View Full Version : DailyTimes, Pak.: 16 US troops killed in Taliban attack -- are we given whole picture

Jul 20, 2003, 10:48 PM
link (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_20-7-2003_pg1_2)

Sixteen US troops and several Afghan militiamen were killed in two separate encounters near Spin Buldak and Urzagan on Friday night.

don't see it carried (yet) in any US outlets. then we've got this bit (http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/story.jsp?story=426191) from the Independent:
Faced with ever greater armed resistance to its occupation of Iraq, the US is admitting only a fraction of the attacks in the country against its forces, who lost another two soldiers yesterday.

do we actually have accurate figures for non-death casualties? an ex-MI5 chap i know was recently in a US military hospital in germany. said there is a huge number of american wounded -- way more than the WH is letting on.

Jul 20, 2003, 11:00 PM
Back on July 10, the Pentagon put the number of wounded in Iraq at more than 1,000 per CNN. How many did your friend count? 5,000? 10,000?

Reports of combat deaths in that part of the world are often less than accurate. Particularly ones that filter across the border. I'd say that the reliability of those reports are more than a little suspect at this time.

Jul 20, 2003, 11:12 PM
I'm very sceptical. Families in the US aren't easy to keep quiet for long, thats a major risk for the WH.

Jul 21, 2003, 10:53 AM
Any update on this?

Jul 21, 2003, 11:40 AM
Originally posted by macfan
Any update on this?

the daily times (pakistan) is still carrying the story. i found this (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/09/11/attack/main310701.shtml) differing report on CBS.

Attackers fired on U.S. and Afghan troops surveying the scene of a weekend battle in southern Afghanistan in which some two dozen insurgents were killed, the U.S. military said Monday.

No casualties were reported in the incident Sunday in Spinboldak, a town on the Pakistan border in Kandahar province, said U.S. Col. Rodney Davis, a spokesman for coalition forces.