John on November 11, 2007 at 4:16 pm
That’s the news from Iraq today:
The number of bombings and suicide attacks has dropped dramatically in the Iraqi capital, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday. Meanwhile, a roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in eastern Baghdad, killing a 12-year-old girl and wounding four other Iraqis, police said.
Al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, told reporters that “terrorist acts” including car bombings and suicide attacks have dropped 77% from last year’s high, a sign that Sunni-Shiite violence “is closed now.”
“When the sectarian strife is over, then I will not fear the gangs who are running between the provinces,” al-Maliki said, an apparent reference to al-Qaeda and other Sunni religious extremists that have been driven from the capital.
“The majority of these terrorists are fleeing to nearby countries, and I warned our brothers in the Islamic and Arab countries to be aware in order that they not harm these countries,” he said.
Al-Maliki said he was considering an amnesty for those “who were lured or committed some crimes,” although he added that the move would not include those “convicted of killings or bombings.”
It sounds as if the civil war is ended and US saber rattling at Iran has had an effect. No doubt the Bush administration deserves blame for not adopting this strategy (the surge) a year or more earlier. It seems to me there have been calls for more troops almost since we entered Iraq. That said, we are on course now and it’s time to tone down the forecasts of gloom and take notice of a new reality on the ground.
We may yet accomplish our goals in Iraq.
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