STATS

Record Low for Iraqi Casualties

A brief spot of good news from Iraq: the Iraqi death toll reached an all-time low in May. The Los Angeles Times reports that 165 Iraqis died in May compared to 355 in April, and down from the all-time high of 3,462 in November 2006. However, the U.S. military toll reached an 8-month high of 24 deaths. The statistics suggest that the Iraqi insurgents are unable to sustain the mayhem they began in April. The low numbers have done little to quell the widespread fear that violence will return when U.S. forces finish withdrawing from Iraqi cities on June 30.