Out of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded.
US military personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005.
The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate.
The DoD is deliberately reducig the figures.
A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones.
Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.
There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq.
We have received copies of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover AFP than are reported officially.
The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000.