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As of mid-day, EST, October 25, 2003, 343 U.S. troops had officially died in Iraq since the war of aggression, based on lies, began March 20. 138 were killed during the conventional war (the term I use for want of a better one to distinguish it from the guerrilla war raging since), the war of which Bush spake: "Mission Accomplished" on May 1. In the interim, 205 more have died. These figures include soldiers who died due to accidents, sickness, and suicide, as well as combat deaths. Here’s the pattern: