Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Halfway through February

Popped over to Global Security to check out whether how the Iraq elections have affected the US military casualty figures.

January, the month of the elections, was as expected pretty appalling: 107 killed and 789 wounded. The good news is that there has been a dramatic improvement in January. So far this month there have been only 21 deaths and 101 injuries. Global Security extrapolates to a figure of 42 deaths for the full month, which would make it the lowest monthly toll since last June, and one of the lowest since the war began.

It's obviously far too early to jump to conclusions, but we can at least take heart from the improvement. (Strangely, the casualty figure in February 2004 was extremely low - just 19. Is there a reason for this?)