- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 4, 2006

The number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq fell to a 21-month low in December, while fatalities were down more than a third over the October and November figures.

In December, 274 servicemen were wounded, according to the Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index, down from 466 in November and 618 in October. Temporary lulls in violence caused by ceasefires during the December elections probably account for the decline.

The same is probably also true of the decline in deaths. In December, 61 U.S. personnel died, 50 in hostile incidents and 11 in non-hostile ones. That is measurably fewer than November, when 96 died, including 76 in hostile action, and October, when 93 died in 81 hostile incidents.

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