On March 10, the total number of U.S. soldier deaths stood at 4,256 who died since the Iraq war began the same month six years ago according to an Associated Press count.

According to the count, at least 3,424 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, the Associated Press reported.

The AP count is two fewer than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST.

Other countries reported their figures: Britain 179 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 21; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia and Georgia, three each; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand and Romania, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan and South Korea, one death each.

According to a weekly tally of the Defense Department, since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 31,102 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile actions.