11 Jul 2004


Yomiuri Shimbun

WASHINGTON--The number of deaths in the U.S.-led coalition since the United States launched the war in Iraq in March last year exceeded the 1,000 mark last week, CNN said Friday on its Web site.

Citing the death of a U.S. soldier from wounds sustained in fighting Thursday and other deaths last week, CNN reported that fatalities among the U.S.-led multinational forces in both combat and noncombat situations had reached 1,002. U.S. military deaths totaled 881.

There are no reliable figures for Iraqi deaths in the war, CNN said.

However, Iraq Body Count, a research group of U.S. and British scholars and peace activists, put the number of "civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq" at 13,118. The figure includes deaths resulting from terrorist attacks and inadequate health care and sanitation.