Coalition death toll in Iraq hits 4,000

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The number of coalition military deaths in the war in Iraq has reached 4,000.

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Sara Salazar kisses the grave marker of her grandson, U.S. Army Pfc. Bruce Salazar, in Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Thursday.

 The gloomy milestone was reached as a U.S. general said there has been a rise in insurgents booby-trapping houses.

Most of the fatalities throughout the Iraq war — 3,702 — have been U.S. military service members. The nearly 300 others hail from countries such as Italy, Poland and Ukraine, that have supported the U.S. effort, which began in March 2003.

The numbers are based on a CNN Library count of official figures from the various countries involved in the Iraq war.

Of the U.S. deaths, 3,047 came in hostile circumstances and 655 in non-combat situations. Forty-four troops have died this month. Britain, which has command of coalition troops in southern Iraq, has suffered 168 deaths, 132 of them in hostile circumstances.

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