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Iraq War Casualties Hit Home

This week marks 10 years since the Iraq war began. Many area communities have lost loved ones and friends to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago 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, according to www.costofwar.com.

CNN has a stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 162 soldiers from Illinois.

Iraq and Afghanistan casualties from our area, from the CNN war casualties website, which includes photos and profiles.

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