Are we there yet?

In Iraq, the Army says attacks on civilians are up 80 percent over late last year.


Tim Grieve
May 12, 2006 5:58PM (UTC)

We're not sure whether this is "progress," "turning the corner" or just part of the "strategy for victory," but a top U.S. military official reports that the number of attacks on civilians in Iraq over the last 10 weeks is about 80 percent higher than it was late last year.

The rate of U.S. deaths in Iraq is also on the rise after several months of decline. Seventy-six Americans were killed in Iraq in April, and 32 have died already this month. Four U.S. Marines were killed today when their tank rolled off a bridge and into a canal west of Baghdad, taking the total U.S. death toll in Iraq to 2,436.

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Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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