Upsurge in "noncombat" deaths among US troops

Report Confirms ‘E&P’ Claims of Upsurge in ‘Noncombat’ Deaths Among U.S. Troops
By E&P Staff
Published: October 16, 2007 11:00 PM ET

NEW YORK For several weeks, E&P has documented what appears to be a surge in non-combat deaths among U.S. troops in Iraq. These fatalities come from vehicle accidents, illness, suicides and friendly fire. The military always states that they are under investigation and it is local newspapers that usually first get word, often from families, about what might have really happened.

Now today comes confirmation of these concerns.

A team of U.S. army safety experts are in Iraq studying this trend, which has coincided with extended 15-month deployments for troops, a senior military official said this week.

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