The AP has a story titled "Strykers Lose 10 on 1st Day in Diyala". I linked to it thinking Holy Crap 10 Strykers - that could involve up to 90 some odd guys. Then as I read the article I thought - well maybe they meant 10 troops killed. I finished the article and I thought - Do Whaaaat?
At one point the article states, "By day's end, one soldier was dead, 12 wounded and two Strykers destroyed." I did the math and could not get 10 out of it in any fashion. I continued to read and the article then states, "
The Stryker crew was trapped. One U.S. soldier was killed. All nine
other crew members were wounded, though six later returned to duty." Okay, well I count 10, but then 6 returned to battle so even if lost means wounded and out of the battle I am at 4. Now this accounts for one dead, 4 evacuated wounded, 6 wounded who are still in the battle and one Stryker vehicle destroyed. Still can't find "10 Lost". I continue reading and it states, "
The other Stryker was destroyed when a roadside bomb exploded as the
armored vehicle drove over it. The nine-man squad got out alive, three
with injuries." Now this is two Stryker vehicles, one dead, 7 evacuated wounded (assuming all the wounded in the second vehicle were evacuated), and 6 wounded still in the battle. I still can't find the "10 Lost" Then there is a quote from a soldier, "One killed in action and nine casualties. That's basically all of us right here". Now that is ten but it appears to be the 10 with one dead, 4 evacuated, and 6 wounded who returned to battle which was mentioned earlier. Wait but there was mention of a dog being shot, so maybe that counts as one of the 10 lost. So now we have one dead US soldier, one dead Iraqi dog (assuming that the dog died), 7 evacuated wounded, and 6 wounded still in the battle.
Is it "new math" or just AP shocking headline math? Again all I can say is "Do Whaaaat?"