Bush grieves as US toll in Iraq hits 4,000

March 24th, 2008 - 11:31 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, March 24 (Xinhua) US President George W. Bush has expressed grief for American lives lost in the Iraq war, as the military death toll in the five-year conflict hit 4,000. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday Bush “spends time everyday thinking about those who’ve lost their lives on the battlefield”.

“He grieves for the families who have lost loved ones, and he is constantly concerned about their well-being,” she added.

“The president has said the hardest thing a commander-in-chief will do is send young men and women into combat, and he’s grieved for every lost American life, from the very first several years ago to those lost today,” said Perino.

Like others in the Bush administration, Perino downplayed the significance of the number of deaths.

Rather, she stressed the importance of “successfully completing the mission”, arguing that the “troop surge” plan has yielded security gains in Iraq.

Four US soldiers died Sunday night in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, bringing the US toll in the war to 4,000.

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