Yesterday, for the first time since March of 2003, there were no military casualties in Anbar.
No American casualties, No Iraqi casualties.
None, zero, zip.
Joint Chiefs spokesman Major General Richard Sherlock made that statement Wednesday.
This looks impressive:
|Violence in and around Baghdad||down 59 %|
|Car bombs||down 65 %|
|Casualties from car bombs and roadside bombs||down 80 %|
|Casualties from enemy attacks||down 77 %|
|Operations against Iraqi security forces||down 62 %|
|Assassination attempts for sectarian reasons||down 72 %|
I may be over-simplifying, or being naive, but this really does look like good news. For America and Iraq, at least.
Two things happened in Iraq this year:
- The Anbar Awakening - sheiks decided that Al Qaeda in Iraq wasn't good for Iraq.
(They were thinking about it before September, when Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Risha's assassination helped make up their minds.)
- The troop surge that peaked in June, 2007.