- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 8, 2006

In December, America lost 50 servicemen and women to hostilities in Iraq. In January, it lost 51, even though the total number killed in multiple-fatality bombings in Iraq — civilian and military, Iraqi and foreign — more than doubled that month.

“Much [insurgent] activity consists of bombings of soft civilian targets designed largely to provoke a more intense civil war or halt the development of an effective Iraqi government, rather than progress towards control at even the local level,” says Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in a recent UPI commentary.