website:
- Lance Cpl. George Jitendra Payton, 20. Died as a result of enemy action in Falluja, Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 14, 2004.
- Spc. William Timothy Dix, 32. Died of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, on April 27, 2008.
For more information, see CNN's stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.