BAGHDAD — Iraqi casualties in May fell by more than half compared with the previous month and were at a record low for the years for which statistics are available, according to figures released Sunday.
The statistics suggested that insurgents have not been able to sustain the onslaught of attacks they mounted in April.
The U.S. military toll, meanwhile, was at its highest level since September, with 24 deaths recorded. On Sunday, the military reported the accidental deaths of two soldiers, one in a vehicle accident in Tallil, south of Baghdad, and one from a noncombat injury in Tikrit, in northern Iraq.
The U.S. count included the deaths of five soldiers who were gunned down at a combat stress clinic May 11. One of their comrades, Sgt. John M. Russell, has been charged in the shooting. Other than that incident, U.S. casualties were in line with previous months.
According to Iraq's Interior Ministry, 165 Iraqis died in violence in May, 134 of them civilians and 31 of them members of the Iraqi security forces. That's down from 355 deaths in April, 290 of them in bombings that mostly targeted civilians. The toll also was lower than the 187 deaths in January.