May – third deadliest month in Iraq

Pentagon has confirmed 110 fatalities in May with as many as 12 more as yet unconfirmed . The two deadliest months occurred in April and November 2004, when major US offensives resulted in death tolls of 135 and 137 respectively.

Not all has been bad. Anbar Province, a Sunni area west of Baghdad, has had nearly 50 percent drop in violence after tribal leaders turned against Sunni extremists and Al Qaeda. In May 2007, there were 400 incidents of violence or other attacks in Anbar, down from more than 810 in May 2006. In the provincial capital of Ramadi, there were 254 attacks in May last year, and only 30 this month.

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