Friday, October 05, 2007
Report on American War Dead in Afghanistan and Iraq
The evidence of the success in Iraq is contained in the half again fewer civilian casualties from the month before (which was half fewer than the month before that and about the lowest since the mosque in Samarra was blown up); and in the words of our generals, et al., over there.
Here is the breakdown. In Iraq, 24 were killed by IEDs. Nine were killed in combat operations and nine again by small arms. Eight were killed in accidents, most in a single roll over and 12 died from non combat causes. One was killed in what was only described as an attack. Thanks for the details, DoD. This is really much lower and better than what we've been experiencing for the last 6 months and a little bit of good news amid the tragedies.
In Afghanistan, three were killed in combat operations, four from small arms and only one from an IED. The Less-dreaded Taliban Fall Offensive certainly has not gotten into any sort of high gear. One died from non combat causes.
Three women died in the war, all of non combat causes. Hope that stops soon. Two captains were killed one of them a woman.