Iraq by the numbersby Nikki Tundel, Minnesota Public Radio
A picture may be worth a thousand words. But sometimes it's the numbers that help us make sense of a situation.
St. Paul, Minn. — Fourteen people were killed in Baghdad today when a bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque. Two civilians lost their lives when a suicide bomber struck a police patrol in Mosul. And five died when gunmen opened fire on a minivan on its way to Karbala.
Each day, we're bombarded by the numbers coming out of Iraq. The number of troops killed or the number of insurgents captured tells us a lot about the state of the war.
But there are other numbers that can help give us insight into life in Iraq today.
Reporter Nikki Tundel put together a numerical portrait of the country 944 days after the capture of Saddam Hussein.