Nearly 2,000 Iraq attacks on UK forces in last 12 months
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
London, May 9, IRNA
British troops have faced almost 2,000 attacks in southern Iraq during the last 12 months, Defence Secretary Des Browne has revealed.
In a written parliamentary reply published Wednesday, Browne listed a total of 1,974 attacks between last year and April 14, 2007. The number is equivalent to more than six a day.
By far the highest was in Basra province, where there were 1,837, followed by 76 in Maysan, 36 in Dhi Qar and 25 in Al Muthanna.
The incidents were said to involve the employment of improvised explosive devices, rockets, mortars, rocket propelled grenades, grenades, small arms and other weapons such as petrol bombs or knives, but not the throwing of stones.
Browne said it was not possible to break down the number of persons killed and injured in each attack as requested, but according to Ministry of Defence figures, overall some 43 British troops have been killed in Iraq during the last 12 months.
The figures include 12 during April, the highest rate of fatalities suffered by Britain since joining the US-led invasion in March 2003.
In the first four months of this year, a further 28 soldiers have also been very serious or seriously injured or wounded, eight more than the whole of 2005 and only two less than in 2006.
Altogether, 148 British troops have died in Iraq since the start of the war. Another 169 have been very seriously or seriously injured, while 1,647 have been admitted for treatment to field hospitals.
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