BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Polish and Bulgarian troops battled Shi'ite militiamen in the Iraqi shrine city of Kerbala on Thursday as U.S.-led forces struggled to quell the worst violence since Saddam Hussein's fall a year ago.Speaking of casualties, and emphasis, michaelmoore.com was briefly featuring this photomosaic, titled "War President."
The United States said it might keep combat-hardened troops in Iraq longer than planned to help tackle Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim insurgents trying to expel American-led occupiers.
This week's intense two-front fighting has killed 35 American and allied soldiers and several hundred Iraqis. It has elicited U.S. assertions of resolve, but prompted signs of nervousness among some other countries with troops in Iraq.
As of April 8, 2004, there have been 645 American soldiers killed in Iraq. Even if flag-draped coffins don't appear on TV, it's safe to say that these deaths are pretty well publicized.
In contrast, even though the Iraqi body count is now above 10,000, the most complete listing I've found has "names and/or personal details" for only 692 (like "29 deaths; family of Metaq Ali; near Talil") and full names for only 468.
I know this isn't surprising, but I like to see these things quantified.