Sunday, January 09, 2005

Iraq Update

By the time President Bush declared an end to "major combat operations" on May 1, 2003, 140 Americans had been killed in action. Since then, 1,213 Americans have died in combat in Iraq. According to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, the total now stands at 1,353 killed and 10,252 wounded in Iraq since the beginning of the war. Seven American troops were killed in a single roadside bomb explosion on Friday.

Determining how many Iraqis have died remains a matter of conjecture or statistical analysis. However, the United States admitted yesterday that a 500-pound bomb was mistakenly dropped on a residence near Mosul killing at least five "possibly innocent" people. The owner of the house claims that fourteen people were killed, including seven children.