- MOSCOW - The United States
suffers far heavier casualties in Iraq than it officially admits, a Russia
military diplomat claimed.
- The actual U.S. military losses in Iraq may have reached
2,000 personnel, more than twice the official figure of 900, as Washington
badly understates its casualty statistics, a military diplomatic source
told the Itar-Tass news agency.
- "Official statistics do not include casualties among
non-U.S. nationals who sign up to serve in the American armed forces in
order to get a U.S. `green card.' According to reliable information the
share of non-Americans in the U.S. force in Iraq may be as high as 60 per
cent," the source said. "The real number of U.S. losses may be
as high as 2,000 casualties and up to 12,000 wounded," the military
- AP reports from Baghdad:
- United States forces launched a "precision attack''
on Friday morning against a suspected gathering of guerillas outside a
house in the volatile city of Fallujah, the U.S. military said.
- The attack did not kill anyone, but wounded five civilians,
including three children, said Kamal Al-Ani, a local hospital official.