Thursday, April 29, 2004

Asked how many American troops have died in Iraq (news - web sites), the Pentagon (news - web sites)'s No. 2 civilian estimated Thursday the total was about 500 — more than 200 soldiers short.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was asked about the toll at a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee. "It's approximately 500, of which — I can get the exact numbers — approximately 350 are combat deaths," he responded

"He misspoke," spokesman Charley Cooper said later. "That's all."

American deaths Thursday were at 722 — 521 of them from combat — since the start of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Department of Defense (news - web sites).





Why should a chickenhawk care: it's not his or his children's lives that are on the line, right?

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