“The pace of U.S. deaths could make October the deadliest month is two years,” reported the AP on October 23rd. The headline was duly repeated by countless broadcasters and commentators,
But this proved untrue. The 107 troop death toll of January 2005 was higher. By Monday, October 30, a corrected assessment clogged the airwaves: October 2006 was “the fourth deadliest month for U.S. troops since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.” (Reuters, Oct 30).