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NYT: “US Says” Iraq Attacks At Feb ’06 Level

More bad news for the New York Times:

[New York Times caption:] An Iraqi soldier hangs a poster urging Iraqis to support their troops. Many Iraqis appear to be exhausted by the violence.

U.S. Says Attacks in Iraq Fell to the Level of Feb. 2006

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 — The American military said Sunday that the weekly number of attacks in Iraq had fallen to the lowest level since just before the February 2006 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra, an event commonly used as a benchmark for the country’s worst spasm of bloodletting after the American invasion nearly five years ago.

Data released at a news conference in Baghdad showed that attacks had declined to the lowest level since January 2006. It is the third week in a row that attacks have been at this reduced level…

[T]he figures added to a body of evidence, compiled by American and Iraqi officials, indicating that the violence had diminished significantly since the United States reinforced troop levels in Iraq and adopted a new counterinsurgency strategy.

The data released Sunday cover attacks using car bombs, roadside bombs, mines, mortars, rockets, surface-to-air missiles and small arms. According to the statistics, roughly 575 attacks occurred last week.

That is substantially fewer than the more than 700 attacks that were recorded the week that Sunni militants set off a wave of sectarian violence in Iraq by blowing up a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February 2006. And it represents a huge drop since June when attacks soared to nearly 1,600 one week.

American officials said other measures indicated that civilian deaths had dropped. Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, a spokesman for the command, said civilian deaths had dropped by 60 percent since June

These trends are stunning in military terms and beyond the predictions of most proponents of the surge last winter,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution, referring to President Bush’s troop reinforcement plan…

Of course this is just what the “US Says.” The New York Times will wait to hear the facts from Al Qaeda before they make up their minds conclusively.

Even so, they are clearly disheartened about prospects in Iraq. For them and the rest of the ‘defeat at any cost’ crew it is now “on to Pakistan!”

They will never give up trying to get the US to give up.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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