Thursday, November 11, 2004

Fallujah Casualties Question

Right now, the Centcom report for Fallujah casualities states that there are 18 US dead and 178 wounded from the fighting in Fallujah. This is a ratio of 10 wounded for every fatality. This got me scratching my head because using the data at Iraq Coalition Casualities the typical ratio of wounded to dead US troops is 7.3:1. Does urban warfare increase the number of wounds inflicted while inflicting proportionally fewer fatal wounds?

I am looking back at April 2004 wounded:fatal data and the ratio was 6.1 wounded for every fatality, including non-combat deaths. This was the period of the most intense urban fighting in Fallujah, Ramadi and the Shi'ite shrine cities. The fighting from Aug. 12 to Aug 30 (the height of the fighting in Najaf) produced a wounded:fatality ratio of 14:1... so is something going on here, or does urban warfare increase the number of less than lethal wounds?

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