US death toll in Afghanistan reaches 1000 as Americans weary of war

Catherine Philip
The Times [UK]
28 May 2010

The toll of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan reached 1,000 on Friday, a grim milestone that came as Americans back home prepared to commemorate their war dead.

News that the body count had ticked into four figures came with the death in a roadside bombing of an American serviceman, yet to be named, who was the 32nd US soldier to die in the past month. He is the 430th to be killed in Afghanistan since President Obama took office in January 2009.

This Monday marks the United States’ Memorial Day, a public holiday to remember Americans killed in war with ceremonies at military cemeteries across the country.

USA Today, America’s national newspaper, marked the moment with a front page headline announcing: “Afghanistan: America’s Longest War” — foreshadowing the moment early in June that the conflict completes its 104th month and overtakes the Vietnam War, which ran for 103.

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