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Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr., 34 becomes 2000th US military death in Iraq
repost by SF medic from Wash Post
U.S. Military Deaths Reach 2,000 in Iraq By ROBERT H. REID The Associated Press Tuesday, October 25, 2005; 3:37 PM BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A U.S. Army sergeant died of wounds suffered in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The death _ along with two others announced Tuesday _ brought to 2,000 the number of U.S. military members who have died since the start of the Iraq conflict in 2003. Staff Sgt. George T. Alexander, Jr., 34, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered Oct. 17, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in the central Iraqi city of Samarra, the Defense Department said. A US soldier secures the area in front of Palestine Hotel, a day after three suicide car bombs expoloded in the compound, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) A US soldier secures the area in front of Palestine Hotel, right, a day after three suicide car bombs attack hit the compound, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. Suicide bombers blasted through the concrete walls surrounding the Palestine Hotel in central Baghdad, where many foreign journalists live and work, injuring about five people inside the hotel and killing at least six passers-by on the streets outside. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (Gregorio Borgia - AP) The announcement was made after Iraqi election officials declared that voters had ratified the new constitution, which the United States hopes will boost the political process seen as key to ending the insurgency and enabling the U.S. and its coalition partners to bring their troops home. The grim milestone was reached at a time of growing disenchantment over the war among the American public toward a conflict that was launched to punish Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for his alleged weapons of mass destruction. None were ever found.

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