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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Its not unrealistic to assume 70k + are dead... the US has been very tightlipped about procedures and stats
'' we dont do body counts '' I think applies more so to the allied deaths than enemy.......
Originally posted by wardk28
I think some people are skipping the posts about the 73,846 deaths being over a 17 year period and not during the Iraq War. Repeat all deaths not from the Iraq War.
Originally posted by timeless test
OK, one more time.
The deaths listed in the document are those of all individuals who have ever served in the US military since Gulf War I up to the beginning of Gulf War II. The deaths include combat deaths but none of the statistics indicate how anyone died and the report does not indicate 10k combat deaths. They simply split the deaths between people who served in the conflict, those who were deployed but were not involved in the conflict period, and those who never went anywhere near the Gulf but there is nothing to indicate if the deaths were combat related either directly or otherwise.
The 78k deaths come from a total service population of around 6.7 million individuals which is a mortality rate of around 1% over a seventeen year period. Is that significant? Don't know, you'd need to ask an actuary.
After reading the report with any care you are forced to the inevitable conclusion that the "gentleman" who wrote the original article was fully aware of the meaning of the data and has deliberately distorted it for effect.
...and he probably complains about Government lies. Oh the irony.