The number of casualties on both sides of the warring parties mounted as the ongoing Iraq war entered its fifth day, with most of them probably killed in air raids.
-- Soldiers killed on battlefield: Two US marines were killed on battlefront in Iraq on Thursday and Friday respectively; On Sunday, images of four bodies of dead US soldiers were shown on anIraqi television. The US military said that 10 US Marines were killed in the fierce battle near the city of Nasiriyah.
-- Soldiers died in accidents: Some eight British soldiers and four US Marines died in an accident on Friday as a US CH-46E helicopter crashed near the Iraq-Kuwaiti border. On the following day, seven crewmen, including six British soldiers and one US soldier, aboard two British naval helicopters that collided over international waters in the Gulf were dead; Another two lost theirlives when a British Royal Air Force plane was hit early Sunday bya US Patriot missile; One soldier of the US 101st Airborne Division was killed on Sunday in a grenade assault in northern Kuwait.
-- Although the Iraqi government has not released its casualty figure by now, yet the US military said on Sunday that about 70 Iraqi troops were killed near Nasiriyah. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about 2,000 Iraqi prisoners of war have been captured in the war.
-- A Jordanian taxi driver was confirmed killed in the first round of raid on Baghdad Thursday; Iraqi official said on Friday that all-night air raid killed three and left 250 civilians wounded; According to the latest reports, air raids on the southern city of Basra on Saturday evening caused 50 dead and 27 wounded; Iraqi officials, however, said on Sunday that 77 civilians were killed and 366 people wounded in the air raids on Basra; Iraqi satellite TV reported four civilians dead in the raids on Tikrit.
An Australian cameraman was killed in a car bomb near a checkpoint in northern Iraq; On Sunday, British main commercial TVnews service ITN said its reporter Terry Lloyd was believed killedin southern Iraq, while another two of his unit were missing.