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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 11:01 AM
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UK soldier back from Iraq: You don't hear of the terrible injuries
Edited on Tue Jun-20-06 11:04 AM by sabra

http://iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0150swarksne...

You don't hear of the terrible injuries, soldier says
Jun 20 2006

A WARWICKSHIRE soldier who spent six months defending Basra Airport has spoken of his experiences in the war-torn city.

...

He said: "It was hard and tense because it is still a war and it is not improving.

"Two years ago it was quite peaceful, but things seem to be worse now.

"The worst thing for morale is the roadside bombs. Headlines may say 'two dead and others injured', but they don't say what the injuries are.

"These are very serious injuries. When you are hit by a bomb it is not like you just get a scratch.

"People get their arms and legs blown off, but that doesn't get reported."



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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 11:07 AM
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1. yeah, I read somewhere that 80% of injuries involve head trauma
Edited on Tue Jun-20-06 11:07 AM by jsamuel
combine that with limbs... :cry:
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 11:11 AM
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2. Head and Face Trauma
Blindness and disfigurement don't get mentioned as much as the missing limbs... All of it is so damn sad and needless.....
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 11:36 AM
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3. I have a feeling the Brits may report more on the REAL war
their press doesn't seem to be as cowardly as our's.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 01:22 PM
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4. Situtation in Afghanistan is similar...
"Manjit had completed a tour in Afghanistan in 2003, and said the situation in Iraq was similar."

:grr:
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genie_weenie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 02:08 PM
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5. It's 11000.
Everyone should know the number of serious injuries so when the Armchair Generals in Congress and the Evil Regime bloviate on about the limited number of casualties you can explain to those who will listen the true dangers.

US casualties (6/20/06)
KIA 2506
WIA 18490 (8501 non-RTD)

That's 11007 deaths and injuries so severe the serviceman is most likely in rehab or out of the service now. So remember it's not "only 2500" it's 11000. Of course this excludes the mental anguish, which to my chagrin I jave no idea how to figure out the number of young men and women who will bear the scars for the rest of their lives.

http://icasualties.org/oif /

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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 03:19 PM
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6. handsome family. I'm glad he's home.
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