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US Ramping up Air Strikes on Iraq- Creating More Civilian Deaths-And More Americans Discouraged
 


6 June 2007 at 10:04:17 AM
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Count me among those who WANT TO SEE THIS IRAQ DEBACLE ENDED... along with all troops out of Iraq... immediately.. .and not left behind to do *other things*. Military deaths are now at 3495

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But of course the military doesn't track Iraq casualties.

Four years into the war that opened with "shock and awe," U.S. warplanes have again stepped up attacks in Iraq, dropping bombs at more than twice the rate of a year ago.

The air power escalation parallels a nearly four-month-old security crackdown that is bringing 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Baghdad and its surroundings to restore order to an area riven with sectarian violence.

It also appears to be accompanied by a rise in Iraqi civilian casualties.

In the first 4½ months of 2007, American aircraft dropped 237 bombs and missiles in support of ground forces in Iraq, already surpassing the 229 expended in all of 2006, according to U.S. Air Force figures obtained by The Associated Press.

The Air Force report did not break down the specific locations in Iraq where bombings have been stepped up.

A second U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on station since February in the Persian Gulf has added some 80 warplanes to the U.S. air arsenal in the region.

At the same time, the number of civilian Iraqi casualties from U.S. air strikes appears to have risen sharply, according to Iraq Body Count, a London-based, anti-war research group.

The rate of such reported civilian deaths appeared to climb steadily through 2006.


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