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US Iraq casualties rise to over 82,000


US military occupation forces in Iraq suffered at least 54 combat casualties in the six days ending Jan, 2, as the official total reached at least 62,911.The total includes 32,002 killed or wounded by what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 30,909 (as of Dec. 10) dead and injured from "non-hostile" causes.*

The actual total is almost 83,000 because the Pentagon chooses not to count as "Iraq casualties" the approximately 20,000 casualties discovered only
after they returned from Iraq -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 (3,904 as of Jan 2) and rarely
mentioning the 28, 822 wounded in combat. To further minimize public perception of the cost, they cover for the Pentagon by ignoring the 30,909 (as of Dec. 10)*** military victims of accidents and illness that caused
death or were serious enough to require medical evacuation, although the 3,904 reported deaths include 724 (up one since Dec 27) who died from those same causes, including 132 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 "non combat" injured is reported by Iraq Coalition Casualties

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