quasi in rem

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Interesting story from Reuters: "BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier was killed and seven were wounded in a mortar attack at a logistics base north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the U.S. Army said Thursday.

Four of the injured soldiers were returned to duty within hours after the attack in Balad, about 45 miles north of Baghdad, the Army said in a statement. The other three wounded soldiers were evacuated to a combat support hospital.
The death brings to 390 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in action since the start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq (news - web sites) almost a year ago. "

It is interesting for the objective use of the numbers.

For example this story from last fall states:: "Since Bush declared major combat over on May 1, 185 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action."

And this story "Eighty-one U.S. soldiers have been killed in attacks since President Bush (news - web sites) declared major combat in Iraq over on May 1 following the war that ousted Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), according to official U.S. figures"

Which both use the nonsensical date of "major combat operations" as a marker.

And this story from this January,: "Since the invasion, at least 513 US soldiers have died in Iraq, 355 in combat. "

Which includes both numbers in a story that invovles only a combat death.


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