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Iraqi death count rises as troop toll passes 1000

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Issue: 22 Section: International News Geography: Middle East Iraq

September 30, 2004

Iraqi death count rises as troop toll passes 1000

Amid growing Iraqi civilian casualties, the Pentagon announced on Sept 10th that the 1000th American soldier had been killed in the 18-month long occupation of Iraq.

Although the milestone was a lead story in North American media, American soldiers on the ground in Iraq tended to put the figure in context. Captain Gregory Wingard, of the 1st Infantry Division in Baqouba, told Agence France-Presse, "Sad as it is for those 1000 families and their friends, they're nothing to the number of Iraqis that get killed trying to defend their own families."

The Pentagon has not quantified the mounting Iraqi casualty rate, but an estimate culled from worldwide media reports by the Iraq Body Count indicates that the Iraqi noncombatant death toll is conservatively 12 000. Less specific figures based on US estimates suggest the deaths of Iraqi soldiers during the invasion, and resistance fighters since, have surpassed 40 000.

» New Standard: Iraqi deaths quietly mount as official U.S. troop toll passes 1,000

» AP: The uncounted toll on Iraqis

» The Age: Iraqi children killed in US strikes

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