Pentagon Reports Increase in Iraq Casualties

The Pentagon said there’s been an increase in casualties among troops and civilians since the U.S. led security push in Baghdad.

The report to Congress is for the February through May period. It said while violence fell in the Capital and in Anbar Province, it Rose in outlying areas of Baghdad and provinces to the north.

The report said the violence is mainly a result of illegally armed groups engaging in sectarian and politically motivated violence.

It noted that the prime minister had pledged that there would be no political interference in the security crackdown, but that Baghdad’s delivery on the commitment has been uneven.

The security operation was launched in February 2007. It’s still unfolding with the last of an additional 28,000 U.S. forces getting into position in and around Baghdad.

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