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Friday, August 25, 2006

Military Action Issue: ARMY STUDIES ACCURACY OF CASUALTY REPORTS



Review includes losses in Afghanastan, Iraq

San Francisco, California (AP)---The Army has begun a review of casualty reports on American soldiers killed in Afghanastan, Iraq and elsewhere since 2001, a response to complaints that it has not always given families accurate information.

CNN dot com
August 24, 2006

The review covers hundreds of casualties in the campaigns in Afghanastan and Iraq, two senior military officials said. It also includes Americans soldiers killed in neighboring countries in support of the two operations.

In coming weeks, the Army will issue a directive formalizing the review, according to two military officials. One spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because officers at the highest levels of the Army are sill making minor changes. The other described the initiative in memos obtained by The Associated Press.

The review follows high-profile mistakes in informing families of the circumstances of soldiers' deaths.

The best-known is that of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the one-time NFL star who quit football to join the U.S. Army Rangers and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanastan in April 2004. Tillman's family was originally told he had been killed by enemy fire.

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