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44 American soldiers killed in April making it worst in seven months
28/04/2008 23:25:00

Baghdad (NINA) The month of April crossed the barrier of 40 Americans killed, making it the worst for the American forces in the last seven months, according to Pentagon's counts.

After increase in American casualties in May, June and July of last year (104, 126 and 101 consecutively) American casualties greatly reduced, starting form October, 38 killed, November 37, January 40, February 29 and March 39, then came the current month of April to record, two days before ending 44 casualties, which is the largest number of the last seven months.

The month of February 2004 was the lowest in American casualties, 20 killed, followed by last December, 23 killed, while the monthly average is 71 killed.

November 2004 had the largest number of American casualties during the fierce fights in Falluja with 137 killed.

The month of April 2004 comes second in number of casualties, with 135 killed.

May 2007 obtains third in number of American casualties, 126 killed.

For the current month of April, Baghdad has the largest number of American casualties after a decline resulted from the new American plan of massing increasing number of troops and cleaning many hot area forcing armed groups to flee north toward Niniveh province.

Baghdad's share of American casualties in April is, so far 24 killed, more than have of the month's total, including two killed in the highly fortified Green Zone where American and British Embassies and government offices are located, resulted from Mortar attacks launched at it from various parts of the capital; then comes Salah-Al-Din province, with 7 killed, followed by Anbar, 4 killed, then Diyala 2 and Babil and Basra one each; while three soldier serving in Iraq are killed in Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai.

During the current month of April no British casualties reported because British forces withdrew to their bases, leaving Iraqi force to face alone the militias; while the Charge of Knights continue in Basra for the last 24 days. The last British solder killed was on 25 of last March.

None of the other coalition forces reported killed since 3 November when one Polish soldier was killed. / End.

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