blogenlust
9.05.2004

1,100 in August


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BAGHDAD, Sept. 4 -- About 1,100 U.S. soldiers and Marines were wounded in Iraq during August, by far the highest combat injury toll for any month since the war began and an indication of the intensity of battles flaring in urban areas. U.S. medical commanders say the sharp rise in battlefield injuries reflects more than three weeks of fighting by two Army and one Marine battalion in the southern city of Najaf. At the same time, U.S. units frequently faced combat in a sprawling Shiite Muslim slum in Baghdad and in the Sunni cities of Fallujah, Ramadi and Samarra, all of which remain under the control of insurgents two months after the transfer of political authority. [...] More and more often, children are lobbing the grenades, Ford said. Insurgents offer boys of 10 or 12 years old $150 to toss a grenade at a U.S. patrol, the captain said. "For the longest time, we've had a good relationship with the children," Ford said. "Now this. Who enjoys putting a bead on a kid? "Nobody. That's why they paid them."
No WMD. No ties to September 11, 2001. No ties to al Qaeda. No bin Laden. update:7 Marines killed in car bomb.