Civilian and military casualties down in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Deaths among American forces and Iraqi civilians fell dramatically last month to their lowest levels in more than a year, according to figures compiled by the U.S. military, the Iraqi government and The Associated Press.

The decline signaled a U.S. success in bringing down violence in Baghdad and surrounding regions since Washington completed its infusion of 30,000 more troops on June 15.

A total of 64 American forces died in September — the lowest monthly toll since July 2006.

The decline in Iraqi civilian deaths was even more dramatic, falling from 1,975 in August to 922 last month, a decline of 53.3 percent. The breakdown in September was 844 civilians and 78 police and Iraqi soldiers, according to Iraq's ministries of Health, Interior and Defense.

While one month's statistics is hardly something to base long-term predictions upon, it's certainly welcome news and something we hope to see more of .

While the terrorists in Iraq are changing tactics and approaches in order to remain a force to be reckoned with, our troops, the best in the world, are just as good, if not better, at adapting to this evolving combat environment. The aggressive and innovative tactics shown since the troop surge began certainly suggest our forces are doing just that, and hopefully these efforts will continue to bear fruit.

1 Response to "Civilian and military casualties down in Iraq"

  1. Run Forrest, Run 1/10/07 23:41
    That headline (or a version of it) is straight from a recent edition of Stars and Stripes (Mideast Edition).

    We agree. It's good news.

    But, be careful. Time will tell.

    Who knows what will happen next in the "...hills of Pakistan", in Afghanistan or throughout Iraq.

    Remember when things were "looking up" so much in Vietnam we started turning the war over to them?

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