May is turning out to be a horrible month in Iraq.
The deaths raise to 71 the number of U.S. service members killed this month.
Worse yet, it’s part of a trend.
[US] Military deaths have been rising since fall, and the first half of this year has already been deadlier than any six-month period since the war began more than four years ago.
According to iCasualties.org, 531 U.S. service members have been killed since Dec. 1, an average of more than three deaths a day. In all, at least 3,421 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.