Nov 252004

As many as 15,000 soldiers who have been injured in Iraq have been left off the official casualty count because their injuries were not sustained as a result of enemy fire. CBS News reports while most of these injuries are not life threatening, "only 20 percent return to their units in Iraq. Among the 80 percent who don’t return are GIs who suffered crushing bone fractures; scores of spinal injuries; heart problems by the hundreds; and a slew of psychiatric cases." John Pike, director of a research group called, said these injuries aren’t included in the official count in an effort to "minimiz[e] the apparent cost of the war" and "sustain public support here at home."

Its Bushworld, so they can make the casualty count be whatever they want it to be.

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