US Iraq bodycount surges

US deaths in post-war Iraq number at least 93, not 38, if non-combat deaths are taken into account.

    US soldiers patrol in Mosul

    The higher toll includes deaths from drowning, traffic accidents and “non-hostile” gunshot wounds, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count Web site.

    If the larger figure is to be believed, the total number of US troops who have met their deaths on Iraqi soil since the start of the war on Iraq stands at 224.

    The number of dead is 50 percent higher than in the Gulf War of 1991.

    The Web site uses as its source a combination of official Pentagon and CENTCOM press releases, reports from the Army Times and CNN casualty figures.

    Suicides

    Some 70 percent of deaths since the end of major fighting in the Middle Eastern country on May 2 have been of soldiers aged between 18-30 years, though a number of 40-50 year olds have also perished. 

    Some have died of “natural causes” according to official statements, while others in “vehicle accidents.”

    As many as five possible suicides have been reported by commanders in the field. One soldier, listed as unkown, died on 13 July after a “non-hostile gunshot incident,” the site said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

    On the anniversary of UN Resolution 242, Al Jazeera explores the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Robert Mugabe: Portrait of a presidency

    Some key moments in the life of the man who led his country from independence in 1980 until November 21, 2017.

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    When is Thanksgiving Day and why is it celebrated?

    In the US, Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on Thursday, November 23.