Tuesday, April 17, 2007
... and counting ...
(Occasional sobering thoughts.) As the American Civil Liberties Union released details on civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as an Afghan human rights group charged U.S. servicemembers with an "excessive reaction" to a March ambush, casualties continued.
According to Iraq Body Count, as of today between 61,728 and 67,703 Iraqi women, children, and men have died in the Iraqi conflict -- an increase of 1,317 to 1,817 deaths in 2 weeks.
American servicemember fatalities, through yesterday: 3,309 persons. Total coalition fatalities: 3,575 persons. (That's 78 servicemember deaths since April 2, 26 of them Americans.) The stated number of U.S. wounded remained at 24,314 persons.
Still no source for Afghan civilian casualties. Military casualties in the conflict in Afghanistan stand at 380 Americans and 180 other coalition servicemembers, an increase of 4 and 10 persons, respectively, in the last 2 weeks.