Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Basic Statistics for Iraq April 2008

In January 2008, the first of the surge brigade combat teams returned to its base. Since then at least two more brigade combat teams should have left Iraq or been taken off line in preparation for departure.

The number of fatalities among U.S. soldiers in Iraq can be expected to lag any significant change in numbers or in the level of combat support. February marked the low point for monthly fatalities. March rose by ten to 39 and April was up an additional 12 to 51 – the highest number since September 2007.

Meanwhile, Iraqi deaths really soared, hitting 1,073 in April. Most of these died in the U.S.-led fighting in Sadr City against militias.

And tomorrow is May 1, the fifth anniversary of “Mission Accomplished.”

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