Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Saturday, January 20, 2007
How's That Escalation Goin'
Not too well so far I'm afraid:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 20 American service members were killed in military operations Saturday in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in two years, including 13 who died in a helicopter crash and five slain in an attack by militia fighters in the holy city of Karbala, military officials said.
Update: I guess I should know better than to post the number of deaths before the day is over. Now the number is up to 24.

Update II: Juan Cole is reporting this today on the American deaths that are occurring in southern Shiite areas:
The killing of US troops in Shiite Najaf and Karbala has been a rare event since hostilities ending in late August 2004 between the American military and the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The resurgence of lethal hostility in this Shiite area almost certainly has to do with the ongoing US crackdown on the Sadr Movement.
Update ... more: When can I actually update the number and have it stand? It's now at 25.