August 2, 2010
BAGHDAD — The US military on Sunday took the unusual step of refuting Iraqi figures released a day earlier which showed July was the single deadliest month in the war-torn country since May 2008.
The American decision to release their own toll came after the Iraqi figures showed a sharp upswing in the level of violence nearly five months after parliamentary elections which have yet to result in the formation of a new government and as the United States carries out a major troop withdrawal.
While overall casualty tolls are compiled by Iraq’s ministries of health, interior and defence and released every month, the US military usually does not publicly contest them.
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