Thursday, February 02, 2006

January 2006 Iraq casualties

Avg. daily military fatality rate (nearly all of them Americans): 2.1. December was 2.16, November was 2.87, and January 2005 was 4.1. Overall average to date is 2.33, same as last month. Total US dead as of today: 2248.

Iraqi monthly military/police fatalities: 194. December was 193, November was 176, and January 2005 was 109. Total dead: 4068.

Iraqi monthly civilian fatalities: 579. December was 344, November was 581, 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: American and Iraqi military deaths are somewhat low, civilian deaths in the medium-high range. News reports talk about increasing ethnic tensions - maybe groups are attacking each other instead of the authorities? I think we're still waiting to see how political negotiations work out in the new Iraqi parliament - that could change things in either direction, or maybe we'll just continue with the same violent level.

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