As of Thursday, April 21, 2005, at least 1,563 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,189 died as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department. The figures include four military civilians.

The AP count is one higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday.

The British military has reported 86 deaths; Italy, 21; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Spain, 11; Bulgaria, eight; Slovakia, three; Estonia, Thailand and the Netherlands, two each; and Denmark, El Salvador, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Latvia one death each.

Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,425 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1,076 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

_ Two Marines were killed Wednesday from an explosive in Ramadi, Iraq.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

_ Marine Cpl. Kelly M. Cannan, 21, Lowville, N.Y., and Marine Lance Cpl. Marty G. Mortenson, 22, Flagstaff, Ariz.; killed Wednesday by an explosive in Ramadi, Iraq; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.:

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