Meanwhile, on a road near Fallujah, five US soldiers from the 1st Division were killed when a bomb exploded under their armored personnel carrier. This makes March the second most deadly month for Americans in Iraq since the war started. This an unexpected escalation of US casualties, considering that Iraqi police have taken over much of the responsibility for security.
It should be remembered that in a recent poll, 20% of Iraqis recently advocated violence against the coalition forces to resist the occupation. That translates into 5 million Iraqis. Obviously, what we've seen today is a good indicator of what that means in real terms.