Friday, December 5, 2008

Good News in Iraq: Attack Levels Lowest Since 2003

Good News in Iraq:

It's Good News When Even Good News isn't News Anymore

Outside of a few high-profile bombings targeted at public confidence, attacks in November fell to their lowest monthly level since the Iraq war began.

Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the No. 2 U.S. commander here, blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for a spate of bombings that has killed nearly 50 people in Baghdad and elsewhere since Monday. The blasts took place despite an 80 percent drop in attacks nationwide since March, Austin said.

At least 33 people were killed and dozens wounded in multiple bombings Monday against Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and Mosul. Another 15 died in blasts Tuesday in the northern cities of Mosul and Tal Afar and in the southern city of Iskandariyah.

One civilian was killed and five were wounded Wednesday when a magnetic bomb attached to a minibus went off as the vehicle was carrying Education Ministry employees to work in eastern Baghdad, police said.

Good news from Iraq was first sporadic, but has now become a constant over the last six months.

So much so that good news from Iraq is no longer much news at all.

by Mondo Frazier
image: dbkp file

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