Seventeen of the 25 U.S. military deaths so far in November -- 68% of all deaths -- have occurred in the provinces of Diyala, Ninevah, Salahuddin, and Ta'mim.
This is the first multi-week period of the war in which most U.S. military deaths have occurred north of the Iraqi capital.
U.S. Army officers tell IraqSlogger they believe insurgents are fleeing the U.S. military surge provinces of Baghdad and Anbar and moving to the north of the Iraqi capital.
Strikingly, not a single U.S. military member has died in Anbar or south of Baghdad thus far this month.
|US Mil Deaths||Anbar||Baghdad||Diyala||Ninevah||Salahuddin||Ta'mim||Total|
|in Iraq 11/1-18||0||8||7||1||5||4||25|
U.S. military deaths in Iraq have declined sharply in recent months, although more U.S. forces have died in Iraq in 2007 than in any other year of the war.