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    the choice of the next generation ... on drugs..., 2006-06-06 08:56:12 | Main | Another successful campaign..., 2006-06-06 16:51:20

    To return again to our previous discussion:

    The U.S. military has cut the number of Iraqi civilians killed at U.S. checkpoints or shot by U.S. convoys to about one a week today from about seven a week in July, according to U.S. defense officials in Iraq.

    The reduction in civilian casualties shows that months before the killing of 24 Iraqis in the western Iraqi town of Haditha came to light, the military was pushing to reduce the number of Iraqi civilians killed or wounded at the hands of U.S. forces. The drop since July, however, suggests that hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed at U.S. checkpoints or on Iraqi highways during the first two years of the war.

    That's awesome, how the checkpoint killings - and this is the first acknowledgement of them by the Pentagon, to my knowledge - are spun into apologalia for Haditha. Also demonstrated are two other facts that aren't news but worth noting again: they are doing bodycounts (only since 2005, as far as the checkpoints are concerned, and as pro-geneva convention groups predicted the counting brings the policy into account and reduces the collateral damage) and they've been lying to the public about it. Like they've been lying about the bodycounts of "insurgents" that when independently verified always seem to include the bodies of women and children.


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-06-06 11:55:47 CST | link





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