Wednesday, Bloody Wednesday

From Holden:

Fourteen US Marines were killed today just outside of Haditha, the city in which six Marines died in an ambush on Monday.

Fourteen U.S. Marines and a civilian interpreter were killed Wednesday in western Iraq, the U.S. command said.

The Marines, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action early Wednesday when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, the military said. One Marine was also wounded.

With 21 dead American servicemen and women during the first three days of August following the 24 killed over the last week of July you don’t hear much talk about the US “winning” the war in Iraq or the insurgency suffering through its last throes these days.