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U.S. reports more attacks in Iraq; more deaths than during active combat
(Robert H. Reid, CBS News, October 29, 2003)
The latest attacks, 233 over the last seven days according to the U.S. military, have driven the combat death toll during the occupation over the number killed before U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to active combat on May 1. . . . Their deaths brought to 117 the number of American soldiers killed by hostile fire since Bush declared active combat over. A total of 114 U.S. soldiers were killed between the start of the war March 20 and the end of April. . . . It was the first M1 Abrams main battle tank destroyed since the end of major combat May 1, military officials said. . . . In Geneva, the International Committee Red Cross said it would remain in Iraq, but would reduce the number of international staff, currently about 30, and increase the security of those who remain. The agency also has 600 Iraqi employees. . . . The Brussels-based humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, also announced it was pulling out part of its international staff from Iraq for security reasons. . . . Col. William Darley, a U.S. military spokesman, told reporters that American forces were now suffering an average of 33 attacks a day. That marked a dramatic escalation over the average of 12 daily attacks reported in mid-July. . . . The violence escalated this week starting with the rocket attack Sunday against the Al Rasheed Hotel, which killed U.S. Lt.-Col. Charles Buehring, and injured 18 other people, mostly soldiers and civilians working for the coalition. . . . Insurgents followed by the attack with a dramatic series of suicide car bombings Monday which devastated the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations, killing about three dozen people and wounding more than 200 in the bloodiest day in Baghdad since the start of the U.S. occupation.
posted by Lorenzo 12:26 PM