Impact of 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq hits home on LI

The death toll for U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq reached 4,000 on Easter Sunday, just days after the conflict?s 5th anniversary, and Long Island residents are reflecting on both milestones. On Sunday,

News 12 Staff

Mar 25, 2008, 2:43 AM

Updated 5,965 days ago

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The death toll for U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq reached 4,000 on Easter Sunday, just days after the conflict?s 5th anniversary, and Long Island residents are reflecting on both milestones.
On Sunday, four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad to push the death toll to 4,000. Monday, President Bush called it a somber moment, but said the U.S. must keep moving forward in the effort.
Dorine Kenney, who lost her son Jacob Fletcher in 2003, says she can?t believe five years have already passed. Fletcher was one of the first Long Island soldiers to die in the war. ?We want people thinking about our lost loved ones and what they sacrificed for the country,? Kenney says on the occasion of the new death toll.
Kenney says she does not want to see the death toll climb, but reiterates that Americans still need to show their support for soldiers fighting overseas.
Anti-war activist Megan O'Handley says the war needs to end and the troops need to come home. She says the war was a mistake based on lies and misinformation. She says that makes the 4,000 deaths even more tragic.
There are currently 158,000 U.S. troops fighting in Iraq.


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