Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday Sign of Hope November 18th 2007

US military says Iraq violence down sharply since US surge


U.S. officials in Baghdad report a 55% drop in violence in Iraq since the American troop buildup was completed early this summer.

Rear Admiral Gregory Smith says attacks in some areas are at their lowest levels in more than two years.

Embassy spokesman Philip Reeker says it's too early to credit a pledge by Iran to halt the flow of arms across its border into Iraq. And Admiral Smith says Iran is still regarded as a "principle supplier of weapons, arms, training and funding for many militia groups." He says, "That has not changed." Still, he says, the trend seems to be in the right direction.


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