Saturday, May 3, 2008

I admit, I've always had a trouble digesting "collateral damage"

The lives = collateral damage just doesn't feel right to me. Reading this in USA Today was not a great way to start the day. I am glad it appears there were no deaths. I hope the lost of the ambulances will not cause further innocent lives to be in danger. - MyMindIsFull

More than 20 hurt after missiles fired near hospital

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military on Saturday fired missiles at a target about 50 yards away from the general hospital in Baghdad's Sadr City district, wounding more than 20 people and destroying ambulances, hospital officials said.

Dr. Ali Bustan al-Fartusee, director general of Baghdad's health directorate, told The Associated Press that 23 civilians were injured.

He said no patients in the hospital were hurt, but that some of the wounded included civilians outside on their way to visit patients, and that around 17 ambulances were damaged.

Earlier, hospital officials said 28 people were injured; the reason for the discrepancy was not immediately known.

The missile were fired from a launcher on the ground, the U.S. military said. It said in a press release that it destroyed a "criminal element command and control center" with missiles in northeastern Baghdad — where Sadr City is located — around the same time Iraqis reported the attack near the hospital.