Iraq war injuries are on the rise..776 of our soldiers wounded last month.
The numbers of U.S. troops in Iraq has surged to its highest levil in nearly 2 years as they fight block by block in Baghdad to try to rein in a crushing blow of sectarian violence that U.S. commanders warn could lead to a civil war..(excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusethefuck out of me..but aren't we there already???)
Last month, 776 U.S.troops were wounded in action in Iraq,the highest number since the miliary assault to retake the insurgen-held city of Jallujah in November 2004,according to Defense Department data. It was the fourth-highest month total since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
The large increase in American-wounded, with nearly 300 more in the first week of October, is a grim reminder of the degree to which the U.S. military has been pushed into the lead of the effort to stave off full-scale civil war in Iraq, military officials and experts say.Beyond Baghdad, Marines battling Sunni insurgents in Iraq's very violent western province of Anbar last month also suffered their highest numbers of wounded in action since late 2004.
More than 20,000 U.S. troops have been wounded in combat and 2,700 killed in the Iraq war.Although most of the media's reporting has been focused on the number of dead, military experts say the number of wounded is a more accurate gauge of the fierceness of fighting, because advances in armor and medical care allow many service members to survive who would have perished in past wars.The ratio of wounded to killed among U.S. forces in Iraq is about 8 to 1,compared with 3 to 1 in Vietnam.
The upswing in wounded comes as U.S. commanders issue increasingly dire warnings about the threat of civil war in Iraq, all but ruling out cuts in the current contingent of more than 140,000 U.S. troops before the spring of 2007.
Thousands of additional U.S. troops have been ordered to Baghdad since July to reinforce Iraqi soldiers and police who failed to halt..or were in some cases complicit in...a wave of hundreds of killings of Iraqi civilians by rival Sunni and Shiite groups.
The worsening violence in Baghdad has led some Pentagon officials to criticize decisions by the U.S. military since early 2005 to transfer responsiblity for security in large swaths of Baghdad to Iraqi forces while cutting back on American patrols.
What it boils down to is we that our soldiers are dying and getting wounded fighting a war that should be fought by their own people but are too corrupt to be trusted to do the job...and the results are the brave soldiers.
Thanks to blogger I was unable to upload(download?) any more pictures....couldn't do it last night and all of today...it really sucks...so I will add them later..because they need to be seen...