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Monday, November 17, 2003

Two more dead, two more wounded
In Iraq, that is. After seventeen die in a helicopter crash, the headlines get smaller and smaller for "just two" fatalities. While I've seen other news web sites start to report the total fatalities from George's big crime (about 420 now, I think), the Post is still using the lowball number, with an added twist:

The attacks brought to 162 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in guerrilla attacks in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1.

That figure does not include the 17 soldiers who were killed when two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters collided and crashed in the northern city of Mosul Saturday night. The U.S. military says it is still investigating the incident.

By the Post's reckoning, a soldier's death only counts if it happened in a guerilla attack since May 1 and the military is done investigating it.