Sunday, November 21, 2004

The price of Falluja

"The price for the Americans so far: 51 dead and 425 wounded, a number that may yet increase but that already exceeds that from any battle in the Iraq war". - Dexter Filkins, New York Times, 21 Nov

As for Iraqi and other non-US deaths, both fighters and civilians, the total figures so far not yet clear. Iraqbodycount.net (which only reports civilian deaths) has figures on the conflict this April, but not yet on the recent events (as far as I can see).

Essential reading: http://www.juancole.com/ passim.

One of the wider Iraqi tragedies - that acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the US-led an invasion 20 months ago (Washington Post, 21 Nov) - is sure to stoke further anger.

1 comment:

Hypothetical Question said...

The fact that the Iraqi count is "not clear" so far is very disturbing to me in the American attitude it exposes - I assume they are the ones doing the official counting.