Least Deadly Month in Iraq Since Feb 2004

March Least Deadly Month in Iraq Since Feb 2004

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Casualties among U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq fell to their lowest level in more than a year in March, according to figures from the U.S. and British Defense Departments and the U.S. Central Command.

The data show 39 U.S. and coalition troops were killed during the month, the lowest toll since February 2004 when 23 died — the least deadly month since the conflict began.

Don’t expect to see the usual suspects in the media raving about this the way they do when the death toll is high.

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  1. Hal says:

    So does this count include Iraqis? ‘Cause, you know, they really should be included in this. Or so says Dick Cheney. And if included, I’m pretty sure the count is still stratospheric.

  2. Pug says:

    This is good news. I wouldn’t start raving about how great things are going either.

    It’s cause for cautious optimism and that’s about all. The news that only 39 U.S. troops died last month is good news only in comparison to previous months. It’s still 39 good Americans and an unknown number of Iraqis dead in one month.