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Attacks in Baghdad fall 80 percent: Iraq military
Yahoo / AP ^ | February 16, 2008 | Aws Qusay

Posted on 02/16/2008 2:53:31 PM PST by faq

Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen up to 80 percent in Baghdad and concrete blast walls that divide the capital could soon be removed, a senior Iraqi military official said on Saturday.

Lieutenant-General Abboud Qanbar said the success of a year-long clampdown named "Operation Imposing Law" had reined in the savage violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs dominant under Saddam Hussein.

"In a time when you could hear nothing but explosions, gunfire and the screams of mothers and fathers and sons, and see bodies that were burned and dismembered, the people of Baghdad were awaiting Operation Imposing Law," Qanbar told reporters.

Qanbar pointed to the number of dead bodies turning up on the capital's streets as an indicator of success.

In the six weeks to the end of 2006, an average of 43 bodies were found dumped in the city each day as fierce sectarian fighting threatened to turn into full-scale civil war.

That figure fell to four a day in 2008, in the period up to February 12, said Qanbar, who heads the Baghdad security operation.

"Various enemy activities" had fallen by between 75 and 80 percent since the security plan was implemented, he said.

To demonstrate how life had improved, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki toured parts of the city on Saturday, visiting Iraqi forces and checkpoints.

"He wanted ... to send a message to the terrorists that security in Baghdad is prevailing now," one official said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedainiraq; iraq; petraus; progress; supportthemission; supportthetroops

1 posted on 02/16/2008 2:53:34 PM PST by faq
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To: faq

I’d call that victorious. Excellent job by the US, Iraqis and Coalition.


2 posted on 02/16/2008 2:55:03 PM PST by SolidWood (All conservative effort into retaking Congress!)
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To: faq

Wow. I’m so proud of our military.


3 posted on 02/16/2008 2:56:25 PM PST by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: faq

I am at the point now to ask; “What the hell was Rumsfeld thinking to disband the Iraqi Army?”

Sounds like the Gates team is listening to the people on the ground and using tactics that work.


4 posted on 02/16/2008 3:04:35 PM PST by BeAllYouCanBe (Until Americans love their own children more than they love Nancy Pelosi this suicide will continue.)
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To: faq; SandRat; Allegra; All

PAGING SANDRATTTT


5 posted on 02/16/2008 3:04:38 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: manic4organic
Me too.

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, et.al. can go pound sand. They shouldn't be allowed near anyone in the military.

6 posted on 02/16/2008 3:05:17 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: SevenofNine; 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; ...

PING


7 posted on 02/16/2008 3:23:44 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: faq

Really Good News!


8 posted on 02/16/2008 3:27:35 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: SandRat; faq
Bu...bu...but abcnbccbscnnmsnbcnytlatnpr says were losing!!/s
9 posted on 02/16/2008 3:27:40 PM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SandRat

I wonder if Nancy Pelosi would still say SEE it not working Surge beating US troops

LOL!


10 posted on 02/16/2008 3:28:24 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: SandRat

I wonder if Nancy Pelosi would still say SEE it not working Surge beating US troops

LOL!


11 posted on 02/16/2008 3:28:32 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: PROCON

hehehehehe... they lie.


12 posted on 02/16/2008 3:28:59 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: faq

YES!!!

GREAT NEWS!!!


13 posted on 02/16/2008 3:30:02 PM PST by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: SevenofNine

Princess Pelosi would still lie.


14 posted on 02/16/2008 3:30:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

I call Nancy Pelsoi Gloria Swanson of Senate LOL!

Give Gloria some crediit here least she didn’t have that much plastic surgery than Nancy has YIKES LOL!


15 posted on 02/16/2008 3:34:03 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: SevenofNine

She smiles Like Count Sardonica from a Vincent Price Horror Flik.


16 posted on 02/16/2008 3:37:15 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe

I agree, but hindsight is 20/20

back then i thought it was a good idea, and in retrospect it probably still is. They were all hard-wired with decades of corruption


17 posted on 02/16/2008 4:05:15 PM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: faq

Great news!! God bless our military, the coalition forces, and the Iraqis.


18 posted on 02/16/2008 4:18:39 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: faq

The surge will never work....


19 posted on 02/16/2008 6:13:27 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: faq
Obama July 2007....."Here's what we know. The surge has not worked. And they said today, 'Well, even in September, we're going to need more time.' So we're going to kick this can all the way down to the next president, under the president's plan."
20 posted on 02/16/2008 6:17:38 PM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe

“I am at the point now to ask; “What the hell was Rumsfeld thinking to disband the Iraqi Army?”

Sounds like the Gates team is listening to the people on the ground and using tactics that work.”

The Iraqi army was disband and rebuilt from the ground up. The actions of the Iraqi army that we are reading is the new Iraqi army that was begun under Rumsfeld, not the old Iraqi army that was trained under Saddam Hussein.


21 posted on 02/16/2008 8:16:16 PM PST by mjaneangels@aolcom
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To: faq

Tragically, 21 year old Sgt. Corey E. Spates of 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, MND-North was killed on February 10 when his vehicle was struck by an IED in Diyala Province, Iraq.

However, in the face of that tragedy is a small silver lining. Sgt. Spates, you see, was the last American killed by hostile action in Iraq. Note the date. February 10.

Due to time zones, it is now February 17 in Iraq.

We’ve therefor gone a week without losing another good American to enemy action. Or put another way, Al Qaeda has become so impotent as to be unable to kill any of us in the entire last week.

Most cities of any appreciable size lose more Americans per week than the above to drunks, or to home fires, or to...drum roll...lightening strikes.

Al Qaeda has been obliterated in Iraq.


22 posted on 02/16/2008 8:20:08 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: faq
80%. That smells like victory. :-D

It sure is quiet out there for the most part these days.

Last year around this time, it was quite noisy.

23 posted on 02/16/2008 11:03:29 PM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe

It was not Rummy it was Paul Bremer that disbanded the Iraq Army.


24 posted on 02/16/2008 11:17:17 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: faq
Going to be very interesting hearing what General Petraus has to say next month to the Democrat Congress.
25 posted on 02/18/2008 2:09:07 AM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: BeAllYouCanBe
Sounds like the Gates team is listening to the people on the ground and using tactics that work.

Sounds like you have no idea what is going on in Iraq and merely are regurgitating the slogans screamed by Dincon Washington DC "News Media" clowns too arrogantly stupid to admit they have been wrong about Iraq from the start.

Counter Insurgency is not Total War. Different mission, different tactics, different problems. The Surge is working because we have the Iraqi forces up and running for us to back up.

We would not of had the Iraqi forces working if Rumsfeild had listen to the "boots on the Ground" clowns in DC in 2004-2005. This is Rummy's victory, not Gates.

Rummy outfought the DC based Dincocon idiots who wanted to Americanize the war in 2004-2005 because he knew victory ultimately rested with Iraqis, not us. Because Rummy was smart enough, and tough enough to beat down the stupid "Realists" in DC, Iraqi is a massive victory for the USA instead of a defeat.

Rummy's only mistake was underestimating how long it would take the Iraqis to get their forces up and running and how petty and politically vindictive the DC Old Boy's club is toward people who show them just how stupid, and petty, a bunch of clowns they are.

26 posted on 02/18/2008 2:17:13 AM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: faq

Shhhhh. Keep this under your hat. Not until we elect a pansie or a grouchy old lady for President.


27 posted on 02/18/2008 5:54:00 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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