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THE number of US troops injured in Iraq is almost four times higher than the White House admits, it was claimed last night.

More than 11,000 have returned for treatment, according to officials at the country's largest army medical centre.

But US politicians say it is more like 3,000 - although no official figure has been released.

Channel 4 reporter Jonathan Miller uncovered the disparity. He met troops at the Walter Reed Medical Centre not registered injured because they had been hit by friendly fire, hurt in accidents or had psychological problems. The government had been "extremely economical with the truth", he said last night.

-PENTAGON officials censor press cuttings to ensure US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sees only good news about Iraq, an unnamed source told The Washington Post.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2004
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