INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!… Attacks In Baghdad Fall 80%

For a war that was some said was lost there has been Incredible Success this year!
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki roamed the streets of Baghdad today visiting shops and checkpoints “to send a message to the terrorists that security is now prevailing.”

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) visits a shop during a tour in Mansour district in Baghdad February 16, 2008. (REUTERS/Iraqi government office)

Attacks in Baghdad fall 80% in last year.
Reuters reported:

Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen up to 80 percent in Baghdad and concrete blast walls that divide the capital could soon be removed, a senior Iraqi military official said on Saturday.

Lieutenant-General Abboud Qanbar said the success of a year-long clampdown named “Operation Imposing Law” had reined in the savage violence between majority Shi’ites and minority Sunni Arabs dominant under Saddam Hussein.

“In a time when you could hear nothing but explosions, gunfire and the screams of mothers and fathers and sons, and see bodies that were burned and dismembered, the people of Baghdad were awaiting Operation Imposing Law,” Qanbar told reporters.

Qanbar pointed to the number of dead bodies turning up on the capital’s streets as an indicator of success.

In the six weeks to the end of 2006, an average of 43 bodies were found dumped in the city each day as fierce sectarian fighting threatened to turn into full-scale civil war.

That figure fell to four a day in 2008, in the period up to February 12, said Qanbar, who heads the Baghdad security operation.

To demonstrate how life had improved, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki toured parts of the city on Saturday, visiting Iraqi forces and checkpoints.

“He wanted … to send a message to the terrorists that security in Baghdad is prevailing now,” one official said.


Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) cuts a cake during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Operation Imposing Law in Baghdad February 15, 2008. (REUTERS/Iraqi Government Office)

Iraqis held parades and ate cake yesterday to celebrate the success of the Bush Surge.
Sadly, this did not make the headlines here in America.

MORE GOOD NEWS… The UN has hinted that security has improved enough that the 4 million refugees will soon return home.

Neo-Neocon has more good news on the benchmarks, via Instapundit.

UPDATE: US officials announced on Sunday that attacks on the joint forces are down 60% from last year.

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