Major Attacks Decline in Iraq

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070813/1a_lede13.art.htm?loc=interstitialskip

    Major attacks decline in Iraq
    Military credits troop increase, civilian tipsters

    By Jim Michaels
    USA TODAY

    The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50% since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.

    The high-profile attacks — generally large bombs hitting markets, mosques or other "soft" targets that produce mass casualties — have dropped to about 70 in July from a high during the past year of about 130 in March, according to the Multi-National Force-Iraq.

    Military officers say the decline reflects progress in damaging al-Qaeda's networks in Iraq. The military has launched offensives around Baghdad aimed at al-Qaeda sanctuaries and bases.

    "The enemy had the initiative and the momentum in '06," said Jack Keane, a retired general who is a chief architect of the increase in troop levels and mentor to Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. "We've got it now."

    Keane spoke from Iraq.
     
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    This is good news.
     
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    I hope the good news continues as I am now convinced that these United States will have at least 100,000 troops in Iraq for at least the next decade...unless our country literally goes financially bankrupt.
     
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