Excerpt from CNN -
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged the death toll earlier Tuesday, but told reporters at the Pentagon that going on the offensive against terrorism "has its cost."
"It should be noted that the civilized world passed the thousandth casualty mark a long time ago," he said. "Hundreds were killed in Russia last week. And this week, of course, on September 11, 2004, we remember the 3,000 citizens of dozens of countries who were killed on September 11 in 2001."
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called Tuesday's report a "tragic milestone," and said the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with those who have had family members killed in Iraq.