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  • Greg Cannon
    ... http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=631173
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2005
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      --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
      > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
      > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
      > Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 15:53:18 -0000
      > Subject: [utepprogressives] U. S. Military Does Keep
      > Iraqi Civilian Casualty Statistics
      >
      >
      > Aid worker uncovered America's secret tally of Iraqi
      > civilian deaths
      > By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
      > 20 April 2005
      >
      >
      > A week before she was killed by a suicide bomber,
      > humanitarian worker
      > Marla Ruzicka forced military commanders to admit
      > they did keep
      > records of Iraqi civilians killed by US forces.
      >
      > Tommy Franks, the former head of US Central Command,
      > famously said
      > the US army "don't do body counts", despite a
      > requirement to do so by
      > the Geneva Conventions.
      >
      > But in an essay Ms Ruzicka wrote a week before her
      > death on Saturday
      > and published yesterday, the 28-year-old revealed
      > that a Brigadier
      > General told her it was "standard operating
      > procedure" for US troops
      > to file a report when they shoot a non-combatant.
      >
      > She obtained figures for the number of civilians
      > killed in Baghdad
      > between 28 February and 5 April, and discovered that
      > 29 had been
      > killed in firefights involving US forces and
      > insurgents. This was
      > four times the number of Iraqi police killed.
      >
      > "These statistics demonstrate that the US military
      > can and does track
      > civilian casualties," she wrote. "Troops on the
      > ground keep these
      > records because they recognise they have a
      > responsibility to review
      > each action taken and that it is in their interest
      > to minimise
      > mistakes, especially since winning the hearts and
      > minds of Iraqis is
      > a key component of their strategy."
      >
      > Sam Zia-Zarifi, deputy director of the Asia division
      > of Human Rights
      > Watch, the group for which Ms Ruzicka wrote the
      > report, said her
      > discovery "was very important because it allows the
      > victims to start
      > demanding compensation". He added: "At a policy
      > level they have never
      > admitted they keep these figures."
      >
      > More at link:
      >
      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=631173
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