US casualty rate high since handover: Long guerrilla war is feared in Iraq

excerpted from 19 July 2004 | Boston Globe

by Bryan Bender

Since the June 28 handover of power, the 160,000 coalition forces have averaged more than two deaths a day, among the highest rate of losses since the war began 15 months ago. By Saturday, 36 US soldiers had died this month, compared with 42 last month, according to a Globe analysis of official statistics.


By Friday, more than 10,000 coalition soldiers had been wounded. In all, 893 Americans have died since the war began in March 2003, most of them in hostile action.

“We are going to see more casualties,” said retired Army General George Joulwan, who commanded NATO forces during the war in Bosnia. “The insurgents are using some very sophisticated tactics, particularly targeting Americans. You are seeing a much more sophisticated enemy. They are demonstrating coordination and a strategy that is effective.”

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