If Murdoc hadn't pointed this out I wouldn't have discovered the news from reading the headlines today- they continue the "situation gravely deteriorating in Iraq" theme. Actually, for US troops over there, things actually seem to be getting better.
The Marine deaths reported Friday brought the number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion to 2,996, icasualties.org said, with 816 of them occurring this year. Last year, 846 American service members died; in 2004, the figure was 848.
The number of U.S. wounded is also down this year — 5,676 compared with 5,947 in 2005 and 8,001 in 2004.
So while casualties and deaths are down the news is ignored. Heaven forbid that a major media outlet actually publish some heartening news from Iraq.