In last week’s spending request, the Pentagon said sniper attacks have quadrupled in the past year and, if unchecked, the attacks could eclipse roadside bombs as the top killer of U.S. troops. However, the rate of sniper attacks has dropped slightly in 2007 and fallen dramatically in the past four months, according to military records given to USA TODAY.
Pentagon officials acknowledged the mistake Monday after questions about the data were raised by USA TODAY.
“The term quadrupled will be removed from the justification because it is simply incorrect,” said Dave Patterson, deputy undersecretary of Defense.
In 2006, there were 386 sniper attacks on coalition forces, according to data from the Multi-National Force-Iraq headquarters in Iraq. Through Oct. 26 of this year, there were 269 sniper attacks, the figures show.
October 26th was the 299th day of the year, so that means that there is an average of 0.899 sniper attacks per day. Less than one.
Regardless of whether or not the number of sniper attacks is growing or shrinking, and regardless of whether or not all the advanced technology being rushed into service will help, the best counter to a sniper is, well, a counter-sniper.
And, as usual, I will insert a plug for AmericanSnipers.org. One good sniper can make a huge difference, more so now as violence falls than ever. AmericanSnipers.org makes sure that our marksmen have the tools they need to get the job done.
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A sniper from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment searches for enemy snipers from a rooftop in Rashid, Iraq, June 2, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Tierney Nowland)
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