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Q: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: policajo-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 07 Nov 2005 05:55 PST
Expires: 07 Dec 2005 05:55 PST
Question ID: 590071
As we continue to lose troops in Iraq my question is for each US
soldier we lose how many insurgents are killed?

Clarification of Question by policajo-ga on 07 Nov 2005 10:42 PST
Thank You but I am looking for US soldier death -vs- insurgent.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 07 Nov 2005 08:35 PST
The insurgent death count is very hard to calculate.  It seems to
range from 5,000 to 50,000 depending on who you ask and how they
calculate it.

The issues in counting include:
Political reasons to skew the #s 1 way or the other
We don't always know if the dead person was an insurgent
It was US policy to not count the Iraqi dead up until recently

From the low figure of 5,000, that is 2.5 insurgents per 1 US soldier.
 From the high figure of 50,000, that is 25 insurgents per 1 US
soldier...  The truth is probably closer to the middle of the
estimates than to either side (about 10 insurgents per US soldier
perhaps).  But do keep in mind there are other dead soldiers who were
fighting along side the US (coalition forces) and there are also many
innocent lives lost in the conflice.
Subject: Re: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq
From: mongolia-ga on 07 Nov 2005 09:56 PST
Another really good question might be for every Ameican soldier killed
in iraq,how many iraqis are killed (innocent or otherwise)?

Do you think I should post this as a question?

Subject: Re: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq
From: politicalguru-ga on 07 Nov 2005 11:37 PST
Mongolia dearest, 

For our regulars, we even do some free gigs ;-) 

American deaths - 2047 
Other coalition deaths - 198 
Coalition deaths - 2245

Iraqis - between 26797 and 30163 


SOURCE: - Casualties. 
Subject: Re: Insurgent Deaths in Iraq
From: mongolia-ga on 09 Nov 2005 07:11 PST
Dear politicalguru

Many thanks for your freebie. In the brave new world of Thomas
Friedman's "Flat World" freebies are rarer and rarer and so it was
with great pleasure that I received your answer.

I am however curious why the "Lancet" number for iraqi casualities is so high.
(You don't have to answer this'  :-))



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