What You Don’t – and Won’t – Know About Iraq Casualties


How many Americans have really been killed in Iraq? No one knows, because the Army won’t release information on private security contractors involved in shooting incidents. Yesterday a federal judge, ruling against a Los Angeles Times FOIA request, declared that policy was a legitimate means of keeping information from insurgents – even though the Army does release the names and locations of regular soldiers involved in shootings. This fits right into the Bush administration’s pattern of downplaying casualties, including tricky dodges like undercounting soldiers injured in battle who aren’t actually shot.

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  • Vince Beiser, a former Mother Jones senior editor, has reported from more than 30 countries—on troop training in Iraq, natural disasters in Haiti, and prison conditions in California.