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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:05 AM
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(Baghdad's)U.S. hospital scrambles to treat Falluja casualties

At Baghdad's main U.S. combat hospital, medical staff have been working round the clock to treat American and Iraqi troops as well as insurgents bloodied in the U.S.-led assault.

"We've been very busy this last week or so since the start of the Falluja campaign," said Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Poffenbarger, a neurosurgeon who took a few minutes off from his work in the intensive care unit to talk to Reuters.

"It's about half and half American and Iraqi casualties. Some of the Iraqis are friendly, but some are not."


Troops wounded in Falluja are evacuated from the battle zone by helicopter to hospitals in Baghdad or Balad, a base north of the capital. From there, some casualties are flown to the United States' main European military hospital in Germany.

Most of those destined for Landstuhl leave the Baghdad combat hospital in a day or two.
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