to Brig. Gen. John Allen, deputy commander of coalition forces
in Anbar, quoted by in USA Today article last week, the Marines
tracked attacks on the vehicles since January 2006. He said
there has been an average of less than one injured Marine per
attack on the vehicles.
There have been 1,100 attacks on coalition vehicles during
the period in Anbar, the heart of the Sunni Muslim insurgency.
Attacks on other vehicles caused more than two casualties per
attack, including deaths, Allen said. The Marines did not release
the number of deaths involving Humvees.
Pentagon casualty records show that of the 60 combat deaths
this month in Iraq, 35 troops have been killed by improvised
explosive devices. None was a Marine. At least 16 of the dead
were riding in Humvees, according to records and published reports.
IEDs are responsible for 70 percent of U.S. casualties in Iraq,
Pentagon records show.