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17,400 US soldiers wounded in Iraq

The <i>LA Times</i> delivers a powerful report.
 
 
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If you haven't read it already, the L.A. Times has released a huge report on U.S. wounded soldiers in Iraq. Some of the raw numbers are staggering: 17,400 soldiers wounded -- 9,980 of those by IEDs. 110 attacks on American troops a week.

The online feature has a message board with a lot of praise for the journalists (photographer Rick Loomis and reporter David Zucchino) who produced this story, and some anger at the LA Times ' publishing of gruesome photos (sorry, no link -- it's a slideshow feature. You have to click on the Times' site) throughout the three-part series. The praise the commenters give for the good journalism ("The LA TIMES deserves a medal for this. Thank you so very much. I have a neighbor who's son is a pilot on these flights. Its way past time that the public is made consistently aware of the real price of this unnecessary and costly war!") ought to be incentive enough for the reporters at the other major papers out there to put out the hard stories on Iraq.

Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.