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Half of Gaza war dead 'were civilians' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Half of Gaza war dead 'were civilians' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "The figures issued by the B'Tselem organisation were broadly in line with those in reports published by groups such as Amnesty International and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights after the 22-day Israeli offensive ended in January.

In a new report, B'Tselem said 1,387 Palestinians were killed in the war - 773 civilians, 330 combatants, 248 Hamas policemen and 36 people whom the group was unable to classify as combatants or non-combatants.

B'Tselem said among the civilian dead were 320 minors under the age of 18.

The Israeli military has said 1,166 Palestinians were killed during the offensive it dubbed Operation Cast Lead - 709 combatants, 295 civilians and 162 people whose status it was unable to clarify.

In a statement, B'Tselem said its researchers had visited Gaza homes to take witness testimony and collect documents to arrive at its casualty figures. It called …

The Raw Story » US actually increasing personnel in Iraq: More contractors, fewer troops

The Raw Story » US actually increasing personnel in Iraq: More contractors, fewer troops: "Well, its soldiers are. But not civilian contractors. Despite President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw US troops from the war-torn country, the US is planning to award contracts to protect US installations at a cost to taxpayers that could near $1 billion.

In fact, the Multi-National Force-Iraq just awarded $485 million in contracts just last week, while Congress enjoyed its summer recess. Five firms will handle private security deals to provide security for US bases. It's a neat rhetorical loophole that will allow US officials to say that the country has withdrawn from Iraq, while its contractors remain."