It’s Now Okay For Press To Show Returning Coffins Of War Dead
The Pentagon will now allow the press to photograph the flag-draped coffins if the war dead as they return home. The ban began in 1991 under Bush 41. Senators John Kerry and Frank Lautenberg asked the Obama White House to roll back the ban.
This policy was most strictly enforced by the Bush 43 administration, concurrent with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As of Wednesday, at least 4,251 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
As of Tuesday, at least 584 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Friday at 10 a.m. EST.Click here for reuse options!
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