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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:43 AM
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CNN: Nine more U.S. troops die in Iraq; Reuters: 11 dead
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 10:50 AM by Bleachers7
Sunday, April 18, 2004 Posted: 11:16 AM EDT (1516 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Nine U.S. troops have died from combat wounds over the weekend, the U.S. military announced Sunday.

Since the start of the war, 698 Americans have been killed, 502 of them in hostile actions.

Three Marines were killed in fierce fighting Saturday near Iraq's border with Syria, the military said.

And three U.S. soldiers were killed Saturday when their 1st Armored Division convoy was ambushed near the southern Iraqi town of Ad Diwaniyah.

A seventh American, who was assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit, also was killed Saturday in fighting west of Baghdad in the violent Al Anbar province.
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http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/18/iraq.main/ind...

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&e=1...

Report: 11 U.S. Troops, Dozens of Iraqis Killed
41 minutes ago Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo!

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five U.S. Marines were killed in a day-long battle and six U.S. soldiers were killed in other clashes during a weekend of bloodletting across Iraq (news - web sites), a U.S. newspaper and the military said.

A reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper wrote that dozens of Iraqis were killed along with the five Marines in 14 hours of fighting Saturday in western Iraq near the Syrian border. There was no official confirmation of the deaths.

Marine intelligence told the reporter traveling with the Marines that nearly 300 Iraqi fighters launched an offensive, setting off a roadside bomb to lure Marines from their base and then firing 24 mortar rounds.

"It doesn't feel real. It doesn't look real," Lance Corporal Dustin Myshrall told the newspaper. At least nine Marines were wounded and more than 20 Iraqi fighters were captured and taken to the main Marine base near the western town of al-Qaim.
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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&e=1...
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:46 AM
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1. Reuters upping the tally to eleven
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:47 AM
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2. jesus christ
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 10:49 AM by lebkuchen
The wounded won't be going to Landstuhl. It's bursting at the seams.
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:05 AM
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3. Bush is an evil and insensitive man.
That's all I have to say.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:08 AM
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4. I just cannot believe this country will sustain approval of this war.
Particularly considering that this conflict is just getting worse and worse on its downward spiral.

:cry:

I mourn the loss of so many lives and so much hope.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:10 AM
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5. We're at 699 US dead (that we know of) now
Maybe round figures will ring some bells in America's foggy RW brains.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:12 AM
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6. How large the casualty count is going to be if we stay in Iraq?
How large the casualty count is going to be if we stay in Iraq while in pursuit of some elusive victory?

It doesn't matter who gets elected in November, if he chooses to keep US troops in Iraq, the body counts will continue unabated.
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Wright Patman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:15 AM
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7. Yes, but
we can't just cut and run or all the other countries of Southwest Asia will fall to communism.

Oops, wrong war.
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hadrons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:21 AM
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9. welocme Wright Patman ....
too bad the news is so horrible
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:24 AM
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10. Good one, Wright Patman!!!!
And, welcome to DU!!!!

:hi:
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:32 AM
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12. We can't cut and run until at least July
when W will draw down the troops and have a few V-Day type celebrations so he can get some good pics for the campaign. Then after the reselection, they can all go back and gear up for Iran and Syria.

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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:17 AM
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8. Blitzer just reported 700 dead overall now
:( :(
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:28 AM
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11. related article: U.S. Confirms Ten Combat Deaths in Iraq
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21437-20...

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Five U.S. Marines died in an ambush on the Syrian border, triggering a battle with hundreds of guerrillas and pushing the number Americans killed in combat this month to 99.

At least 25 Iraqis were killed in the fighting that followed Saturday's ambush in Husaybah, 240 miles west of Baghdad, the military said. The city's police chief was among the dead, a hospital official said.

Across Iraq, Saturday was one of the bloodiest days for U.S. troops since the latest uprising began April 4. Five U.S. troops were killed in guerrilla attacks elsewhere in the country and a sixth died in a tank rollover.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces struggled to maintain control of Iraq's highways. The military announced new closures around Baghdad that severed long stretches of roads into the capital from the north, south and west -- a reflection of the damage from a two- week guerrilla onslaught on U.S. supply lines.

...more...
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ultramega Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:36 AM
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13. How did it go from five to seven hundred so fast.
It's awful. Lunaville.org is my home page and I'm just stunned everytime I turn on the computer lately.

Lunaville.org is asking for donations now because their site has gotten so much attention.
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:48 AM
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14. "It doesn't feel real. It doesn't look real."
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 11:48 AM by Barrett808
"It doesn't feel real. It doesn't look real," Lance Corporal Dustin Myshrall told the newspaper.

That describes the unconscionable, delusional thinking of the Bush mafia.
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m-jean03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:10 PM
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15. Anyone know the daily average this month?
Is it close to 10? This is terrible, it pains me to ask this question
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:10 PM
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16. It's between five and six. Closer to six a day.
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