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Reporting on Iraq wounded

Posted at 5:44 PM on December 18, 2006 by Bill Wareham

Got an email last week from a listener who wondered why we don't report on the number of wounded in Iraq with the same frequency we report the number of dead. I replied:

The main reason we don't mention the number of wounded as often as those killed is largely practical - the information isn't readily available. The fatality count usually comes from the Associated Press, which is keeping a running tally. The AP is not doing the same with wounded. Every once in a while a number will surface, and when it does we generally do report it.

We do attempt to do a story on every Minnesota soldier who dies in Iraq, but our coverage hasn't been limited to obituaries. Here's a complete collection of MPR's war coverage.