America's secret casualties

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Sun Sep 14 12:37:56 MDT 2003


someone brought this up some time ago ...

les

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America's secret casualties

Sunday 14 September 2003, 15:55 Makka Time, 12:55 GMT  

 
Many of the evacuated soldiers are not reported

The US military has grossly underreported its casualties in Iraq by
simply not declaring incidents where no soldiers are killed, according
to new figures that will shock the American public.

More than 6000 American servicemen and women have been evacuated for
medical reasons since the war began, four times the number reported to
have been wounded, the British newspaper The Observer reported on
Sunday.

The US military and their bosses in the administration have portrayed
the invading force’s casualties as being relatively light. The new
figures will pressure President George Bush to try harder to share the
burden of occupying Iraq with other nations.

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New casualties

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It is estimated that about 10 soldiers are wounded every day the
occupation continues.

But they have remained largely hidden, as it is military policy to
announce that a soldier has been injured only if they were hurt in an
incident that also involved a death.

The Pentagon claims that the reason the numbers are so high is that
the modern body armour, worn by most American soldiers, means that
normally fatal wounds are avoided.
 
Critics of the policy say it hides the true extent of the
casualties. According to the website lunaville.org, that compiles its
numbers from official reports, 1178 American soldiers have been
wounded in combat operations since the war began on 20 March.

The real number may be much higher, once you factor in the reported
313 who were hurt in “friendly fire” incidents or accidents, then
those unreported thousands who have suffered lasting physical or
mental health problems from their long tours of duty in Iraq.

Some American units, such as the Fourth Infantry Division, have been
on the frontline for over six months.

Body armour

The Pentagon claims that the reason the numbers are so high is that
the modern body armour, worn by most American soldiers, means that
normally fatal wounds are avoided. However, vulnerable arms and legs
are affected badly. This has boosted the proportion of maimed among
the injured.

http://english.aljazeera.net/Articles/News/GlobalNews/Americas+secret+casualties.htm



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