4 Jul 2008

43 US soldiers from Pacific among 5-year Iraq War casualties

2:15 pm on 4 July 2008

A US report says 43 US soldiers of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island origin have been killed in the Iraq war.

The report, compiled by the U.S. state department, does not provide the specific state or territory that is home record for the deceased.

It also says in the five years to April 2008, a total of 171 Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders were wounded in action.

Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003 a total of 14 Samoan soldiers have been killed in action.

Another 3 were killed in the Afghanistan conflict.