Tuesday, November 30, 2004

at least?

Under the headline U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Ties Record, Yahoo reports that:
the U.S. military death toll for November equalled the highest for any month of the war, according to casualty reports available Tuesday. At least 135 U.S. troops died in November. That is the same number as last April, when the insurgence flared in Fallujah and elsewhere in the so-called Sunni Triangle where U.S. forces and their Iraqi allies lost a large measure of control.

On Nov. 8, U.S. forces launched an offensive to retake Fallujah, and they have engaged in tough fighting in other cities since then. More than 50 U.S. troops have been killed in Fallujah since then, although the Pentagon has not provided a casualty count for Fallujah for more than a week.
In other words, the number of U.S. deaths actually probably exceeds the number killed April. It only equals April if you don't count the last quarter of the month. Not a very fair comparison if you want to measure the increase or decrease of deaths among U.S. forces in the country.

(Note: quoting Yahoo news is dangerous because they regularly rewrite their articles, often erasing the bits I quote. As of 2:04 p.m., this is what their article says)