2,000 US Troops Killed So
Far In Iraq - Russian Expert

By Vladimir Radyuhin
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 diplomat said.
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.



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