Today’s Iraq death count..in the Green Zone.
A rocket attack on the U.S.-protected Green Zone on Sunday killed three American soldiers and wounded at least 31 people, a military official said. The strike came after heavy fighting in a Baghdad neighborhood that left 20 dead and more than 50 wounded in the worst violence here since a cease-fire was declared a week ago.
At least two rockets struck the sprawling Green Zone in central Baghdad, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information. A separate strike happened in southeastern Baghdad.
As I said earlier however..its just a blip on the screen. stay tuned for more fluff about Obama, Hillary and every other issue that doesn’t mean shit in the grand scheme of things. Can’t wait to hear Petraeus spin this shit when he hits the hill. And we wonder why one in four soldiers is suffering from anxiety, depression or acute stress, according to an official Army survey of soldiers’ mental health. From the WaPo writeup:
The Army study of mental health showed that 27 percent of noncommissioned officers – a critically important group – on their third or fourth tour exhibited symptoms commonly referred to as post-traumatic stress disorders. That figure is far higher than the roughly 12 percent who exhibit those symptoms after one tour and the 18.5 percent who develop the disorders after a second deployment, according to the study, which was conducted by the Army surgeon general’s Mental Health Advisory Team.
The Army and the rest of the service chiefs have endorsed General Petraeus’s recommendations for continued high troop levels in Iraq. But Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, and their top deputies also have warned that the war in Iraq should not be permitted to inflict an unacceptable toll on the military as a whole. “Our readiness is being consumed as fast as we build it,” Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army vice chief of staff, said in stark comments delivered to Congress last week. “Lengthy and repeated deployments with insufficient recovery time have placed incredible stress on our soldiers and our families, testing the resolve of our all-volunteer force like never before.“
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