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Yet More Bad News For Democrats

More good news from Iraq.... The Al Qaeda Ramadan offensive hasn't lived up to the billing.

Ramadan violence falls in Iraq

VIOLENCE in Iraq during Ramadan has fallen by almost 40 per cent from last year, the US military said overnight, despite a warning from al-Qaeda it would increase attacks during the Muslim holy month.

US military spokesman Rear Admiral Mark Fox said a "surge" of 30,000 extra troops into Iraq this year and the new tactic of moving soldiers into small combat outposts instead of "commuting to the war" from large bases had helped bring down violence.

"We are substantially below last year's level. As a matter of fact, in comparison to this time last year, about 38 per cent lower in terms of Ramadan violence levels," he said, adding that overall levels were still too high.

Al-Qaeda said at the start of Ramadan, more than two weeks ago, it would escalate attacks and would target tribal leaders cooperating with security forces.

On the other side of the COIN it appears al-Qaeda has begun targeting mid-level officials lately. (area Police Chiefs etc) It's getting harder and harder for them to slaughter civilians so they have tried a new tactic.

The impressive part however is that the MNFs noticed this trend is just 48 hours and have worked hard to put an end it it. That's the best news of all. Because as many of said of counter insurgency, "Whoever learns faster wins."


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Heralder:

Positive news, yes.

BAGHDAD - Deaths among American forces and Iraqi civilians fell dramatically last month to their lowest levels in more than a year, according to figures compiled by the U.S. military, the Iraqi government and The Associated Press.


Also in this story:

Over the weekend, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles

Ouch, I wonder what that casualty count is ratio-wise to their overall number?

U.S. aircraft killed more than 20 al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. command said Sunday.

I guess we've already killed all the smart ones.

Iraq's Defense Ministry said in an e-mail Sunday that Iraqi soldiers had killed 44 "terrorists" over the past 24 hours. The operations were centered in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces and around the city of Kirkuk, where the ministry said its soldiers had killed 40 and arrested eight. It said 52 fighters were arrested altogether.

A good weekend.

Another top terrorist bites... (Below threshold)

Another top terrorist bites the dust:

On Sept. 25, the U.S. military killed an Al Qaida chief deemed responsible for transporting foreign operatives to Iraq. The Al Qaida commander, identified as Abu Osama Al Tunisi, was killed in a U.S. air strike as he met his colleagues in Musayib, about 60 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Shortly before he died, Al Tunisi wrote a letter that warned of a threat to Al Qaida operations in Karkh. The lettter, found by the U.S. military, sought guidance from Al Qaida leaders amid coalition operations that hampered Al Tunisi's network.

"We are so desperate for your help," the letter read.


The full story is HERE.

Quagmire! We can't win this... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Quagmire! We can't win this war! No blood for oil!

Sincerely,

The ghost of Abu Mosad al Zarquawi
The headless corpse of Saddam Hussein

Don't get ahead of me Heral... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Don't get ahead of me Heralder. ;-)

Being a Democrat against th... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Being a Democrat against the surge is kind of like being a New York Mets fan this morning.

Oops!

Sorry Paul!:P ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Sorry Paul!

:P

I have another one "schedu... (Below threshold)
Paul:

I have another one "scheduled" but I was hoping another Wizbanger would put a post between them.

heh- go Jim!... (Below threshold)
Paul:

heh- go Jim!

Over the weekend, U.S. a... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Over the weekend, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters...

Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark.

Clay-- more important than ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Clay-- more important than the raw number is who we took where.

We got some big fish in important geographic areas. It was a big weekend for the good guys.

I wonder how long it will b... (Below threshold)
Lledowynn:

I wonder how long it will be before the left-wing trolls try to spin this as being not true, or being misstated.

Lledowynn: they don't have ... (Below threshold)

Lledowynn: they don't have to spin. They'll just move the goal post.

Or use circular logic:

Why aren't they going after bin Laden?!?!
followed by
If we get bin laden, another will just rise to take his place.

The ironic circularity that... (Below threshold)
kim:

The ironic circularity that I like is that we may be pounding bin Laden in Tora Bora as we speak.
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