The Knight Ridder Newspapers analysis of U.S. government statistics shows the Sunni Muslim insurgency in Iraq steadily gaining on the U.S. military, the Detroit Free Press, owned by Knight Ridder, reported Saturday.
Among factors cited:
-- U.S. military fatalities from hostile acts rose from an average of about 17 per month in May 2003 to a current average of 82 per month;
-- The average number of U.S. soldiers wounded by hostile acts per month has spiraled from 142 to 808 during the same period;
-- Attacks on the U.S.-led coalition since November 2003 rose from 735 a month to 2,400 in October;
-- The average number of mass-casualty bombings has grown from zero in the first few months of the U.S.-led occupation to an average of 13 per month; and
-- Electricity production has been below prewar levels since October.
"All the trend lines we can identify are all in the wrong direction," said Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, a Washington policy research organization.