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They don’t want good news, its blood and guts they want.
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That looks like a real reputable news source.
Yeah what do they know in Kuwait about what is happening in the Middle East?

KUNA = Kuwait News Agency

Heres the story as the website seems to be mired down with traffic:

Baghdad security crackdown seriously curbs killings of US soldiers MIL-IRAQ-US SOLDIERS

BAGHDAD, March 14 (KUNA) -- The rate of killings of US troops in Iraq has been on the decline, down by 60 percent, since the launch of the new security measures in Baghdad, according to statistics revealed by the Multi-National Force -Iraq Combined Press Information Centre.

Only 17 members of the US military in Iraq have been killed since February 14 till March 13, compared to 42 from January 13 to February 13; the rate was on the decline during the first month of the security crackdown, compared to a month before.

Two of the 17 soldiers died at US Baghdad camps of non-combat causes.

The remarkable decrease in killings among the US troops came at a time when more of these troops were deployed in the Iraqi capital, especially in districts previously regarded as extremely hazardous for them such as Al-Sadr City, Al-Azamiyah, and Al-Doura.

Meanwhile, US attacks on insurgent strongholds north of Baghdad curbed attacks against helicopters. Before the new security plan, many such craft were downed leaving 20 soldiers dead.

The US army in Iraq had earlier said that sectarian fighting and violence in Baghdad had dropped sharply, by about 80 percent, since the launch of the plan.

The statistics excluded US troops killed in other governorates such as Al-Anbar, Diyala, and Salahiddin.

As to the latest human losses, the US army announced Wednesday that two American soldiers had been killed, one in southern Baghdad and the other northeast of the capital.(end) ahh.

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Maybe this is a bit more reputable??

Some progress may mean hope for Baghdad - Yahoo! News

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Maybe this is a bit more reputable??

Some progress may mean hope for Baghdad - Yahoo! News
Matt Drudge posted that story this morning and he said this afternoon that he was receiving about 10 death threats per hour... The looney left truly WANTS the US to lose in Iraq!

And the dems are totally paniced that we might actually defeat the terrorists in Iraq: Democrats work to smooth Iraq tension - USATODAY.com

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Matt Drudge posted that story this morning and he said this afternoon that he was receiving about 10 death threats per hour... The looney left truly WANTS the US to lose in Iraq!

And the dems are totally paniced that we might actually defeat the terrorists in Iraq: Democrats work to smooth Iraq tension - USATODAY.com
ROFL. The hyperbole is thick today....

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The commander of Army forces in western Baghdad said today the new plan to secure the Iraqi capital appears to be working.
In his operational area, which includes the heavily Shiia Mansour district and the predominantly Sunni Kadimiyah neighborhood, Col. J.B. Burton, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said the number of roadside bomb attacks has declined sharply, including ambushes with explosively formed penetrator weapons believed to be supplied to the Shiia insurgency from Iran.
In January, Burton's unit saw 12 EFP attacks, decreasing to three so far in March. In all, 89 improvised explosive devices were detonated in his area of operations in January, down to 21 in March.


Video: Army Colonel Outlines Baghdad Security Plan

"The short-term indicators that we have seen based on the Baghdad security plan ... is having a positive impact on the security situation of western Baghdad," Burton said during a Pentagon briefing March 16.
The assessment comes as the debate over ending the Iraq war continues to roil Capitol Hill, with the Senate voting down a Democrat-sponsored measure calling for a troop withdrawal to begin in March of next year, and appropriators in the House passing a funding measure with pull-out stipulations of its own.
Though troops in western Baghdad are seeing progress with the new plan - which includes the establishment of neighborhood combat outposts manned by Iraqi and American troops - Burton admitted the lull in violence could be an "artificial" one, resulting from orders by Shiia militia commanders that their insurgent fighters disperse. He said it is still unclear whether attacks will increase with the end of Shiia religious celebrations this month.
With the decrease in Shiia-sponsored attacks, however, Sunni insurgents from al Anbar province are stepping in, he said, attacking Shiia gatherings and Iraqi-manned checkpoints with vehicle bombs.
"The Sunni extremists saw ... an opportunity to strike with much violence across much of western Baghdad. But that violence has been short lived," he said, adding Iraqi forces had intercepted three vehicle bombs on their own.
"There is an import of Sunni extremists in from the west which continue to cause violence which decreases the opportunity for locals to engage in governmental processes or even seek employment," Burton said.
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Wa-a-a-ay too early to tell.

Right now the various opposition groups are conducting intel and recon looking for appropriate responses. When they figure out a pattern they will strike with devastating effect. Blood everywhere and lots of wonderful video.

All of their violence is aimed directly at mass media. And it works every time. Look at the repulsive photos that some dickheads post here every once in a while. They self-righteously bath in the perversion of using the misery of others to further their political aims. And that works, too. Just a different form of terrorism. But without the unpleasantness of risking a damned thing.

IMO, we wont know whether this surge thing is working until we see how the new tactics and strategy respond to however the various terroristic groups advance their agenda. I figure 8 months, minimum. Concomitantly, the Iraqi government is supposed to be working on consolidating political power and command and control.

In the meantime there will be sporadic (at best) hideous assaults. At worst the various groups will resume where they left off. And that's how we will recognize failure. And dickheads will relish posting the photos here and elsewhere. 6 to 8 months, If we can stand it.

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Australia troops to stay till Iraq `terrorists defeated`
Baghdad, March 17: Prime Ministers Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq and John Howard of Australia refused on Saturday to set a timetable for the withdrawal of Australian troops, vowing they will stay until "terrorists are defeated".

"I do not want to put a timeline" on Australian troop withdrawal, Maliki said during a press conference with his counterpart whose unannounced visit to Baghdad was his third trip to the war-ravaged country.

"There has been some progress but we still wish the Australians to remain until we have completely defeated the terrorists," Maliki said.

Howard -- along with Britain's Tony Blair, one of US President George W Bush's strongest allies -- shared Maliki's view, saying: "We have made progress but there is still work to be done.

"I told the Prime Minister that Australia will continue its presence in Iraq to assist in bringing about a situation where the Iraqi people are reasonably able to provide for their own future and for their own security," Howard said.

"We both agreed that the future lies in collaboration between improved security and reconciliation in the political process."

Howard also met some of the 1,450 Australian troops serving in Iraq near Baghdad Airport shortly after his arrival and before holding talks with Maliki.

"We had very effective and detailed talks today on developments in the political process and the achievements of the Baghdad conference. We fully appreciate the Australian support in the fight against terrorism," Maliki said.

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