The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week -- 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.
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 134 Virginians.
Among them, one soldier from Campbell. From the CNN war casualties web site:
- Sgt. Adam Wayne Estep, 23. Died when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his patrol, on April 29, 2004.
His father, Kenneth Estep spoke with Campbell Patch in 2011 about his son, his family's history serving in the United States Military and the phone call he received from his son the night before he was killed.
"It was an amazing phone call," Estep said. "It's something I will always remember and cherish."
Watch the video here.
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