Friday, July 09, 2004

Wolfowitz - Blood on his hands - Over 1000 Death Toll Climbing

US-led forces death toll passes 1000
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

Friday 09 July 2004, 23:05 Makka Time, 20:05 GMT

April 2004 was the deadliest month for occupation troops

In the 466 days since the invasion and occupation of Iraq, US-led forces have suffered 1002 fatalities.

According to the US Department of Defence (DOD), 24 occupation soldiers have died in the first nine days of July, bringing the total to 1002. Twenty-two of the military fatalities in July have been US soldiers.

Of the total figure, there have been 881 US military fatalities, 60 British, and 60 listed as other. More than 650 of the 881 US fatalities have been attributed to what the DOD lists as "enemy fire".

April 2004 was the most costly month in terms of casualties – the DOD listed 135 US fatalities, mostly due to fighting in and around Falluja.

The number of wounded also soared for that month, reaching 1157, eight times higher than the monthly average since the March 2003 invasion.

The total number of wounded as of 26 June is 5394, with May and June registering higher-than-average figures: 742 and 444, respectively. However, the DOD does not report the number of non-combat related wounded.