US auditor queries military Iraq casualty figures, Yahoo! News, Sep 7, 2007
An independent US government auditor on Friday cast doubt on US military statistics expected to show a huge dip in sectarian violence in Iraq under the current troop surge strategy.
Comptroller General David Walker said there was a "significant difference" of approach between the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which he heads, and Pentagon evaluations of violence in Iraq….
"We could not get comfortable with (the military’s) methodology for determining what’s sectarian versus nonsectarian violence," Walker told senators….
Walker was unable to go into further details, as the rest of the GAO’s conclusions in the report on sectarian violence have been declared secret by the Pentagon, and urged senators to read the classified version of the study.
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