Last Throes

From Holden:

The AP counts…

479 car bombs in Iraq since the handover of sovereignty on June 28, 2004…At least 2,174 people have been killed and 5,520 have been wounded.

They also provide helpful monthly statistics:

June 28-30, 2004: 2 car bombs; 9 killed; 2 wounded.

July 2004: 11 car bombs; 139 killed; 303 wounded.

August 2004: 12 car bombs; 44 killed; 175 wounded.

September 2004: 26 car bombs; 202 killed; 667 wounded.

October 2004: 43 car bombs; 149 killed; 392 wounded.

November 2004: 48 car bombs; 165 killed; 414 wounded.

December 2004: 27 car bombs; 196 killed; 424 wounded.

January 2005: 43 car bombs; 237 killed; 420 wounded.

February 2005: 30 car bombs; 252 killed; 339 wounded.

March 2005: 36 car bombs; 98 killed; 281 wounded.

April 2005: 65 car bombs; 173 killed; 568 wounded.

May 2005: 77 car bombs; 317 killed; 896 wounded.

June 1-23, 2005: 59 car bombs; 193 killed; 639 wounded.

“The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.”

Dick Cheney, June 20, 2005.