By: Stephen Florino
(KHNL) - It is a grim milestone in the war in Iraq.
More than 3,000 U.S. Troops have been killed since the war started in 2003.
Local troops are obviously sad, but they're also motivated to finish the job they were sent to do.
U.S troops have been in iraq for almost four years now, fighting for a free and unified country, but the price has been high.
"It makes me worried," said Brandon Weatherby, who's in the Army. "I know we gotta do what we gotta do, but still, there's a lot of good people who don't deserve what's happening."
More than 820 died last year alone. December was the deadliest month, with 113 troops killed.
The Bush administration says American forces are fighting extremists, to stop them from attacking our soil again. It also warns the battle against "enemies of freedom" will continue.
"It makes me real sad," said Angela Fort, of the U.S. Navy. "Even though I am in the military and support what our troops are doing, and support our president, but the whole idea of the war is kinda conflicting. We don't wanna give our lives for nothing."
Troops do feel the execution of Saddam Hussein shows that progress is being made.
"It's a milestone," said Weatherby. "It's something that we got to look forward to knowing the people doing these things are gonna get punished sooner or later."
And with a new year, brings new hope for our troops overseas.
"I want them to come home," said Fort. "Come home and be safe and don't wanna have as many tragedies this year."