non-combat related incident

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NPR weekend edition Saturday listed the US soldiers reported killed in Iraq ending with this statistic: “one soldier died in a non-combat related incident“.   Non-combat related incident?   is this a euphemism for one or more of the following:

  • old age
  • cancer
  • accident  
  • friendly fire
  • murder

It’s the first time I’ve heard this lengthy phrase to describe a death.   When civilian deaths are reported the news normally includes some comment that indicates the circumstances by describing where body  was found,   in a wrecked car on the Interstate,   a burn’t house,    on the Green river bank.

non-combat related incident
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