U.S. Sees Iraqi Insurgency's Decline

(Washington Post) Steve Fainaru - Insurgent attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which numbered more than 100 a week in mid-November, have declined by almost half, according to the military. Indirect attacks - generally involving mortars or rockets - on U.S. bases fell from more than 200 a month in December to fewer than 10 in March. Attacks also have declined precipitously in other parts of Iraq, creating a growing belief among U.S. commanders that the insurgency is losing potency. The military attributes the decline to a grinding counterinsurgency operation - now in its 20th month, as well as Iraqis' increased willingness to provide information about insurgents and the growing presence of the new Iraqi security forces throughout the country.

2005-04-15 00:00:00

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