Thursday, February 02, 2006

Iraq war still rages

Drew Brown of Knight Ridder provides a statistical profile of change in Iraq since last year.

Some highlights:

The first number is as of Jan. 31, 2005, and the second is as of Jan. 31, 2006:

  • U.S. military deaths: 1,415; 2,242
  • U.S. military wounded: 10,622; 16,606
  • Number of daily insurgent attacks: 61; 75
  • Estimated number of insurgents: 18,000; 15,000-20,000
  • Crude oil production (millions of barrels per day): 2.1; 1.78
  • Estimated unemployment rate: 27-40 percent; 25-40 percent
  • Percentage of Iraqis who believe country is headed in right direction (through Dec. 2005): 49 percent; 49 percent

Will these numbers be worse in 2007?

United for Peace and Justice along with Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Organization for Women, Friends of the Earth, U.S. Labor Against the War, Climate Crisis Coalition, Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund, and the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition has called for

in New York City on Saturday, April 29.

Sure, this mobilizing stuff gets old, but NYC in April is the place to be.

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