Friday, August 1, 2008

Deaths in Iraq fall to lowest levels since the beginning of the Iraq war

Combat deaths in Iraq have fallen to the lowest levels since 2003. ABC News:

U.S. soldiers on the ground don't follow statistics. They follow their gut. And they can feel that things have improved in Iraq.

Joe Tyler of the 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Division says things have changed enormously since his last tour, in 2005, when his unit had multiple casualties. "I really don't have to worry, 'Am I going to come back today?'" he said. "I'll be back in a couple of hours; I'll be able to talk to my family."

Six Americans were killed in combat in the month of July, compared to the 66 combat deaths in July 2007. It is the lowest number since the war began.

With the improvements in security, President Bush announced on Thursday that troop rotations in Iraq will be shortened from 15 to 12 months.

"The progress in Iraq has allowed us to continue our policy of return on success," Bush said. "We have now brought home all five of the combat brigades and the three Marine units that were sent to Iraq as part of the surge. The last of these surge brigades returned home this month."
I wonder if the media will report on this good news the way they report on every "grim milestone" that comes along.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
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