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Iraq War Casualty Report as of 11/25/2008
US military occupation forces in Iraq suffered eight combat casualties casualties in the five days ending Nov. 25 as the official casualty total rose to at least 69,664. The total includes 34,233 dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and more than 35,431 dead and medically evacuated (as of Nov. 1) from "non-hostile" causes.*
The actual total is over 89,000 because the Pentagon chooses not to count as "Iraq casualties" the more than 20,000 veterans whose injuries-mainly brain trauma from explosions--were diagnosed only after they had left Iraq..**
US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by occasionally reporting only the total killed (4,206 as of Nov. 25) but rarely mentioning the 30,840 wounded in combat. To further minimize public perception of the cost, they cover for the Pentagon by ignoring the 34,618 (as of Nov. 12)*** military victims of accidents and illness serious enough to require medical air evacuation, although the 4,203 reported deaths include 813 (up three) who died from those same causes, including at least 16 (just raised from 13) from faulty electrical work by KBR and 145 suicides (suicides last updated March 1).
* The number of wounded is updated weekly (usually Tuesdays) by the Pentagon here.
** see USA Today, Nov. 23, 2007 (no online link available)
*** the number of "non combat" injured was reported by the Pentagon here.