Bomb attacks on US and Iraqi Army convoys reached a new record last month, one month after the death of al-Qaeda terrorist network leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, US press reports said yesterday.
More than 1,600 roadside bombs exploded last month, according to official army figures, and a further 1,000 were defused. This compares to 1,500 bombs in January.
"The insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures, with insurgent attacks at historically high levels," a senior US Defense Department official told the New York Times.
There was increasing support for the attacks among the Iraqi population, the newspaper reported.
Despite the increase in the number of bomb attacks, the number of US deaths decreased slightly from 42 in January to 38 last month, due mainly to better armour-plating for military vehicles and other security measures.
The number of injured US soldiers rose from 287 to 518.