Barring a New Year's Eve plane crash, 2006 looks like a slightly better year in Iraq for US casualties
...the year total of 816 as of Saturday morning, is on course to be slightly lower than last year's 846 U.S. fatalities.
The number of U.S. wounded also declined this year, from 5,947 in 2005 to 5,676 so far this year.
(We should also note that the majority of troops wounded in Iraq returned to duty within 72 hours.)
The headline above the story? Monthly U.S. military deaths in Iraq reach 2-year high