US soldiers sing as they celebrate Easter with a sunrise service at Camp Victory, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 23, 2008. (AP photo/Dusan Vranic)
The cautious language of the report reflects the writer's awareness that the U.S. military does what it can to minimize the U.S. death toll. For example, dead contractors don't count.
Nor, of course, do most of the Iraqi victims. The Washington Post reports widespread carnage on Sunday.
Apparently this ghastly catalogue is only important enough to the Washington Post to be warehoused on page A9.
U.S. Army soldiers scramble out of a bunker after getting the "all clear" signal after a car bomb disrupted a sunrise worship service to celebrate Easter Sunday at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, March 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)