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The cost of Iraq

The death toll among US forces in Iraq has now reached 530. That is just ten times the 53 fatal casualties suffered by British troops. But as the Americans have had about 15 times as many soldiers on the ground as the average British force of some 9,000, the British casualty rate is 6 per 1,000 – half as high again as the American. This is a mystery, particularly as British deaths from “friendly fire” account for only a small part of the difference.

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