Avg. daily military fatality rate (nearly all of them Americans): 2.16. November was 2.87, October was 3.19, and December 2004 was 2.45. Overall average to date is 2.33, down 0.02. Total US dead as of today: 2180.
Iraqi monthly military/police fatalities: 193. November was 176, October was 215, and no stats published for December 2004 (January 2005 is when the stats started: 109). Total dead: 3890.
Iraqi monthly civilian fatalities: 344. November was 581, October was 465, stats begin in March 2005: 240. Note that the civilian numbers may be less accurate than others, but could still be useful in determining trends.
Comments: a better month than we've had in a while. Let's hope it continues.
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