The families of two more U.S. servicemen are in mourning. Early Saturday morning, the bodies of two American soldiers reported missing in Iraq, were found.
With the two soldiers found dead, the number of Americans killed since the war on Iraq began has passed 200. At least 61 deaths have come in the two months since the U.S. declared major combat over. So far, Defense Department officials have released no information about the disappearance of the two soldiers whose bodies were found today.
As American troops removed the bodies of the dead servicemen from the Baghdad suburb in which they were found, patrols continued in the town where they disappeared last Wednesday. The discovery of the bodies came a day after two other incidents in which American troops were attacked by what U.S. Central Command called "pockets of resistance."
In Linden, New Jersey, friends and family of Sergeant First Class Gladimir Philippe tried to cope with the news that he, along with Private First Class Kevin Ott of Columbus, Ohio, was among the latest to be killed in Iraq.
Philippe's half-brother, Fedlyn Philippe says, "He was only a half-brother but he was like a real brother, 'cause that was the relationship."
In Baghdad, American officials insist their mission will continue in spite of Iraqi resistance.
Commander of U.S. Forces, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez says, "Our purpose is to go wherever the enemy is and that is exactly where we are going and you know if there is an element out there that is resisting the coalition and is focused on disrupting progress we are going to go after it and we are going to defeat it."
But the problems faced by the American-led coalition aren't limited to guerrilla-style attacks. A fire broke out at Baghdad's largest printing plant for textbooks. Coalition forces arrested two men in this latest example of what appears to be a campaign of sabotage by militant Iraqis.
In the midst of the ongoing trouble there was at least one promising sign. Iraqis marched through the streets of Majar al-Kabir, where six British troops were killed during a confrontation on Tuesday. The demonstrators denounced the attack, which they blamed on supporters of
Officials say more than 3,200 Iraqi civilians died in the war, and many more will likely never be counted.