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19,000 Terrorists Killed In Iraq – Post Invasion

From USA Today:

19,000 militants killed in Iraq since ’03

By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

More than 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces since the insurgency began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time.

The statistics show that 4,882 militants were killed in clashes with coalition forces this year, a 25% increase over all of last year.

The increase in enemy deaths this year reflects more aggressive tactics adopted by American forces and an additional 30,000 U.S. troops ordered by the White House this year…

Since the insurgency began after Baghdad fell in spring 2003, 19,429 militants have been killed in clashes with coalition forces, statistics show. The numbers do not include enemy killed during the invasion.

The statistics, provided at USA TODAY’s request, were retrieved from a coalition database that tracks “significant acts.” Militants are identified in the database because they are linked to “hostile action,” said Capt. Michael Greenberger, a Freedom of Information Act officer in Baghdad. There is no way to independently verify the data…

The enemy casualty numbers also reinforce the one-sided nature of battles on occasions when militants attempted to directly confront American forces.

The deadliest month for militants was August 2004 when thousands of militia fighters loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with American forces in Najaf in southern Iraq. That month, 1,623 militants were killed. The U.S. military lost 53 troops in fighting during the same time.

What excellent news.

But isn’t it funny how none of our watchdog media never thought to ask the Department of Defense how many of the enemy have been killed before this.

They probably thought it would be too depressing for their side to hear. 

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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