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Attacks Kill 10 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

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Posted on Oct 18, 2006

Today was one of the deadliest days this year for American forces in Iraq, where on average three soldiers are killed every day. So much for the administration’s claims that the presence of the U.S. military is bringing stability to the region.

BBC:
Iraq attacks kill 10 US soldiers
The United States military in Iraq says a marine and nine soldiers have been killed in Iraq, including four in a roadside bombing near Baghdad.

The blast struck the soldiers’ vehicle as they travelled west of the capital.

Three more were killed in the restive Diyala province, north of Baghdad. The three others died in separate attacks.

The deaths come as US-led forces in Iraq experience a surge in casualties in insurgency attacks; more than 60 US troops have been killed this month.

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By Bukko in Australia, December 13, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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Why shouldn’t they print the names? Is it something to hide, that these soldiers gave their lives? Is the cause they’re fighting for so bad that their existence should be swept under the rug? That’s treating them like trash, disposable items who can be ignored when they go away. Are you people ashamed of the troops?

The chickenhawks who started this war would like it kept quiet. Let’s have another thousand, 5,000, 10,000 die and not tell the American public. Keep feeding troops into the meat grinder and no one will notice when they’re gone. That’s what will happen if it;s kept silent.

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By Doug, December 13, 2006 at 9:21 am Link to this comment
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I am glad they dont post the names of fellow soldiers who died in action.

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By Cathy Bustos, October 21, 2006 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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My comment is on the media filming the deaths of our military service members. The reporters from CNN who taped our servicemembers being killed by insurgents should be tried for conspiracy and prosecuted.

The servicemen and women went there in the belief that they were protecting our country. We at least owe them the respect of not filming their deaths for the insurgents glory

My wish is that someone would do a news article about how the media aide and facilitate the insurgency and therefore contribute to the deaths of our children.

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By Lance, October 19, 2006 at 4:22 am Link to this comment
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Let’s bring the military units home and replace them with the Christian faith-based organizations we’re funding with Federal tax dollars.

Maybe their god can do what guns can’t.

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By craig Johnson, October 18, 2006 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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Ratio of Troops to Opposition Worsens Daily

The number of Iraqis in opposition to our troops and their armament and their relative organization have all increased vis a vis our troops. What we could have accomplished with 140,000 troops and, god forbid, a plan in place is long gone. We’ve given the opposition time to organize and arm which leads to the conclusion that our troops are more in harms way for each passing day.
With luck the Democrats can secure enough Congressional control in November to pry the hither to inept GOP leadership away from sole planning authority. This should free up the military to more freely disclose what needs to be done operationally and what results are most likely.

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By Bukko in Australia, October 18, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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You notice how they used to give the names of the soldiers in these stories, and a little description of what happened to them? Now it’s just a single line near the bottom of the story on the latest political developments with the Iraqi government (i.e. the quislings shuffling deck chairs inside the Green Zone.) U.S. troop deaths are no more than a punctuation mark in the daily “weather report” of Iraqi deaths.

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By harald hardrada, October 18, 2006 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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in the nytimes article, ‘today’ is tuesday the 17th—these ten deaths take october’s total to 69 according to that same article

dividing 17 into 69, we have more than four deaths a day

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