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The Department of Defense has identified 2,249 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the death of the following Americans recently
ALVAREZ, Kenneth Clifford, 23, Specialist, Army; Santa Maria, Calif.; Second Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade.
BANNAR, George A. Jr., 37, Master Sgt., Army; Orange, Va.; Third Battalion, Third Special Forces Group.
HOSTETTER, Jonathon Michael Dean, 20, Pvt., Army; Humphreys, Mo.; Second Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade
The failures, that you may know
The northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah, home to a prominent, gold-domed Shiite shrine, was the worst hit. Two bombs went off in a parking lot in the neighborhood, followed by a suicide car bomber who struck onlookers who had gathered at the scene. Police said a total of 10 people were killed and 27 wounded in that attack.
Blasts also hit the neighborhoods of Bayaa, Jamila, Hurriyah and Saydiyah, claiming a total of 12 lives.
Many would like to forget the fact that the United States and the international community willfully ignored Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and against Iraq's Kurdish population in 1988 in the aftermath of that war.