The 'Surge' amd its effects

The AP releases some data, per the Detroit News.

Iraqi civilian deaths have fallen in Baghdad in the two months since the Feb. 14 start of the U.S.-led offensive, an Associated Press tally has found.

Outside the capital, however, civilian deaths are up as Sunni and Shiite extremists shift their operations to avoid the crackdown.

And the sweeps have taken a heavy toll on U.S. forces: Deaths among American troops climbed 21 percent in Baghdad over the previous two months.