Polish soldiers patrol in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla.
A hand-out photograph released by Multi National forces in Iraq on September 8, 2004 shows Polish soldiers patrolling in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla. The Pentagon death toll in Iraq reached at least 1,002 Wednesday nearly 18 months after the U.S.-led invasion, as the brazen abduction of two Italian women aid workers in central Baghdad sparked a new hostage crisis. Editorial Use only REUTERS/HO/Sgt. Jose Hernandez OP/WS