Iraq violence (January 2007 to May 2011)

On the first day of every month, the Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence release a toll of how many Iraqis were killed and wounded in violence in the previous month, and the figures for last month were the lowest this year, though not the lowest since the 2003 invasion.

Here is a chart graphing the oft-cited decline in violence in Iraq since its peak in 2007.

A chart graphing the decline in fatalities caused by violence in Iraq. (Data source: Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence)

A chart graphing the decline in fatalities caused by violence in Iraq. (Data source: Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence)

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