It's been a bloody week in Iraq, and the chaotic situation on the ground makes precise numbers on casualties difficult to come by. The New York Times says the extent of U.S. casualties in Iraq today is unclear. The military said one U.S. soldier died in Baghdad, and news agencies said another was killed in Balad, near Baghdad. A U.S. helicopter went down amid gunfire in a town northeast of Baghdad, but the fate of the crew is so far unknown. Twelve U.S. troops were confirmed killed last night.
That brings the U.S. death toll to 30 since Sunday. A Ukrainian soldier, a Salvadoran soldier and at least 200 Iraqis have also died since then.
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.