From: john mccarthy <email@example.com>
To: Rusty Rustan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 3:02 pm
Subject: FW: [mmmil] US Iraq casualties rise over 80,000
Subject: [mmmil] US Iraq casualties rise over 80,000
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:58:10 -0800
US military occupation forces in Iraq suffered at least 37 combat casualties in the week ending Dec. 11, as the official total reached at least 62,133. The total includes 31,828 killed or wounded by what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 30,305 (a figure now more than two months old) dead and injured from "non-hostile" causes.* The Pentagon does not count casualties discovered after they returned from Iraq which total about 20,000-mainly brain trauma from explosions.**
US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by routinely reporting only the total killed (3,888 as of Dec. 11) and rarely mentioning the 28,661 wounded in combat. To further minimize public perception of the cost, they cover for the Pentagon by ignoring the 30,305 (as of Oct. 1)*** military victims of accidents and illness that caused death or were serious enough to require medical evacuation, although the 3,888 reported deaths include 721 (up one last week) who died from those same causes, including 130 suicides.
* The number of wounded is updated weekly (usually Tuesdays) by the Pentagon at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf. The dead are reported by Iraq Coalition Casualties http://www.icasualties.org/oif/
** see USA Today, Nov. 23, 2007
*** The number of injured was updated monthly by the Pentagon at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/gwot_reason.pdf but this site seems to have closed.
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