Sunday, November 30, 2003

104 Deaths for the Month of November

Two more American soldiers were killed and one wounded, bringing the total number of coalition forces killed in Iraq this month to 104. These deaths include 79 US soldiers and 25 other allied troops.

That's not including civilian deaths.
Also Sunday, gunmen shot and killed two South Korean electricians and wounded two others as they drove in a passenger car, apparently to a power transmission plant they were working at in Tikrit, South Korea (news - web sites)'s foreign ministry said. The workers' company was hired by a U.S. firm to lay power lines.

A Colombian civilian working as a contractor for the U.S. military was killed in an ambush on a convoy Saturday, the military said.


A military statement said the U.S. troops were killed when a task force from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was hit Saturday by rocket-propelled grenades and automatic fire east of the border town of Husaybah, 180 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Also Sunday, the U.S. military for the first time acknowledged that the single deadliest incident of the war — the collision of two Black Hawk helicopters in Mosul on Nov. 15 — may have been caused by enemy action. Until now, the military had not speculated publicly on the cause of the collision in which 17 soldiers died.

In Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the attack showed that the enemy was switching the focus of attacks from coalition troops to what he described as "soft targets, Iraqi targets, rather than military targets."

"It's an easier way for the enemy to achieve what he wants to achieve," he said. "We've said for several weeks that this is a clever, adaptive enemy."
[emphasis added]

Isn't it so much easier to give credit to the cleverness of our enemies than it is to question our own 'intelligence' or strategies? Apparently.


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