by D. Cupples | The Associated Press reported that 2007 was the U.S. Military's "deadliest year" in Iraq: as of Sunday, 899 U.S. troops have died -- the highest number since 2003. The next highest was in 2004, when 850 died. This year, U.S. troop deaths peaked in May, at 126.
It was also a deadly year for Iraqi civilians, with 18,610 killed in 2007, up from 13,813 in 2006. This came amid reports that some analysts believe our war effort has been successful: that violence in Iraq declined in the second half of 2007. The AP reports: