U.S. death in March is twice Iraq forces

The U.S. military death toll in March was nearly twice that of the Iraqi army, according to figures compiled.

U.S. death in March is twice Iraq forces

The U.S.military death toll in March was nearly twice that of the Iraqi army, accordingto figures compiled on Saturday.

The Associated Press count of U.S. military deaths for the monthwas 81, including a soldier who died from non-combat causes Friday. Figurescompiled from officials in the Iraqi ministries of Defense, Health and Interiorshowed the Iraqi military toll was 44. The Iraqi figures showed that 165 Iraqipolice were killed in March. Many of the police serve in paramilitary units.

According to the AP count 3,246 U.S.service members have died in Iraqsincethe war began in March 2003.

At least 83 American forces died in January and 80 in February, according tothe AP tabulation.

The Iraqi figures were gathered from officials who released them oncondition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give out thenumbers.

Additionally, the Iraqi ministry figures listed 1,872 Iraqi civilian deathsfor the month, about 300 more than the AP tabulation, which is mainly gatheredfrom daily police reports nationwide.

The civilian death toll for the month was down significantly from 2,172 inDecember, the highest month casualty figure since the AP began keeping recordsof civilian deaths in April 2005.

However, the number of civilians killed in March was in the same range asfor the first two months of this year; 1,604 in January and 1,552 in February,according to the AP count.

Nearly a third of the Iraqi civilian deaths, more than 500 people, wherekilled in three big bomb attacks in the last week of the month and revengekillings of men in Tal Afar the night after a market was bomb in the northwestIraqi city.

The AP count is three higher than the Defense Department's tally, lastupdated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.

The British military has reported 134 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18;Poland, 19; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El Salvador,five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each;and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, one death each.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16