Iraqi Civilian Deaths Spike in August

Almost half the 1,809 casualties killed in a single day
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2007 10:49 AM CDT
An Iraqi woman is helped as she mourns dead relatives in the village of al-Jazeera, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Mosul, Iraq Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007. In a string of coordinated suicide truck bombings,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – August was the second deadliest month for Iraqi civilians since the US troop surge began, the AP reports, with almost half the deaths occurring on just one disastrous day. At least 1,809 Iraqis were killed last month, compared to 2,100 in December, just before the surge began. On August 14, four suicide bombings killed 520 people in the war’s single deadliest day.

The number of killed coalition troops dropped slightly last month to 85 from 88 in July. AP calculates the average rate of coalition deaths per day at 2.74, the second lowest since the surge began, down from a peak of 4.23 per day in May. US officials have been trumpeting declining troop casualties ahead of a series of reports to Congress on Iraq’s progress that could decide the fate of the war.